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Cesare Casella says being Italian is not about where you’re from…

It’s not about the kind of food you eat or the fashion you wear. Being Italian is about your lifestyle. It is about a lifestyle that embraces simplicity, knowledge and enjoyment of life. When one lives simply, seeks knowledge and maximizes their enjoyment in the process, one is living truly Italian.


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Where there is Italian cooking, there will always be Marcella Hazan

I just saw this cartoon about the great Marcella Hazan, who you probably know died in September. The cartoon is from The New Yorker cartoonist David Sipress and you can also read his full tribute to Marcella here. David writes about how she changed his life and really, I think she did that for everyone […]


Romeo & Juliet Take Me Back to Verona

I see that there is a new production of Romeo & Juliet on Broadway with Orlando Bloom and a new movie version with two kids I never heard of. You probably know the movie follows two other versions — one with Claire Danes and Leo, and the one I remember from when I was a […]


Anyone Can Be a Regular

This morning I read Frank Bruni’s article , “Familiarity Breeds Content” and I found myself thinking about my customers. I started my life surrounded by regulars. When I was a child at Vipore the regulars were like part of the family. I saw generations of families visit us over the years. For baptisms, birthdays, and anniversaries. We […]