Broccoletti {Eat Like a Roman}

5.22.2015

Where to Eat in Rome

Where to Eat in Rome

Last summer a new restaurant opened in my neighborhood. We went to Broccoletti a bunch of times, we sat outside on via Urbana and drank cold white Lazio wines and had fresh fish and pasta with very picky friends and old friends visiting from London and just the three of us.

We loved it every time. The menu was local and creative. But not too creative, the service was great and the location couldn’t be beat. Summer ended, there was months of road work on the street, and I kind of forgot about Broccoletti. Earlier this week when friends visiting from Tuscany wanted to meet in Monti for lunch I knew exactly where to take them.

A Weekend in Pretty Procida

5.20.2015

What to do on the Island of Procida

What to do on the Island of Procida

What to do on the Island of Procida

If Capri is the sparkly jewel, all freshly scrubbed, wear your prettiest outfit and good hair kind of place; I mean even electricity cables & drainage pipes are marked with handpainted maillorca tiles, Then the island of Procida is your beat up white superga sneakers, favorite jeans, hair scraped in a ponytail kind of place.

Just as easy to reach from Rome and Naples, this small quiet place is often overlooked for it's flashier (Capri) or larger (Ischia) neighbors. Last weekend we decided to leave the car behind in Rome and island hop. Here are a few of my favorite discoveries on the pretty island of Procida.

A Few Days in Capri and Naples

5.17.2015


Capri and Naples Travel Guide

Capri and Naples Travel Guide


I am heading south for a few days. I will be revisiting old favorite places on Capri, meeting up with the team behind a new guide book to Naples and the Amalfi Coast that I contributed to and visiting some new places to add to my Amalfi Coast ebook. 

Milan Expo 2015 {Gillian's List of Links}

5.13.2015

Visiting Milan Expo 2015

Expo 2015 in Milan is finally, really, happening. 130 countries are represented and there are 53 national pavilions to visit. The theme is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Expo 2015 runs from May - October 31.

I have rounded up some of the best articles and information out there for you to plan your trip north.

Ceramiche Sberna in Deruta {Shopping in Italy}

5.08.2015

Day Trips from Rome, Ceramic Shopping in Italy


Day Trips from Rome, Ceramic Shopping in Italy

It is wedding season. And if you are an expat, it is home leave season. That means it is the season to buy gifts. When we visit friends and family I have a general policy that I only bring gifts that can be consumed. My suitcase is filled with beautifully packaged Italian toothpaste and coffee and pasta. This year I am thinking about bringing something a little more durable. 

My pal Elizabeth literally wrote the book on ceramics in Deruta so when she gives advice I listen. Mark and I made the short drive from her Umbrian country house to the friendly and colorful Ceramiche Sberna in Deruta.

Ristorante da Nazzareno {Eat Like a Roman}

5.06.2015

Where to Eat in Rome

Where to Eat in Rome

Rome is a theatrical place. Going out to eat in Rome is a lot like going to the theater. It is all a performance. There are sets and acts and intermission. Sometimes you want a grand show with costumes and choreography and sometimes you want a simple story on a small stage. The other day I was walking home from yoga, feeling very healthy since I had exercised after an indulgent weekend and I looked up from my green juice to see a friend I had made over said indulgent weekend. Rolando was on his way to his favorite Trattoria in Rome and insisted I join him. I can't say no to a plate of amatriciana so I turned right back around and found myself at Ristorante da Nazzareno.
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