Lee Laurino

Lee Laurino, contributing writer, www.hometoitaly.com

Ospedale degli Innocenti: The Hospital of the Innocents

February 2018
Lo Spedale degli Innocenti, oggi Museo degli Innocenti è una delle opere più significative della Firenze quattrocentesca. L’edificio, situato di fronte alla piazza della Santissima Annunziata con la sua loggia, fu progettato da Filippo Brunelleschi...

Opera dei Pupi: an Italian Tradition You Can Still Find in Sicily

February 2018
Hundreds of eyes followed me as I explored the Museum di Pupi (Antonio Pasqualino International Puppet Museum) in Palermo Italy. In 2008, the Unesco intangible heritage list of cultural traditions in danger of extinction...

"My Secret Italy: A Girl's Guide to Intimate Italy"

February 2018
“My Secret Italy. Percorsi e luoghi del cuore delle italiane moderne” è una guida nata dalla collaborazione di tre scrittrici italiane che condividono i luoghi meno noti che si possono trovare sapendo dove e come cercare, offre un nuovo approccio...

Cream of Peas and Mint

June 2016
Ingredients: 400 g. Fresh peas 20 cl. Cream (approx. 1 C.) 30 g. Butter 1 tsp. Extra virgin olive oil Chili powder Some fresh mint leaves Salt Cook the peas in a little salted water for about 10 minutes. Let cool. Put peas in a blender along with...

Homemade Cheese Stracciatella

June 2016
Ingredients: 300 g Fresh mozzarella cheese ½ Glass of cream Salt Separate the mozzarella cheese into strings. Add the cream. Add a pinch of salt. Chill in the refrigerator for about one hour before eating.

Potatoes with Sesame and Rosemary

June 2016
Ingredients: 1 kg. Small potatoes 60 g. Sesame seeds 50 g. Butter Rosemary (a bunch) Salt Wash the potatoes and cook for 25 minutes with their peel. Toast sesame seeds in a pan. In the same pan, melt the butter, add potatoes, add salt, season...


February 2015
Do you remember art projects as a child that involved strips of newspaper and paste made from flour and water? The practice of the cartapesta (paper mache) has been an art form in Lecce, Italy for centuries. Used as an inexpensive substitute...

Italy is closed?

August 2014
Ferragosto on August 15 is Assumption Day, a national holiday; a day when offices, factories, and many stores and restaurants are closed. It is also the beginning of the exodus from the cities and towns for families not working in the tourist...

Italian-American Food is Not Italian Food!

July 2013
Two of my Italian acquaintances recently tried to convince me that Italian-American food is not really Italian. Raised in an Italian-American family, this argument caused me to consider carefully the food we prepared and ate at home and the dishes...

Discovering Puglia

May 2013
The big three, Roma, Firenze and Venezia, are the most visited cities in Italy but exciting alternatives await you in lesser known Southern Italy. Having never traveled south of Naples it was a new adventure to explore the south eastern area of...

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