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Elaine speaks Norma (Pasta alla Norma)

By Katherine Ortiz

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of introducing to you Elaine Trigiani and her passion for Italian culture and food. Today’s recipes are her “gift” to us as we slowly transition into the Fall. I’m personally not a fan of tomato sauce, so her option of Norma in bianco is definitely a favorite of…

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The Tech Savvy Traveler

By Katherine Ortiz

Two Things Happened Last Week: I had a conversation with a client leaving for a Tuscany family vacation about a tech savvy way to learn some Italian words and sentences. Something that would be easy and help them navigate Italy with more confidence. I received the September Issue of Conde Naste Traveler, with Wendy Perrin’s…

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Elaine’s Late Summer Crops

By Katherine Ortiz

Meet Elaine Trigiani, this month’s guest blogger here at Cives Urbe. A mutual friend recently introduced me to Elaine and I’m enchanted by her passion for food and her journey in discovering my countries’ quirky customs and “rules” around sitting together for a meal. An American living in Italy, her wit and evident enjoyment of…

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Strawberry Love: Crostata di Frutta (fresh fruit tart)

By Katherine Ortiz

If you know me personally, and you know of my general dislike of fruit, you may be surprised to learn that crostata is one of my favorite things to make. Crostata reminds me of my maternal grandmother’s kitchen on Sunday afternoons when she would allow us grandchildren to help in preparing the afternoon snack (crostata…

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Rooting for the Giraffe

By Katherine Ortiz

This week, on August 16th the Palio is run for the second time this year. Having half of my paternal family living in Sienna, I’m particularly fond of this event and have experienced it several times during my life. Because of my ties to this city, I happen to know a lot about the Palio,…

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What to Pack for Your Trip to Italy – Part 2

By Katherine Ortiz

Last week’s blog was about what to pack for your trip to Italy so you’re comfortable and feel appropriately dressed. This week’s focus is really learning about some basic differences between how Americans & Italians choose to dress. I asked my clients why they wanted to “fit in and dress as similarly to Italians as…

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What to Pack for Your Trip to Italy

By Katherine Ortiz

What should I pack?” Not sure why, but come summer, I get this question from almost 100% of my clients. Yes, Italy has a leading reputation in the fashion industry, and we ‘locals’ are known for our fashion sense. Yet, I’m always surprised about how much my clients worry about clothing and dressing appropriately when…

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Driving in Italy

By Katherine Ortiz

I have a 50-50 split of clients who would never drive in Italy under any type of torture and clients who can’t wait to try the thrill of contending on the road with the “crazy” Italians. It is definitely true, my fellow citizens tend to be quite “creative” when driving (of course not me!), but…

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Panzanella

By Katherine Ortiz

I had lunch with a dear friend on Sunday and I was surprised to see a “panzanella salad” on the menu. My friend ordered it and was quite pleased with her choice. It made me remember my maternal grandmother, who was fond of panzanella – a very simple, peasant style summer dish. She would often…

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