In the Company of Chefs.

Introduction
My interest in food started early in life. I would sit in our kitchen in Rome and watch my mother prepare our family dinner, which was served almost every day of the week upon my father’s return from the office. Since we lived in Rome for the better part of 20 years, the menu consisted mainly of Italian inspired dishes with an occasional splash of my Mom’s German upbringing.

The Best Pasta in L.A.

THE BEST PASTA IN L.A.
Italian restaurants are ubiquitous throughout L.A. However there are only a handful of places that can be considered as the best in the city. I grew up in a culture where pasta was the main staple of the family meal. The ingredients and techniques that once made up these delicious recipes have changed dramatically over the years.

EMILIA ROMAGNA CULINARY TRIP – UPDATE

Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana was just named Best Restaurant in the world at the Top 50 World Restaurants awards. This is the first time an Italian restaurant has been awarded this prestigious recognition and it provides all Italians with a  great deal of joy and pride.

FUSILLI WITH SQUID AND SAFFRON SAUCE

I found this recipe in a great cookbook from one of my favorite restaurants in Sydney, Pilu. You need to keep your eyes on the sauce, since not much liquid is used you need to make sure it does not dry up. Use a bit more wine or add some pasta cooking liquid to keep it loose. The result is simply delicious. Recipe serves 6 people.