Tuesday, May 31, 2011



Trying to fix major food blog emergency - Please bear with me!

Sto tentando di risolvere una immane emergenza sul mio altro blog - Vi prego, pazientate!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

signore che pranzano

The family-run kosher pastry shop Bernasconi, on Via dei Giubbonari, has only one table outside. Actually one table, period. Indoors the place is very tiny, and besides the sales counter, cash register, and a fridge for milk bottles and water, there's only the bakery workshop in back.
These three ladies managed to occupy prime people-watching real estate.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

pizza e mortazza

I recently did a post on my Italian blog FORCHETTINE in which I listed my favorite pizza bianca shrines. A classic way to enjoy the topping-free, bread-like pizza is stuffed while still warm with gossamer slices of mortadella. In pure trastevere slang, this perfect Bologna pork delight is "mortazza." Pictured above is quintessential Roman snack, pizza con la mortazza–or, as I like to call it–lunch.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Just playing around with Tilt Shift Maker (thank you Lori for introducing me to this fun effect). Here I used it to make Piazza di Siena look like a model. Images like these always remind me of the old Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends TV show, shot entirely in live action model animation at Shepperton Studios in England.
If you happen to stroll by Piazza di Siena in these days, you'll see nothing like this. The place is a noisy construction site in preparation for the annual show jumping horse competition to be held here at the end of May.

Friday, May 13, 2011


I should've posted this a month ago.

April 14th of 400 years ago, under the Gianicolo stars, and in this exact spot, Galileo Galilei presented an authoritative Roman audience with a perspicillum. A telescope. This date marked a turning point in the history of astronomy. And it happened right here, in this garden from where these photos were taken!

I was fortunate to participate in this amazing commemorative evening of astronomy, poetry and art–partly because I am a huge Galileo fan. But mostly because the unique occasion was held in the American Academy, a place I love. Unfortunately the overcast sky prevented stargazing with the perfect replica of the Galileo telescope, nor with any of the other ultramodern instruments kindly provided for the event, but we were equally thrilled and entertained by the evening's many other activities.

The images of the installation above–"Galileo's Eyes"–were captured during the course of an incredibly touching projection on the exterior of the American Academy's Casa Rustica. Video projection by Enzo Aronica, N[ever]land.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Water is a common good. In Italy it's a precious public resource. There will soon be a referendum here to vote against (or to ratify) the privatization process of public water. With this post I wish to remind all Italian citizens how important our acqua is, and encourage them to vote at the coming May 12-13 election.