Friday, December 18th, 2015

lioThis is the season of traditions and time with family. I grew up in a catholic family, so Christmas was also an important time because it’s the most important holiday for Christians. We usually started preparations by building a nice centerpiece with 4 candles for the table, one for each Sunday before Christmas.
In December, on Sunday afternoons, my family would go to see the nativities in the different churches around town. 

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Thursday, November 12th, 2015

italytripI recently made a short trip in Italy to spend some time with my beloved sister. It was a special treat just for me and her:  5 days alone for same quality time together in Milan.

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

magiBecause the Magi apparently arrived after Christ was born, on January 6, this is the day we exchange presents (whoops... not in the 25th !!!) to remember and celebrate the gifts the Magi offered to baby Jesus.
Epiphany is the day when all Christmas decorations need to be taken down. I Italy it is bad luck to take them down earlier

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

panettoneChristmas is approaching, and - like we do every year - we're getting ready to bake hundreds of panettoni.
Italy is made of 21 different regions, each with its own traditional foods and culinary habits. A few months ago I decided to poll a few dozen Italian friends from different corners of the country, and I asked them what they identified as the 'most significant traditional Christmas food'. Aside from a number of regional dishes and sweets, there was a general consensus on one food: the Christmas Panettone.

In December you can get one of our house-made Panettoni at our store, or order it online. Many of you are familiar with the Panettone, but I'm sure most of you don't know the story of how and when it was invented.... read on. 

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

I may be a chef, but at the end of every summer, I wig out organizing the lunchboxes of my (culinary demanding!) children.I grew up in Italy where school is only in the mornings, and every student comes back home around 1.30pm and sits down for his hearty and warm Italian lunch.

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