Anne Robichaud

Anne Robichaud, Annesitaly.com & Contributing Writer

Spello's Infiorate: A Floral Night

June 2018
Spello, an ancient commune in Umbria, is in full blossom every year on Sunday morning of Corpus Domini, 60 days after Easter. On this day, the Host is carried in solemn procession over stunning floral tapestries carpeting Spello’s medieval...


Anghiari's Mostra Mercato

May 2018
Dal 21 aprile al 1° maggio ha avuto luogo ad Anghiari la 43ª Edizione della Mostra Mercato dell’Artigianato della Valtiberina Toscana, una  mostra itinerante che propone a visitatori e turisti una suggestiva passeggiata tra vicoli e piazzette,...


Pig to Prosciutto

March 2018
Uno dei prodotti tipici e maggiormente apprezzati del nostro Paese è sicuramente il prosciutto crudo, il salume ottenuto dalla stagionatura, senza cottura, delle cosce del maiale. Dopo averle dissanguate, vengono massaggiate per spremere il sangue...


An Umbria Winter Recipe: Lemon Zest Winter Squash

February 2018
On these biting winter days, our wood stove warms our Assisi farmhouse while tempting  me into trying new dishes. Here is a recent favorite. Ingredients (for 4- 6 people)1 - 1/2 lbs. Winter squashExtra-virgin olive oil, q.b. (“quanto...


Santa Maria degli Angeli in Festa

January 2018
Just below Assisi, in Santa Maria degli Angeli, the guild of St. Anthony (Compagnia di Sant’Antonio) was formed at the time of the construction of the 17th century Basilica, built over the site where St. Francis of Assisi died in 1226. The...


Fusilli con Zucca, Prosciutto e Salvia

January 2018
(Fusilli Pasta with Winter Squash, Prosciutto and Sage) That rich coral-orange winter squash appeals to the eye as well as to the palate. Ingredients (serves 4 – 6 people): ½ lb. Fusilli pasta 1-1 ½ lbs. Winter squash, diced 5-6 Fresh sage...


Pasta alle Melanzane: A Summertime Recipe

October 2017
This Sicilian eggplant pasta dish is a hit! Ingredients (serves 4 – 6 people):4 – 6 Medium-sized eggplantsExtra virgin olive oil, q. b. (“quanto basta” or “as much as you need”)½ C. Sunflower seed oil (or other vegetable oil)Parmesan cheese, q....


That Kaleidoscopic Rural Life of Nino, an Assisi Artist

September 2017
“I won’t paint subjects guaranteed to earn me money: I have to paint the memories of my rural childhood,” Nino told me with a grin as he held up the painting of his Nonna brandishing a small hoe over her head like a banner of victory, chasing her...


Basilica di San Francesco: A Sublime Set for Sublime Music

September 2017
La basilica di San Francesco ad Assisi, è il luogo che dal 1230 conserva e custodisce le spoglie mortali del santo serafico. Lo scorso novembre questo magnifico luogo dal significato religioso inestimabile ha fatto da scena ad un concerto di Frate...


Italy's Mediterranea Diet: Topping Chez Panisse

August 2017
In 1971, Alice Waters basically launched a California version of the Mediterranean diet when opening Chez Panisse in Berkeley, promoting farm-to-table, fresh, local ingredients. Although I’d studied at UCB in the early 1970’s, I finally tried out...


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