Cooking with Diva in Montepulciano

It was like a top secret mission – we were told to be at Sant’Agnese, the 14th century church located outside the ancient walls of Montepulciano at 5:30 pm and a driver would meet us. When we arrived at the church a man was standing there.  He glanced furtively at us and after a few minutes he quietly asked us if we were waiting for a ride.  I nodded yes and as I turned away, I noticed a couple walking […]

Spiedo at La Torre

The day was gorgeous – sunny, blue sky with a few puffy clouds and my friend Deborah from the Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori del Garda and I were headed to La Torre Vineyards in the province of Brescia (Brescia is the province in Italy that borders the western end of Lake Garda and is located in Lombardy).  Yes we were going for the wine, but we were also going for what Deborah promised me was an authentic Brescian […]

Reality Check

As the morning sun streams through the leaded glass pane, I sip my warm cappuccino while gazing at the piazza that lies below.  The aroma of freshly baked bread wafts up from the bakery as the green grocer next door opens his shop, filled with garden fresh fruits and vegetables.  A woman across they way hums as she waters her window boxes, overflowing with crimson geraniums. And the street cleaner whistles La Traviata as his straw broom sweeps across the cobblestones…. Huh? […]