About Flora’s Table

Hello there!

FrancescaI’m Francesca. Born and raised in Rome (Italy), introvert and antisocial to the extreme, opinionated about pretty much everything and obsessed with a few “little” things including cleanliness and neatness.

I hate cold weather, small talk, getting up early in the morning, driving and jealous or cheap people. I love books, flowers, art, food (with some big exceptions), antiquities, anything beautiful, spending time with myself and, above all, my bed. All my best ideas come to me when I lie in bed!

I have a simple rule I have always lived by: I don’t waste money on cheap or fake things. They will always show and they would never give me that special feeling that I need to experience every time I look at or touch them. There is no need to own countless things. I prefer to invest my money on a few expensive pieces that are timeless and sleek and that will keep their elegance and charm despite the passing of time because of their unique, unmistakable design and top notch quality. I apply this rule to anything I buy: from clothing and jewels (I mostly wear designer jewels, with the exception of a few iconic costume jewels by Italian and French fashion designers) to household items, furniture pieces, even to food because I’m very, very careful about the quality of the perishable items I put in my body.

Needless to say, I’m an impossible person to buy presents for and family members and friends get inevitably disappointed because I’m not very good at pretending that I like what they gave me if I don’t (like it is my fault that they almost never get it right!) I’m romantic as only a bedside table can be and I hardly ever show excitement for anything. Facts of life that touch most people usually don’t affect me at all, but then I can get emotional over the most unexpected thing or gesture. I guess I was born with a very weird sensitivity chip and I can see that the people in my life have a kind of hard time dealing with it.


I married my exact opposite: Stefano (born and raised in Genoa – Northern Italy) is social, brilliant and generous. He is a great leader and a wonderful team player at the same time and he belongs to that tiny (and pretty annoying if you ask me!) category of human beings that can talk about pretty much anything, including the sex of ants, in a meaningful way.

Among his many capabilities, he is a certified sommelier with the Italian Sommelier Association and he writes beautifully and competently about wine and its kaleidoscopic world.

Stefano is also a talented photographer who mostly does nature, wildlife, some portraiture work and, during these past years, food (check out his Web Site, LightQuill.com, if you would like to take a peek!)

After much consideration, a few years into my marriage and our move to the United States, I also happened to give birth to another exact opposite of me: Her Majesty (our girl) is kind of a “mini-me version” of Stefano, who seems to have been born with all the compassion and proper social and behavioral chips that are clearly missing from my DNA. She is the one who helped me the most going through the excruciating (yes, that’s the exact word that comes to my mind every time I think about it!) and countless elementary school events and gatherings that I had to endure, teaching me (more times that I should decently admit) some lessons in the social manners and appropriate attitude department.

Last but not least, after many years of unsuccessful and yet stubborn attempts by Stefano and Her Majesty at talking me into having a pet, our house has been blessed by the adoption of our second “child” who, as opposed to the first one, has four paws and is kind of furry. Her name is Sofia, she is our beloved chocolate labrador and she managed to prove me completely wrong about my previous bias against dogs. Her sweetness, cuteness and complete inability to hurt a living thing won me over and now I can’t even remember my life before her joining our family.

This blog is meant to be a sort of documentation of what is going in our house in general.

There will be talking and posts about things that we like and believe they are worth sharing with you because they are beautiful, interesting or they may pique your interest.

There will also be talking about what is going on on our table: when it comes to food, I don’t make those sophisticated, over-complicated dishes calling for never-heard of ingredients that everybody seems to love nowadays. My recipes are very simple and unpretentious, usually calling for very few basic ingredients, but they are truly authentic Italian recipes and they have to go through the approval of Her Majesty, my worst and fiercest critic with a very picky palate and a perfectionist’s attitude to life, including food!

Last but not least, Stefano will write about wine pairing recommendations to go along with my recipes, reviews of wines that he likes and some cool information or events revolving around the wine world.

The credit for the beautiful photographs that grace the pages of this blog deservedly goes to Stefano’s photography skills: I got him involved in this little project of mine and he has to constantly put up with my requests and expectations as the self-appointed art director of FsT.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this far. If you think we are the right fit for you, it is very nice to meet you and I welcome you to our home. If not, farewell and all the best! I’m not into the business of holding grudges: it is a humongous, intoxicating waste of time and it drives energy and focus away from the important things in life. I wish you a happy life and the best of luck in your future endeavors!

Oh well! Regardless of what your decision will be, I certainly wish you a wonderful day, afternoon or night – whatever it is in your neck of the woods!

