Mothers in the 1970s had fewer choices when it came to managing households.
The gnocchi wars
Gnocchi can seem simple, and are, so long as you don't venture into their attic.
An unexpected papal resignation is enough to make you crazy with hunger.
A child's adamant color choice can turn a household amusingly upside down.
Pizza (and surf)
Pizza begins at Sunday lunch, after which comes a bounty of fresh lobsters.
Winning aromas in an unusual place lead to a crash course in Italian pastry.
Trying to make "no waste" work in Rome can make for some funny stories.
Sometimes all it takes is a sudden scent to bring back sweet memories.
When you leave the cuckoo's nest, there's nothing like polenta in the snow.
One cook's foray into making less well-known Italian food famous.
Of bio and brothels
Organic produce has moved from supermarkets to Italian markets, where vendors run the show.