Pan di Spagna and Zuppa Inglese

For a fiercely localized culinary tradition like the Italian one, the fact that two staples of the Italian desserts carry foreign references is an utmost disgraceful thing. However, Pan di Spagna (literally “bread of Spain”) and Zuppa Inglese (“English Soup”) are among the most well-known and loved desserts around Italy. Quite hironically, pan di spagna […]

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

Finally, finally, finally the Peninsula is getting back a good, high-quality Italian restaurant! Ever since Donato Scotti, former chef of La Strada in Palo Alto, left to start his own venture, Donato Enoteca, we’ve been left waiting for it to open. And finally, tonight’s the night! Donato is an excellent chef, a business partner for […]

“Real” Food

Last week I was writing about Italy and how I usually loose weight when I am over there. Andrea was telling me in the comments that it sounds too good to be true, and so I ended up thinking what exactly I was eating differently. In fact, I am much more active in Palo Alto […]

A Liter of Wine

As you have gathered, I was in Italy for the past two weeks. I ate to my heart’s content and dropped 4 pounds- do you think that is a magical land? In any case, I am kicking myself for not taking pictures for this story, as it was so quintessentially Italian… As I was driving […]