Tell Italians you’re coming over for a visit, and they will whip up a complete buffet in what seems like a snap of the fingers. When Di Meglio was in sixth grade, her friends decided to show up for dinner one night. As word spread about what the kids were fed (homemade pizza, meatballs, and pasta), about 20 to 50 kids started coming for dinner every Friday night. Her parents never turned anyone away. To feed people is to love them, and breaking bread is the ultimate in the dolce vita.
Italians revere food and family. The two go hand in hand. They are the original organics – unwitting tree huggers – with their gardens full of tomatoes, basil, garlic, lettuce, onions, eggplant, zucchini, and all the rest. Putting these natural, delicious treats to work in simple recipes is part of an Italian’s everyday life. Here Di Meglio shares the recipes and stories of food as she learned growing up in an Italian home.