There are 520 steps between the house my family live in Nola and the bar on the street. There are 800 steps to the gym I live nearby in England. I’m not saying that choice is a bad thing, but given it I’d be considerably fatter and have better coffee.Read
Does Italian Food Need To Be Taught?
Not a week goes by when I don’t see yet another butchering of pasta, a one-pot free for all that is as authentic as a Kardashian publicity moment in a Parisian hotel.Read
The Subtle Art of The Hand Gesture
According to The New York Times, Italians use 250 hand gestures a day, asking “where the hell have you been” to telling someone to “go f*ck themselves senseless” make up about 30% of our hand lexicography…Read
Why Small Matters
In 1957, FIAT changed the European motoring world when it released, la cinquecento – the 500. Little were they to know that some 40 years later and following some bad decision making, this 6’3 writer would be getting very uncomfortable in one at a very crucial time of manhood.Read
Milan San Remo, Cycling’s Real Classic
The concept of a Spring Classic is simple. Get a bike, a rider, give them the worst roads, nasty weather, some horrible industrial back roads, nauseating mountain climbs and then leave it to the sprinters to take a race victory.Read
Because Espresso is, Espresso
My mornings start early; I sit and watch some of the best car crash television in the UK, Good Morning Britain. One of it’s hosts is like the human version of a pre-packaged ham sandwich, you can’t trust the packaging but you need to trust you won’t get poisoned. I will usually only watch 10 minutes, it’s enough to get the blood flowing and then, that’s it, I’m awake.
Well, kind of.Read
Sanremo, The Music Festival That Is Everything Italian
For one week, there is an event that gets the whole of Italy talking; friendships formed, alliances made, musical tastes questioned. For one week, Italians forget about politics, the daily struggles and they come together for a festival that could only ever be Italian. Welcome to Sanremo.Read
Is Naples Italy’s Soul?
What is a nation? Sociologists will tell you one thing, politicians another. Globalisation experts will be wax lyrical about borderless nations and nationalists, well, we know where they stand.Read
La cucina Bianca, ‘The white cuisine’
“Cucina Bianca” best translated, if at all it should be, “White Cuisine” is an intimate expression of a society that lives for agro pastoralism; a society that lives from the animals it rears to the fruit and vegetables it cultivates.Read