July Happy Hour is everyday! From 3-6 pm with new bar menu and drink specials!

The villa we call home in the region of Le Marche and a place that provides endless inspiration for our endeavor with Fratelli Ponzi and Casal Cristiana EVOO.

The International Super Commute

April 22, 2018

We didn't ever intend on commuting 6,000 miles to work, but this is the new normal for me and my husband Michel. A sabbatical in Italy during the summer of 2012 turned into an international move that would take us on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime.

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Give Thanks ... That's All

November 24, 2016

Today is one of America's greatest holiday's when workers get the day off, cooking and eating is main stage, and prods us all to give thanks.  Here in Italy, I'm in Milan and the holiday is barely noticed and everyone is bustling about their normal day. What I would give for a big piece of pumpkin pie right now!  But instead, I'll be making pumpkin gnocchi tonight with cream sauce for dinner.  But this Thanksgiving is not particularly a normal one for me, as I am away from my beach town Porto San Giorgio (PSG) and my children so I can attend to some medical issues.

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Five Summer Recipes for Relaxed Dining

July 12, 2016

Italians have mastered the art of dining alfresco with incredible simplicity, but yet sophistication.  It comes down to having the freshest and best ingredients available.  You don't need more food, you need better food that will leave your taste buds singing and your body fueled for all the fun things you want to do this summer!

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The Ideal Place for a Better Life

January 24, 2016

The ideal place for a better life includes days filled with sunshine, but a year with four distinct seasons; an area with easy access to big cities, but not so close population, traffic and pollution infringes on your daily life; a place where old traditions still reign while new technology is catching on; acres and acres of farmland secure fresh, clean food to eat within zero kilometers....and the best Italian extra virgin olive oil!

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Earth Day is Everyday

April 22, 2015

Everyday is Earth Day at Casal Cristiana Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil here in Italy .....  There is no excuse to not conserve energy.  It's practically handed to us with this climate, Italian ingenuity and common sense.  How can we not celebrate?

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Living and Working Italian Style - My Life Now

January 06, 2015

So, when someone asks me, what's different about your life in Italy and how has it changed?  The following comments are a few indicators in how I may answer that question ... "You know your life has changed when ........"


Your favorite thing to do is the laundry.   Nothing beats a warm, sunny day overlooking the Adriatic Sea .. clothes hanging in the sun with a gentle breeze against a medieval wall.     

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