/Basilicata
21 06, 2018

Food of the Italian South Cookbook Now Available for Pre-Order!

2018-06-21T16:35:53+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Basilicata, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Naples & Campania, Pizza, Puglia, Recipes|9 Comments

I have a few super exciting things to announce! First, Untitled South Italy Cookbook finally has a title: Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes. The book also has a cover (focaccia!!!) and a publication date (March 12, 2019!!!). If it seems like a long time has passed since I [...]

12 12, 2016

Announcing the Untitled Southern Italy Cookbook

2017-02-17T15:14:44+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Travel|17 Comments

Il Vecchio Castagno in Serrastretta, Calabria It's been a very, very long year for many, many reasons, among them a very demanding and ambitious tour to promote Tasting Rome. I really wore myself out on the road and, while I did have the time of my life, I feel like I have aged [...]

20 07, 2012

Hotel Review: Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata

2017-02-17T15:17:50+00:00 July 20th, 2012|Categories: Accommodations, Basilicata, Travel|7 Comments

Back in March, Mamma Parla and I took a trip to Basilicata, one of our southern Italian ancestral homelands. We traced family roots, visited a deserted city, and checked out Francis Ford Coppola's newest resort. Check out my review of the place in this Sunday's NYT Travel section.

24 03, 2012

Craco, Basilicata’s Deserted City

2017-02-17T15:19:17+00:00 March 24th, 2012|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Travel|9 Comments

I have been pretty obsessed with Basilicata ever since my first visit there 5 years ago to update the Rough Guide to Italy. My dad and I spent a little over a week in Matera, the region’s main tourist attraction, and used the Sassi as a base to gorge on carbs research the eastern part [...]

24 03, 2012

Craco, Basilicata's Deserted City

2017-02-17T15:19:14+00:00 March 24th, 2012|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Travel|11 Comments

I have been pretty obsessed with Basilicata ever since my first visit there 5 years ago to update the Rough Guide to Italy. My dad and I spent a little over a week in Matera, the region’s main tourist attraction, and used the Sassi as a base to gorge on carbs research the eastern part [...]

23 03, 2012

A Thorny Family Tree Emerges in Basilicata

2017-02-17T15:19:21+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Mamma Parla, Travel|20 Comments

Approaching Spinosa from the east. The story of uncovering our roots begins in 1996 at my maternal grandparent’s 50th anniversary party in Princeton, NJ. Though they had already retired to Jacksonville, my grandfather threw my grandmother a surprise party up north because it was closer to most of their family and friends, who were based [...]