Trip to Italy

Even though I truly love living in San Diego, I can really feel disconnected when I don’t go back to visit family in Italy. With the new restaurant and so many things to keep me busy, I haven’t been back for two years. This summer, I was finally able to return to Italy. Cori, my hometown, is one hour south of Rome. 

With my wife and daughters, I was treated to nonstop amazing Italian cooking. Whether it was at home or sampling from local restaurants, it was delicious food that brought us together, and inspired me to continue making authentic food that’s good for the community. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. 

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We stayed in Cori but traveled to Rome and the beautiful coast. It was such a refreshing change of pace. The water was so incredible!

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.17.03 AMI also had the opportunity to visit my mentor, Ottavio, at Ristorante Zampi, where it all started 30 years ago. It was such a pleasure to visit with him.  He also made us the most amazing clam pasta I have ever had. I appreciated the simplicity of the dish and how the fresh ingredient flavors really stood out. I could eat that pasta over and over again.

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.17.37 AMSo much pasta meant I had to get on my bike. I cycled through some of the most gorgeous country sides, yet some of the most challenging. Most of them uphill!

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.17.20 AM The most important part of the trip was visiting my family that I had not seen in a while. Watching my daughters spend time with their nonna, nonno and cousins really made this trip special. Making sure that my wife and daughters experience such an important part of the culture that shaped me made the trip home such a memorable one.

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