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Leaving Modica, Sicily, May 31, 2014

One year ago, today, we were boarding a plane in Catania to Rome. It was the end of two glorious weeks in Sicily at The Villa Modica. It was tough leaving. Really tough. We had more fun than six people should be allowed to have. We’ve thought of the pla...

Olive Oil from Modica

George, our host in Sicily, when we visited last May, is a true Renaissance Man. Once we left the 1-800-world of big-box home centers and 24-hour supermarkets, we entered a world where your ingenuity and creativity are the keys to survival. He has caper bus...

Focaccia – Ragusa-Style

  One of our many fun food finds in Sicily was a local take on focaccia. While everywhere we we...

Our Last Night in Modica

Our host at Villa Modica had been so wonderful, we wanted to show a bit of our appreciation by taki...

Sunday Dinner Sicilian-Style

Pretty much everyone has a version of Sunday Dinner, but the Italians have raised it to an art-form....

Pesce Fresco

I knew coming to Sicily we would be having some great seafood. What I didn’t realize was how m...

Handmade Ricotta

So… when was the last time you were in a rustic farmhouse in Sicily eating handmade pasta and...

The Food! The Food!

I’m sitting in a gazebo by the pool, trying to put words to the gastronomic sensations we have...

The First Meal Out

  We woke up to a bit of a gray day, today. Since we had been following the weather, we knew we...

Florentine Dinnerware

Oh boy!  Guess what was waiting for me when I got home from work today?!?  If you guessed “...

Reflections on Food…

We’re back. It was a long, long travel day – but not as long as Phoebe and Nancy and the girls....

The Foods of Venice…

We had been in Venice for a few hours and had worked (walked) our way from the hotel to the Rialto, ...

It helps when the waiter is cute!

What do you get when you cross a small, cozy restaurant with excellent food and a cute-as-a-button f...

Food in Firenze

  We have been eating well.  From simple salamis and cheeses along with a bruschetta I made, ...