I love to think, read, write about food. Mostly Italian food. So, this blog is designed to be an assortment of all these things that I love. I am not a food stylist and I won’t share many of my own recipes, I just want to tell stories and make dinners.

As Giorgio Locatelli describes so well in his book Made in Italy, ‘la convivialita’ is the word that best describes how Italians feel about food. The greatest sign of affection is to feed people and at the heart of their cooking is the pleasure that comes from sharing a meal with friends. This is the closest I have come to explaining why Italian food has captured my heart.

My introduction to this world was not from an Italian, but an Englishman, an Essex boy in fact. Jamie Oliver was the one who first showed me how to use olive oil, garlic, lemon and chilli. From there my obsession grew and ever since I read insatiably about Italian food and cooked the recipes that are the most intuitive to me. I am completely fascinated by the nuances of regionality and the steadfast insistence that each style of cooking is the right way. I now want to explore this for myself with the help of my friends and my dining table.

That Alice falls into a magical world, this blog is another Alice explore a different but equally enchanting world. Down the rabbit hole I go. 

Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly and then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed: it was labelled “ORANGE MARMALADE,” but to her great disappointment it was empty, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fell past it.

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventure’s In Wonderland