Ciao, my name is Giovanna and I will be your host on this adventure.
Let me introduce you to the Italian way of life, that is "How to be Italian"
Food/Cooking/Dining, Style/Fashion, Shopping, Travel, Art, History, Culture, Anything Italian!
Well, my father is Italian, my husband is Italian and I have spent 13 years of my life in Italy.
Being Italian is all about Simplicity, Elegance, being Passionate and definitely Amore (Love).
Look at the pizza - simplicity at it's best - dough, tomato sauce and mozzarella, but you can make that into something elegant - take away the tomato sauce, replace it with Prosciutto di Parma, Rucola (Rocket), Shaved Parmesan and a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil..... I'm sure you made it with love and where there is love, there is passion!
Let me tell you about Massimiliano (Max) and me (Giovanna) - why we want to share the "Italian way of Life" with you.
Max, as I said is Italian, born and raised in Rome. According to history, Rome is about 6000 years old and every little piece of Rome has a story all you have to do is listen and image. It's like travelling back in time when you hear what Max has to say.
It is said that Romulus and Remus, after being abandoned by their father Mars (God of War) who were suckled by a wolf, decided to build a city. Having a huge fight Romulus killed Remus and named the city Rome after himself. Romulus then invited all walks of life (men) to live in his city. Well, they needed some women, so Romulus and his citizens had a festival of sorts, where the other tribes attended. They (the Roman's) abducted the women to make them wives. Thus Rome and the Italian civilization is created...................... and the rest is history....
Me, (Giovanna), born and raised in Sydney. My love affair with Italy and Italian's began at an early age, which was my father. Whatever he did, they way he sang to me or the way he spoke, intrigued me, I wanted to know more, learn more, be more. What can I say, it's like all your senses are awakened and suddenly you see your life take another direction. That's what Italian's do to you.
We found each other and I'm sure it was destiny that played a huge part. It was just meant to be. "Mi completi".
Let me leave with a thought and a quote from Anna Akhmatova...........
"Italy is a dream, that keeps returning for the rest of your life"
Buon Appetito e alla prossima