Why Are San Marzano Tomatoes Special?

When chefs throughout the world prepare authentic Italian sauce, San Marzano tomatoes are their preference. These thin, pointy, sweet plum tomatoes  are essential ingredients for an authentic Pizza Napolitana, according to the Verace Pizza Napolitana Association in Naples, Italy. San … Continued

Restaurant Recommendations in Italy

Certainly one of the best things about traveling to Italy is the food. Mangia, mangia! In Italy there are thousands of restaurants and almost every one of them is Italian. I almost laugh when someone asks for a recommendation of … Continued

A Solo Traveler Goes on a Small Group Tour

From the title of my first book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy, many of you know that I travel solo to Italy and I enjoy the experience. I value the freedom that comes with … Continued

Lunch at La Sponda Restaurant

Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano has been in the Sersale family since 1951 when Marchesi Sersale converted their summer villa into a beautiful hotel. In keeping with the look of a home, this 58-room luxury hotel sits high above the … Continued

Cooking Class in Sicily

I have never taken a cooking class before and am excited to be here at Agriturismo Tarantola with my sister-in-law, Monica. The welcoming Signor Filippo is tall and attractive and molto gentile, very kind. After ushering us inside his cucina, … Continued

Driving in Sicily – More Tales of Getting Lost

As I was planning this trip to Italy,  I had the idea to take a cooking class, for something different. My sister-in-law, Monica, also liked the idea, and knew that my brother, Rick, wouldn’t care about it. He could find … Continued

Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family

We were about to experience a real treat – Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family. Angela arrived early and we left for Caltagirone in our rented Alfa Romeo with Rick driving. The traffic through Catania was horrible as usual, … Continued

A Day in Cesarò

After breakfast on the outside terrace of our hotel, Monica and I bought some cookies at the farmers market set up in the piazza in front of the hotel. We also bought a potted plant to take to Maria in … Continued

COOKING IN ITALY ? Guest Post by FLAVOURS HOLIDAYS

YOU’LL BE SPOILED FOR CHOICE! Italian cookery offers many variations throughout the country. Some features are well rooted in every part of the country, like the importance of olive oil, wine, cheese, and the usage of high-quality fresh ingredients. Each … Continued

An Interview with Chef Dawn of B&D Culinary Sensations

I am honored to interview my friend, Dawn DeStefano, whom I first met while taking Italian classes. I knew then that Dawn had a special talent, not only in her skills with the Italian language, but in her ability to … Continued

10 Top Tips for Solo Travel – Guest Post by FlavoursHolidays

Today I am honored to feature a special guest blog post  from FlavoursHolidays. 10 top tips for solo travel Some years ago I was planning a family trip to Italy. The kids were in their late teens, my husband was … Continued

Margie in Italy
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