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  2. Francesca Post author

    Dear Antonia, Thank you so much! So, so very kind of you! I’m flattered and I really appreciate that! I love your recipes and their Greek flavors. They are a feast for my Mediterranean eyes! 😉

  3. Bizou

    OMG. Francesca you sound some how like me!!! As you can tell this is my first time visiting your blog but I am very interested because I love all things unpretentious, and I think true authentic italian food is unpretentious. Right? Anyways I think I’ll be following you from now on.
    Grazie mille

    1. Francesca Post author

      Right! Well at least, most of the time! 😉 Thank you so much for your kinds words! I tried to find your blog but I couldn’t. Would you mind sending me the link so I can find out a little bit about you as well? Thanks!

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  5. Lana: Living with Post Concussion Syndrome

    Relocating to another country has it’s challenges, food has a large role in this. I’ve lived abroad so I can understand. Also many ethnic restaurants in the US are fusion, tailored to fit an American palette so they are more accepted. The exception is going to an area filled with people from that country. In Chicago, we have a mix of cultures. I’ve had authentic Peruvian, Indian, Italian and Ethiopian food. I’m fortunate to live in such a cultural melting pot and my taste buds are thankful.

  6. Tracy Lee Karner

    I’m finally getting around to digging deeper into your archives–I caught the phrase “culinary bulimia” and googled it, wondering whether anyone else had any insights into your brilliant insight (binging and purging–excess and deprivation, accurately describes what I hate about our current food culture). I’d love to hear more about how you came to the notion to call it that. Very original, and insightful.

  7. Fig & Quince

    Enjoyed reading about how this blog came to be. It’s true, food brings people together and it really helps to bring down the walls. Italian food is my favorite indulgence so look forward to learning about real Italian cooking. (I do love me some good American food too!)

    1. Francesca Post author

      Ciao Alessandro. So glad we found each other! Stefano is from Genoa and I’m from Rome. I read you are from Bologna. I look forward to reading and learning about the food of your wonderful region. I must admit I don’t know much about your culinary tradition (shame on me!) so … happily following you as of now. 🙂
      Take care,

  8. photographymemoirs

    Greetings from Australia
    I really enjoyed the sincerity and openness of your biography. It was refreshing to read and I sincerely wish you and your family all the best living in the United States.
    God bless you and your family

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      1. Fae's Twist & Tango

        Well, well well!
        Congratulations, you have received another ☆ for your Blog of the Year 2012 award!
        Other than adding another ☆ to your current badge, I do not expect any action to be taken, or
        for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass it on). Just enjoy the additional star.
        Your blog has been awarded at:
        Happy New Year !!! 😀 Fae.

    1. Francesca Post author

      Cara Zanzana,
      Thank you very much. That’s so gracious of you! No complaints here for another nomination…quite the opposite!:-) I’m really enjoying reading your wonderful posts.

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  11. whiskeytangofoxtrot4

    Hello Francesca, Stephano and Nicole,
    Happy Thanksgiving and happy Inspiring Blogger Award day to you all! I nominated you for this award because you actually do inspire me to cook more! If you so choose please swing by my blog to pick it up! Cheers!

    1. Francesca Post author

      Hi Laura.
      Thank you so much! So thoughtful of you. Congratulations again on your multiple awards. Well deserved! Your “little blog” (as you like to call it) is such a wonderful project 🙂

    2. Stefano

      Hi Laura,
      I just wanted to join Francesca in thanking you very, very much for this: enormously appreciated!!!
      And, congrats on your winning streak! Well done and well deserved.
      Take care

    1. Stefano

      Hi Carol,
      Thank you for stopping by: I am sure when you go you will certainly have a good time, eat and drink well more likely than not 😉 and will find plenty of cool photo opps.
      Take care

    1. Francesca Post author

      Thank you so much, Sarah! This is awesome news! I’m very honored and flattered by your nomination. In light of the upcoming holiday, I guess I have one more thing to be thankful for. And now …off to work on my award post 🙂

  12. Tonette Joyce

    I know I have found kindred spirits! My mother was Italian, and believe me,I NEVER go to Italian restaurants and what people sometimes pass as Italian food scares me! (“Tonette” was my mother’s way of cutting her mother’s name[Antonietta] to what she thought was ‘easier’ in America;she was so wrong!)My husband would no more allow a jar of Prego in this house as I would…and he is not Italian. His father’s mother, and his own mother were great cooks; it’s a good thing I could cook!

    I haven’t taken a lot of time on the angle at my blog yet but I also want to encourage people to tell their family stories and get to know each other…and food is a great ice-breaker, and cultural stepping-stones,(leading in every direction).

    1. Francesca Post author

      Thank you for stopping by and liking our blog. All the drawings have been done by our friend Alexandra. Aren’t they wonderful? We will upload Alexandra’s profile soon to our Who We Are page. So stay tuned if you want to know more about her and her artwork.