Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano

Authentic prosciutto and parmigiano

There are two items I always have in my fridge and they are prosciutto and parmesan cheese.  These classic Italian items are so versatile they can be used to bring a meal together in minutes or lift an ordinary dish into another dimension.  And while I merrily use both prosciutto and parmesan in salads, pastas, […]

Sokyo at Star, Pyrmont

Sokyo

It’s been almost two years since I went to Sokyo.  In November 2012 I attended an event at the venue where Al Pacino was the guest of honour.  That was a cocktail party so I wasn’t able to sit down and dine and experience the brilliance that is Chase Kojima, head chef of Sokyo. Chase […]

Fred Segal Mauro Cafe, Los Angeles

Casual outdoor dining

When I had my unexpected and last minute trip to the USA, I had a 24-hour stopover on the way home in LA.  Em asked me what I would like to do on my one-day stopover and I couldn’t think of how I could fit LA into 12 hours so we threw our hands up […]

Otto Pizzeria, New York

Love the entry doors

When my trip to New York was definite, Em said, ‘On the night you arrive, just go across the road from the apartment and you’ll find a great Italian where you can get a quick pizza or pasta’. Well Arabella and I went across the street from the apartment and didn’t find it and assumed […]

Joe Allen, New York

With this type of signage it was easy to find!

After seeing Matilda on Broadway we took a short walk through Times Square to 46th Street where we found Joe Allen, a restaurant that had been recommended to us because it’s in the theatre district and serves American classics well. Joe Allen opened his restaurant in May of 1965 and during that year, the cast […]

Morandi, West Village, New York

Morandi - it attracts a stylish crowd

My sister said to me, ‘I think there’s a really good Italian within walking distance from you; you should give it a try’.  So on the Saturday night after we toured Central Park, we walked up to the restaurant in the West Village. Morandi is situated on Waverly Place where it has enough set-back from […]

Noho Star, East Village, New York

A great interior

After our very full day of visiting both the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Centre, we were ready to sit down, relax and eat well.  The Noho Star on the corner of Bleecker and Lafayette Streets in the East Village had been recommended to me by my sister who lived in the area […]

The Spotted Pig, Greenwich Village, New York

The Spotted Pig

On recommendation from my sister, Em, we absolutely had to try The Spotted Pig in Greenwich Village, New York.  After our first day of sightseeing in New York, we walked to The Spotted Pig and as you can’t make a reservation, hoped and prayed for a table. Timing is everything and unfortunately the building is […]

Ellen’s Stardust Diner, New York

Ellen's Stardust Diner is currently covered in scaffolding

On the recommendation of a couple of friends, while in New York we went to dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner which is on Broadway and close to all the venues where music theatre is performed. We arrived at around 6.30pm and the first thing I noticed is that the building is covered in scaffolding.  New […]

Tom’s Restaurant, New York

Film Crew outside the famous restaurant

It’s hard to imagine a restaurant with a more famous facade.  This humble diner on the corner of 112th Street and Broadway has people descending on it from all over the world.  ‘They land at JFK and take a cab right here’, the owner tells me.  And Arabella and I also had Tom’s Restaurant on […]