My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

October 2012

Reminiscing Hot Sicilian Days and Nights

And so daylight saving (ora legale) ended this weekend here in Italy. While it was nice to get that extra hour sleep on Sunday morning, it only signifies the winter that is to come. As the days get shorter and the nights colder, I can do nothing but reminisce of the beautiful summer just gone. After Lazio (home to the city I love and live in) and Abruzzo (the region

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Porcini and Truffle Degustation

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you probably haven’t been bombarded with my pics of the most fantastic 8 course degustation of porcini mushroom and truffle (that’s tartufo – in case you’ve been living under a rock!) I experienced couple of weeks ago. (If you do follow me on those platforms, well a little repeat truffle / porcini pic never killed anyone!) 🙂 The dinner was

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Fine Dining in Rome: La Pergola

At the end of August, to bid my sister farewell after an epic European holiday, we dined at what has been referred to as the best restaurant in Rome, if not Italy. La Pergola restaurant and terrace bar is located within Rome’s Hotel Cavalieri (a Hilton Waldorf Astoria hotel) and boasts 3 Michelin stars among many other prestigious international awards. Here, the degustation menu will set you back a lazy

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Under the Calabrian Sun

You’ve probably been living under a rock if you don’t know where Calabria is. Think south of the south of Italy. It’s basically the toe of this beautiful and stylish boot. Infamously renowned worldwide for origins of organised crime, here the mafia is called the ndranghetta. But more importantly, the region has a rich and colorful history, a spectacular coastline and typical southern Mediterranean cuisine. I returned to Calabria for

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