November 29, 2017

The thing about a civilised dinner party where the conversation ebbs and flows harmoniously is that often one learns something new and relationships are cemented. So it was at Cath Kerry’s table recently (www.cathkerry.net/blog). I talked about la bella figura (see pre...

November 28, 2017

So many people live under the delusion that Italians are laid back, spontaneous, easy-going people. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a country where road rules are merely helpful suggestions, an Italian’s life is regulated by a multitude of dictates – some a...

November 28, 2017

I was once introduced as a “professional Italian”.  At first, I bristled. Then, I acquiesced, proud to champion my cultural heritage. I felt I had finally earned some gravitas, an authority to speak on matters Italian. I imagined the flood of awards from the Ministero...

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