I’m Francesca. Introvert and antisocial to the extreme, kind of opinionated and obsessed with a few “little” things including cleanliness and neatness. I hate winters, small talk, getting up early in the morning, driving and jealous people. I love food (with a few big exceptions), books, flowers, anything beautiful, spending time with myself and, above all, my bed. I’m an impossible person to buy presents for, I’m romantic as only a bedside table can be and I almost never show excitement for anything.
I married my exact opposite: Stefano is social, brilliant, cheerful, compassionate and generous. He is a great leader and a wonderful team player at the same time and he belongs to that tiny category of human beings that can talk about pretty much anything, including the sex of ants, in a meaningful way.
We were both born and raised in Italy and we have been living in the United States for several years now, definitely by choice. Our house has been blessed by the birth of Her Majesty (our little girl) and, very recently, by the addition of our second “child” which, as opposed to the first one, has four paws and is kind of furry. Her name is Sofia and she is our beloved chocolate labrador.
I have been thinking for a long time that Italy should create a “SFU” – Special Food Unit, with officers going around and reprimanding, in the name of the good food law, all those people around the world who cook and serve food labeling it “Italian”, even if the dish is just flat out not Italian and you would never find such dish on any table in Italy.
This is what gave me the idea of this blog, which is meant to be a sort of documentation of what is going on our Italian table. A little warning, though! I have no professional cooking background. To be completely honest with you, up to five years ago, I thought that my kitchen was a total waste of space since I had never used it and I wanted to convert it into my dream walk-in closet. So do not expect me to make those sophisticated, over complicated dishes calling for never-heard of exotic ingredients that everybody seems to love nowadays. My food and my recipes are very simple and unpretentious, but at least they are authentic Italian.
The true expert of the family is Stefano. He is a certified sommelier with the Italian Sommelier Association and he writes beautifully and competently about wine pairing recommendations to go along with my recipes, reviews of wines that piqued his interest and cool information and events about the wine world.
Stefano is also a photographer who mostly does nature, wildlife and some portraiture work (check out his Web Site if you would like to take a peek!), but I got him involved in my project to take care of the food photography part for Flora’s Table… under my supervision as the self-appointed (and pretty demanding) art director! 😉
Since friends keep asking us for restaurant recommendations anytime they travel to Italy or come to New York (although home for us is currently in Fairfield County, CT, not far from the Big Apple), every now and then we will post mini-reviews of select restaurants which we personally tried out and, in our opinion, we found outstanding.
All this food and wine writing will sometimes be interrupted by posts about books, blogs, items and initiatives that caught our eye and we could not help but brag about because we truly like them and/or we think they deal with issues that really matter to us.
Thank you for stopping by and reading. I wish you a wonderful day, afternoon or night (whatever it is in your neck of the woods 🙂 )!