When dreaming of Italy, which happens far more often nowadays, I find myself trying to recreate past trips through recipe development. We all know food is a virtual transport to past times in our lives, so when I can create a dish that resembles the look, feel, and flavor of something enjoyed abroad, memories of happy adventures flood my mind. It’s almost as good as returning to my beloved homeland.
My family hails from Calabria, and I adore visiting that region. But during my last few trips to Italy, instead of staying in one location, I was fortunate enough to do a bit of domestic travel. The more I moved around within a country, the more I began to notice similarities and differences in customs, geography, and of course, local food culture.