BIG NEWS, AMICI! Are you looking to teach English in Italy? My very dear friends of My English School Genova are looking for awesome, fun, and qualified English teachers! Interested? Keep reading! The Position Details Position: English Teacher Where: My English School in Genoa, Italy. The school is located in the city center, near to Brignole train station and lots of yummy focaccia shops! Job description: Qualified, passionate English teachers are wanted to join a young, dynamic, and motivated teaching team. The position is initially part-time with flexible teaching hours and the opportunity to progress within an exciting and fast-growing… Read More
Hey there Italophiles! A reader recently asked me a bunch of really thoughtful questions about teaching English in Italy. I thought her questions and my answers might be useful so I’m sharing them here. For those of you who are audio learners, I also made a podcast where I answer each of the questions below. Here are two ways you can tune in: Simply press play on the audio link below. Download the podcast to your computer or phone. 11 Useful Questions + Answers about Teaching English in Italy 1. What made you decide to do [teach English in Italy]? Honestly,… Read More
Hey there friends! Thinking about moving to Italy? Need some help? I remember how frustrating this process was and so today I’d like to ask you two quick questions about what I can do better to help make your Italy dream come true. All answers are anonymous. Create your own user feedback survey THANK YOU!
Whew! This week has been a chilly one! Can you believe that it snowed in some parts of South Italy?!! My facebook feed has been flooded with some pretty frosty looking photos from friends in Naples and Puglia. It hasn’t snowed here in Genoa, but the temperatures have certainly dropped and the constant wind from our lovely Ligurian sea has made for some pretty blustery days. It’s the perfect time for this heartwarming, classic Italian dish: vegetable minestrone, Genovese style. You’ve probably heard of the word minestrone before. My Nana used to make lentil minestrone all the time, all-year round, even in… Read More
Buon anno! Happy New Year! I have some pretty big news for you, amici. You might want to sit down for this. Actually you might want to sit down and pour yourself a glass of wine. Ready? I hope you’ve got good wine. And maybe a few snacks. Yes? Okay, good. I am moving. The time has come for me to leave Italy. Say whaaaaaat? Yup. It’s happening. Are you still conscious? Do you need more wine? Believe me I’m just as shocked as you probably are. Here’s the deal. I’m about to share with you a pretty deep secret… Read More
I love Italian Christmas cakes, especially panettone. In Italy, it’s commonly given as a small a gift when invited over to friend’s home for dinner around the holiday season. I usually end up with boxes of the stuff piled up in my kitchen wondering: how I will ever eat all of this leftover panettone? Shaped like a giant dome, panettone is a light and fluffy cake, with bits of dried fruit, usually candied citrus fruit and raisins, speckled throughout. Its origins come from the Milan area, although today panettone is enjoyed all over Italy and even the world. If you happen… Read More
I’ve been dying to tell you guys all about the cooking class I took last Friday. A cooking class on a Friday night? Yes friends, it was a crazy wild Friday night of learning how to make pesto from scratch. It all started a few weeks ago when I decided to sign up for a cooking class. I found a school, Zen and Cook, that offers loads of courses from pasrties, pizza, pasta, risotto and more. This particular lesson on pesto caught my eye, as the chef, Claudio Castellini, won the Pesto World Championship in 2008. Yeah that’s right. You… Read More
One of my favorite parts of Christmas time is coming home to the U.S. and spending time with my Nana. We have a special relationship. Not just because she’s my grandmother, but because she helped raise me and my sister (as well as half the neighborhood kids). Nana was always the one to greet us at the door when we came home from school. Being Italian Sicilian, Nana doesn’t cook the typical things the most other grandmothers make. She makes tomato sauce with meatballs (now famous among friends and family) and her fried eggplant is a family favorite, but when… Read More