The Aperitivo Tradition

The experience of the aperitivo is a consolidated Italian tradition. Literally, aperitivo is a pre-meal drink whose scope is to stimulate appetite, but it has come to signify the ritual of going out for a drink at one of the many bars that offer it throughout the peninsula. “Facciamoci un aperitivo” (Let’s have an aperitivo) […]

The Grocery List: Cost Plus World Market

When thinking groceries, Cost Plus is not the first place that jumps to mind. However Cost Plus carries some specialty dry food products and great tools that are hard to find elsewhere- and they’re all sensibly priced. Here’s what I would go to Cost Plus for… First of all, coffee. Cost Plus has the most […]

Il Fornaio, Palo Alto

I find Il Fornaio a hit-and-miss place. Despite their large success in terms of clientèle, I am not always persuaded I am having an Italian experience. There are many compromises Il Fornaio had to take in order to get t its great success, and some of those are not too pleasant for someone looking for […]

Quattro, Palo Alto

Quattro is the hip modern Italian restaurant inside the Four Seasons hotel in Palo Alto. It is a white tablecloth restaurant, quite sophisticated, with an amazing decor (the life-sized “negative space” sculptures representing the four seasons are quite impressive!). It is not a stuffy restaurant like you’d expect in a high-scale hotel like the Four […]

Almare Gelato Italiano, Berkeley

I usually find that, compared to the gelato I get in Italy, the products I find here either lack in taste or have the wrong texture. Gelato is supposed to be smooth and soft, more similar to the texture of frozen yogurt than the one of ice cream. So, I have very rarely found a […]