Join Me on the Food of the Italian South Book Tour!

Written by Katie Parla on March 11, 2019

OMG Food of the Italian South is out today! It feels like this book has been so long in the making (possibly because it has?) and I can hardly believe it’s finally hitting bookstores in less than 48 hours. Over the past 3 months, while the book was being printed, I was organizing the first of several book tour legs. The first hits the road on publication day.

I can’t imagine a better place to start than Fiorella in Rochester. Owners Alison and Gino Ruggiero are not only amazing they are also really rooted in the food of the south Italy. Gino’s family is from Campania and I can only assume that a dozen or more of his family members will be at Fiorella to welcome me back. The tour then heads to the Midwest, then the Mountains, then the West Coast before heading back East to NYC, DC, NJ, Boston, Providence, and a bunch of PA locations. You can check out what I’ve got cooking below. And if you don’t see your town listed, let me know (btw I plan to visit Seattle, Portland, and various southern locales, as well as Toronto and Montreal)! I have summer and fall tour legs in the works already and I’ll be updating my events page and Food of the Italian South cookbook page regularly as events are confirmed.

If you can’t make it to one of the dinners, demos, or signings I have planned, you can snag a copy of the book from your local indie or an online retailer–or the best of both worlds, Omnivore in San Francisco (I can personalize those orders)!  Hope to see ya out there. Follow my Instagram stories and posts to see what I get up to. Oh, and where you see an (*) is where my friend Giuseppe Di Martino and his zio Gaetano have generously sponsored the events, so look out for their delicious Pastificio Di Martino (since 1912!) brand pastas at those dinners.


March 12, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Fiorella in Rochester *

March 13-14, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Sotto in Cincinnati *

March 15, 2019 Demo and Signing at Glorioso’s in Milwaukee

March 16, 2019 Event at Anodyne in Milwaukee *

March 18, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at SheWolf in Detroit

March 19, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Monteverde in Chicago *

March 20, 2019 Aperitivo at Lost Lake in Chicago *

March 21, 2019 Signing at Bonci in Chicago

March 24, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Coperta in Denver *

March 25, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Frasca in Boulder

March 26, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Felix in Los Angeles

March 27, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at A16 in Oakland*

March 28, 2019 Signing at Omnivore in San Francisco

March 29, 2019 Cookbook Event at La Storia in San Jose

March 31, 2019 Signing at Now Serving in Los Angeles

April 2, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Tratto in Phoenix*

April 3, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Vetri in Vegas*

April 5, 2019 Cookbook Launch and Dinner at Corbo & Sons at Bell Market in Holmdel, NJ

April 7, 2019 Ice Cream Happy Hour at OddFellows in Brooklyn

April 8, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Contra in NYC

April 9, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Officina in DC

April 10, 2019 (Optional) Run and Aperitivo at Lululemon in NYC

April 11, 2019 Pizza Party at Ops in Brooklyn

April 14, 2019 Presentation and Signing at Altomonte’s in Doylestown, PA

April 15, 2019 Cookbook dinner at Andiario in West Chester, PA

April 16, 2019 Cookbook Presentation at Drexel in Philadelphia

April 17, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Luca in Lancaster, PA

April 18, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Sarto in Providence

April 19, 2019 Cookbook Q&A and Signing at Archestratus in Brooklyn

April 22, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Osteria Radici in Allentown, NJ

April 23, 2019 Cookbook Dinner at Coppa in Boston

April 25, 2019 Talk and Signing at Semolina Artisanal Pasta in Pasadena, CA

April 27, 2019 Demo and Wine Tasting at Lou in Los Angeles

April 29, 2019 Cookbook Dinner with Helen’s Wines at Animal in Los Angeles

*Event sponsored by Pastificio Di Martino

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