Toni Lydecker's Tavola Talk Blog

Under the Tuscan Rain Clouds

Since we arrived in Tuscany, it’s rained almost every day. From what I hear, it’s been an unusually cold and rainy spring.  And that’s saying something, because Tuscany is actually not the reliably sunny place we’ve been led to believe. Tuscans themselves don’t brag about savoring life under their sun; they know better. Comparing May [...]

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Thu, May 23 2013 » Italian food, Italian ingredients, Italian lifestyle, travel, Tuscany, Uncategorized » No Comments

Mountain Salad with Bacon, Fontina and Caramelized Onions

Travel to the extreme northwest corner of Italy and you’ll be in Valle d’Aosta, a semi- autonomous alpine region with a fierce sense of its unique identity. It’s also known as Val d’Aosta and therein lies a clue to a place where French and Italian are the official languages–and whose cuisine combines the best of [...]

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Sat, January 26 2013 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, salads, travel, Uncategorized » No Comments

New Year’s Resolutions with an Italian Flavor

Forget those short-lived diet and exercise resolutions. I’d rather dream up aspirations for 2013 with a connection to Italy–a new dish, wine or restaurant to try, a region to visit (or revisit), a skill to perfect, an experience to seek out. I was curious what others who know and love Italy had to say, so [...]

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Tue, January 8 2013 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Tampa Bay, travel, Uncategorized » No Comments

Best New Italian Cookbooks

Everybody grabs recipes off the Internet (me included) but let’s agree that, when gift giving time comes around, most of us would rather receive a cookbook than a pile of printouts. The fact that I’m a cookbook author influences my point of view, of course, but right now I’m here to talk about other Italian [...]

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Sun, December 16 2012 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Soups and Stews, travel, Uncategorized » No Comments

Celebrate Columbus Day with Portofino Pizza

Don’t forget, Christopher Columbus was Italian. Although his voyages were sponsored by the Spanish, some of the expenses were underwritten by investors from his hometown, Genoa,  one of Italy’s great maritime republics at the time. So I’m thinking there’s no better way to commemorate “Cristoforo Colombo’s” sighting of the Americas than eating Italian over the Columbus [...]

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Thu, October 4 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, travel » No Comments