THANKSGIVING IN TRIESTE

For the first time in 4 years I am not going to the US for Thanksgiving to spend time with family and friends. Thanks to Covid-19, this year we are staying put in Trieste and, to add insult to injury, current restrictions prevent us from sharing this special day with our local friends. So how…

TASTE OF TRIESTE: Grappa di Erba Luigia

My social circles have shrunk noticeably in the last 9 months. I no longer host dinner parties for 20, or 10 or really anyone anymore. Rarely do I meet friends for dinner or cocktails (maybe 6 times since March) and now with the new restrictions even those options are off the table. Socializing has become…

EASTER PIE 🌸 PASTIERA

The other day I posted a picture on FB of my 2020 Easter (pandemic) pie. My cousin commented that my Aunt Rosie, who passed away last year, didn’t leave him the recipe for her fantastic easter pie. When I lived in New York, Easter prep would include a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx…

ROSA DI GORIZIA

Ode to the Rosa di Gorizia courtesy of Rosenbar Restaurant   In the dead of winter, when all else struggles to bloom, the Rosa di Gorizia is the first “flower” to appear in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.  I’m talking about a local variety of red radicchio (Cichorium intybus) that has been cultivated in and…

TASTE OF TRIESTE: TARTARA DI BOVINO

Walking around Trieste, you will notice that many butcher shops have signs advertising the availability of steak tartare on Fridays and Saturdays. This struck me as unusual in more ways than one; having grown up in an Italian-American family, Fridays was rigorously a “no meat” day in the Catholic practice of self-discipline and penance. And…

EASTER PIE 🌸 PASTIERA

The other day I posted on FB a picture of my 2020 Easter (pandemic) pie. My cousin commented that when his mom, my Aunt Rosie passed away, he was sad to find that there was no trace of her fantastic easter pie recipe. When I lived in New York, Easter prep would include a trip…