♥ Kiss the Cook! ♥

Spacer-LaDolceVitaLa dolce vita certainly includes immersing in the cuisine of a place. And doing a little “hands on” immersion is especially gratifying for me.  Even though I would not be considered a good cook, I love to eat! And I love to eat what is local, regional, traditional...accompanied, naturally, by local, regional, traditional wine!A V w pasta

♥ Oh, and the final ingredient? Friends!!! ♥

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There’s no doubt that the cuisine of a place tells the story of the people of that place and by sharing that experience, it brings us closer to their heritage and world and, certainly deepens our appreciation of their culture and customs...at least it does for me.

That said, I wanted to highlight some fabulous hands-on food-related experiences I’ve had over the past year in Italy. Some are cooking classes, some are wine tastings, some are visits to local artisans who are carrying on the traditions of their region…I hope you will enjoy with me as I revisit these very special experiences with very special people!

Buon Appetito!"Rolling out" new options & ideas!Spacer-LaDolceVitaLet’s start with a few specialties from…


From Genoa: Presto! It’s Pesto!Photos Victoria De MaioA Sweet Tradition in Genoa!Romeo Viganotti, GenoaEmilia-Romagna

Making FRESH Gelato in Bologna!Photos: Victoria De MaioUmbria, the Green Heart

Fresh Pasta & More at Fontanaro

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Cooking & eating together – fresh & organic!

Puglia, the Salento

All Ears in Puglia: Making Orecchiette PastaPuglia - orecchiette

Lecce’s Delicious Dolce, Pasticciotto!

Local specialties!

Local specialties!

And Some Market Crawls…(Remember! No touching allowed!)

Genoa: Market OrientalePhoto Victoria De Maio

Lecce: Food Market!

Puglia - Lecce Market

Venice: The Rialto Fish Market & More!

Photo by Victoria De Maio

Definitely eat local – cicchetti are a must!

Florence: Il Mercato CentraleFlorence - marketRome: Campo Di FioriRome Walks Food 2014Rome: TestaccioRome marketSpacer-LaDolceVitaV apron - small no Lulu

And, I have “cooked up” new ways for YOU to enjoy la dolce vita!

Find out how we can design your “la dolce vita” experience & how you can savor authentic Italy with Friends of Victoria!



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