A Hot Italian to Sauce Up Your Summer

August 5, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers — It is summer-time and I am getting a bit slap-happy so forgive me if you think I am being immature.  My blogger buddy Adri of AdriBarrCrocetti.com sent me the Bertoli Olive Oil advertisement that plays on all sorts of silly stereo-types of Italian men (and perhaps the anti-hero there is either American […]


Cocktails, Spike Heels and Skulduggery

July 1, 2013
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Cocktail season has arrived in Rome…. a series of swanky events at elegant Roman Villas owned by foreign embassies.  The biggest one that attracts the crème de la crème of Rome is the US Embassy Fourth of July party in the extensive gardens of the splendid Villa Taverna, home to the US Ambassador.  There you […]


Divine Julius – An Italian Politician

This past week for me has been a strange experience of ushering in the new, and ushering  out the old in Italian politics.  Last week I did a post on Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black Minister, who represents a clear break from the old ways of getting things done in Italian politics (See Post “Call […]


Mario Balotelli Forever!

February 6, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers — Any of you who read my post last summer on Balotelli’s Mamma know that I am a fan of Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli, not for his golden feet and the goals he scores with them, but for what he has put up with and accomplished.   Mario Balotelli remains the first […]


Part II – Italian Men: SPLAT

February 2, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers– Below is Part II of Catherine’s hilarious tale and I will leave it to her except a few brief notes.  First to say I am pleased that she found some of the things she had read on my blog about Italian men and Italian culture to be true and second that I […]


Italian Men: Masters in Seduction

January 30, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers —  Today I have a little surprise.  A loyal reader of this blog sent me an email with an hilarious tale and word of warning on Italian men, the masters of seduction.  We agreed that I would change a few details and names in her story so that she and the Italian […]


Spitting Image

December 22, 2012
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Dealing with an adolescent is a Herculean task for any mother, in any country. Adolescents have a way of getting under their mother’s skin, being rude, obnoxious and irritating, and challenging their parents’ authority at every turn. Nico, my first child, rose to the occasion, making sure I had full-immersion training in dealing with all […]


The Great Brunello Mystery

December 9, 2012
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The vandals came in the night a week ago on December 2nd. They smashed a heavy glass door and then slipped down the stairs, deep below ground, apparently unnoticed into the wine cellar and opened the spigots on 10 large wooden casks of one of the most prized wines in the world, Soldera’s Brunello di […]