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The many colors and forms found in the world of figs (Photo credit:

The many colors and forms found in the world of figs (Photo credit:

I used to think that spring is the season when Puglia is at its best. The air, though still slightly brisk from the last gasps of winter, is somehow sweeter. The sun feels warm on the skin. The fields host a riot of new growth with a hundred shades of green manifest in every new leaf and stalk. But now we’re moving from summer languor to autumn abundance. The markets are bursting with an end-of summer avalanche of tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, melons and sweet, plump pale green grapes. In terms of beauty, autumn in the Valle d’Itria is giving spring a run for its money.  And then there are the figs. Read more


Benvenuto, Pascarosa!

Welcome to Portland, Oregon! (Photo credit:

Welcome to Portland, Oregon! (Photo credit:

We never thought we’d see the day. We’d talked about it forever, but the idea that we might someday bring our Italian olive oil to the U.S. and see it sold by our favorite stores and restaurants lived somewhere on the extreme edge of our day-to-day reality. In the meantime, we went to work, raised our children and visited our olive grove in the southern Italian region of Puglia just often enough to revive the fantasy for another year. Read more

The Deep South

A door in Salento, Italy's deep south.

A door in Salento, Italy’s deep south.

Years ago we loaded our three children into our Volkswagen Westphalia camper and took off across the United States. From California to Washington, D.C., we drove for weeks and weeks under the summer sun alongside cornfields, deserts and a troubling proliferation of big box shopping malls. We visited the Corn Palace in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park and just about every Frank Lloyd Wright building still standing. Now that we live in Italy, I sometimes think about this apocryphal family expedition and marvel at the vastness of the continental United States. The feeling is especially acute when we venture anywhere outside of our own region in southern Italy, Unlike the U.S., you only need to travel 50 miles to know that you’re in another world altogether. Read more

Growing a Business

A centuries-old olive tree in Puglia.

Four months into our nuova storia, we’re knee deep in the business start-up world. Ever since we acquired our olive grove and tasted its olive oil all those years ago, we knew we wanted to find a way to bring it to the U.S. (other than in our suitcases). Now, seventeen years later, we’re launching Pascarosa, an extra virgin olive oil club that furnishes members with four annual deliveries of genuine, organic extra virgin olive oil made only from Italian olives, milled down the road from where they grow. Read more

A Hot Pasta for a Cold Day

The best cold weather warm-up pasta I know . . . fast, easy and deeply satisfying.

The weather is changing in Martina Franca. While we’re not swimming in flood waters like the unfortunate residents of Venice, our skies are grey and the wind is whipping down our cavernous city streets, prompting a spontaneous show of woolly scarves and winter coats. There’s only one thing to do: make pasta. Read more

A Tavola

Wherever you are in Italy, dinner is always a group activity.

It turns out that Italian food is anything but Italian. It is, instead, deeply regional. Unlike most of its European neighbors, Italy was somewhat late to the game of national unification, becoming Italy more or less as we know it today in 1861. Before then, it was divided into many reigns and republics, each with its own administration, currency, language and history. Even now, traditions, dialects and accents, natural and architectural landscapes and, of course, foodways vary greatly from region to region. Read more

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