Those closest to me call me Dani.
Yup, that's me at 3 years old.
I was born into an Italian family in 1975. June 12 to be precise.
I was the blessed mistake, even if mamma has not and will never admit it. I'm the youngest of 5 with a gaping 16 years between myself and the eldest, go ahead and tell me I'm wrong.
Even after 48 years on this earth, I still haven't figured out if mamma wanted company in the kitchen, or was grooming me for her own purposes - whatever her reason, I am eternally grateful and honored to have spent as much in the kitchen with her as I have.
And it was in the kitchen at 238 Sterling Rd in Toronto where this photo was taken, that I began to learn and appreciate the romanticism of what Italian food and culture is all about;
the homemade dishes, the slow stirs of sugo and kneading of dough, the handmade pasta on Sundays, the magical way a small space was instantly transformed to welcome 30 or so relatives at the table for copious amounts of food, wine, and more food;
all made by one person, all made from scratch, and all made without reading a single recipe.
I truly am so blessed to have been raised in such a beautiful lifestyle. Moreso because that very intuitive cooking I learned from mamma and every other young at heart person I've learned from throughout my life, both here and in Italy that they learned from their parents gifting us with more than 100 years of combined culinary mastery, is the very way I prepare every dish, and it's how I teach others to cook.
Take a trip to Italy with me through the pages of my site, on my social media, at my table or yours where you'll enjoy an authentic Italian experience, by taking of my classes, or by connecting with any question you have about all things food wine and culture.
thanks for visiting, and don't be shy to reach out - even to visit for an espresso.
truly, it would be my pleasure!
take a culinary trip to Italy at my table
and enjoy the authentic flavours, traditional recipes, and homemade dishes.
experience includes a 3 course dinner + vino and lots of amore !