Italian back to school menus

Italian back to school menus

This week Italian students will reluctantly go back to school after a 3-month vacation. One thing they will be looking forward to, however, is lunch. Back to school season in Italy means celebrating the “Mediterranean diet” in the school cafeteria. Here’s...
Cocktail Culture

Cocktail Culture

When I was a teen, I remember that when my dad came home from the office (think Don Draper in Mad Men) he’d fix Manhattans for himself and my mom. Like many American homes in the ‘60s and ‘70s there was always a stocked bar. Being the curious person that I am, I...
A Tavola! Italians at the Table

A Tavola! Italians at the Table

Eating is a cultural expression. La buona tavola – the good table – is not just a euphemism for fine dining, it is the reflection of Italy’s particularly convivial character. Italians have very few rules and most of them can be broken. The situation changes entirely...
Life Lessons and Cheese

Life Lessons and Cheese

I’ve always worked behind the camera. In the 15 years as a freelance script supervisor, I did get the occasional cameo — production teams save cash by casting crew-members in bit roles — but that was as far as it ever went. My family’s showbiz heritage...
Working With Roman Artisans Has Its Benefits

Working With Roman Artisans Has Its Benefits

For my second collection of furniture for Ralph Pucci International, I thought of making something from lengths of thin blocks of hardwood. I wanted them to look a bit like butcher blocks but since each length of wood needed to be epoxied to the next, the materials...