Born in Florence (Italy, not Oregon!) I have always wanted to travel the world, speak more languages and connect with people from all over the world.
After my Master’s Degree in Linguistic and Intercultural Communication I got an internship at the Université Grenoble Alpes in France. What was originally intended to be a six month experience become a full-time job for almost 5 years, first at the Université Grenoble Alpes, and then at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies.
I had the privilege of working in a very international workplace, with different languages and cultures, and what I enjoyed most was the human-side of this work, working with the students and helping them progress. There is something amazing in being able to speak more languages, I truly believe in the expression ‘A different language is a different vision of life’ (F. Fellini) and speaking three languages changed who I am now.
During the years at the University I thought a lot about how you can’t really understand the Italian culture and language without also understanding the food.
I have always been passionate about cooking since I was a kid. I was naturally attracted to the process of preparation, to the colors in the plate, and how ingredients change while they are cooking. But it was when I moved with my husband to the US in 2016 that I got more and more into cooking.
I was curious about ancient recipes, what kind of food people were eating during the Renaissance? What’s the story behind a recipe? Why we use certain ingredients rather than others? How a dish can be a picture of the territory and what can we learn from the combination of flavors about the history of a country?
I was going (and still I am) through a fascinating and delicious journey into my Italian roots and through cooking I’ve found a deep way to explore and express myself.