Honorng the Passion of Italy’s Patron Saint

October 4 marks the feast of St. Francis, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone in 1182, the son of a prosperous textile merchant in Assisi.  The ringleader of a band of hard-drinking, carousing young men who delighted “in practical jokes, in pranks, in...

Confessions of an Italian Appassionata

In a culinary academy in Florence, I asked an architect-turned-chef-turned-restaurateur about the passions that had changed her life: How did she know that she was choosing the right one? “Ah, signora,” she replied. “We do not choose our passion. Passion chooses us.”...

The Power of a Passion for Italy

My little book on the Italian language had taken a beating. The couple who brought the tattered, battered copy of LA BELLA LINGUA: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language to the Italian Cultural and Community Center in Houston explained...