American pasta fumblers still use spoons — shame on them. Now, read how it's really done.
Telling them apart
Ristorante, trattoria, osteria and pizzeria have always been Italian dining's big four, but making old school distinctions between them is becoming increasingly difficult.
Wireless, where art thou?
For both tourists and local entrepreneurs, finding a pleasant spot to log on and work is a challenge in Rome.
Memories of a loving grandmother can sometimes be so vivid that time stands still.
Winter months call for comfort food, and comfort can mean memories and healing.
Stocking the larder
It's all well and good to talk about fresh and natural foods, but a well-stocked pantry is also an asset.
Pausing from pizza
Rome's ethnic cuisine is mostly drowned out by local fare, but help is on the way.
Out of nowhere, speakeasies have arrived and planted secret roots in Rome's nighttime scene.
Italian media will sell you Coke, Pepsi and their U.S. brethren, but seek local roots elsewhere.
Italians no longer eat the kinds of massive meals guidebooks suggest. Now, mixing and matching rule.
Lessons in cheese
On a lark, the author pitched a cheese show, and the result opened a window into a new world.