Safe at home. Virtual Visit to Italy. New recipe!
Ciao a tutti!
We hope that every one of you is well and surviving self-isolation and social distancing, maybe even having some fun with it! We’ve received many messages and calls from clients, friends and family who are concerned we are in Italy at this time. We assure you - we are safe at home ! Thank you for your concern and thoughtfulness, it has been greatly appreciated!

This is a challenging time for us all but most especially for our friends and partners in Italy. During this difficult period of our lives, we are committed to continue sharing information about our beloved Italy. Even though we are unable to travel to Italy at this time, we can still dream of this beautiful land and plan for our eventual return. We hope that you will continue to enjoy our little snippets of news, recipes and some of our pictures taken on our trips. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose too!

Below is a recipe for a sauce that is delicious with fresh fish. We've enjoyed it while visiting the Amalfi Coast as well as in seaside villages in Puglia.  And try it with a crisp white wine from the Campania region, either a falanghina or vermentino!"

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Buon appetito!
Gina and Mary
Capri Sauce for Fish
Classic combination found in southern Italy. You can use this on any flaky fish fillets and shrimp too.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon caper juice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup pitted, sliced green olives (such as Castelvetrano)
1 teaspoons dried oregano

olive oil
2 red snapper fillets, or any flaky white fish
sea salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 lemon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). In a skillet over medium heat, add the 2 T olive oil and onion; cook until onions begin to turn translucent. Add garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add capers and caper juice; stir to combine. Then stir in tomatoes and olives, cooking the tomatoes until they begin to collapse, about 3 minutes. Add the oregano. Remove from heat.
Drizzle additional olive oil into a baking dish. Arrange the fish fillets in a single layer. Then sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and pepper flakes, if desired. Top with the filling and juice from the lemon. Bake until fish is flaky and no longer translucent, about 15 to 20 minutes.
 This Month's Italian saying... 

"Io resto a casa"

I stay at home!
During the pandemic, this hashtag - #iorestoacasa - is being used on social media and all over Italy, showing solidarity and concern for family, friends and neighbors. Stay at home!
Virtual Travel to Italy and its museums
Brolio to the west
Since vacations are on hold, there's still a way to enjoy a little of Italy here! Through the power of the internet - you can virtually visit a few of our favorite museums in Italy:

Uffizi - The gallery is one of the most famous museums in all of Italy. There is an on line visitor experience you can look into various rooms and view the art and history.

Pinacateca di Brera - This artwork collection is housed in the Palazzo di Brera in Milan and includes pieces by Raphael, Bellini, and many others. They have an online catalog of hundreds pieces, allowing on line visitors to view these art pieces and read about the history behind it in Italian or English.

The Vatican Museum - it is difficult to see everything in this place on one visit - maybe you've spent a morning or afternoon here and know first hand how much there is! They have developed a very good, detailed on line visitor guide where you can enjoy a 360-view some of the galleries, read about the history and get immersed. You could get lost in here between the many museums and archeological sites!

Museo Egizio - Located in Turin, this is the oldest museum in the world devoted entirely to ancient Egyptian culture. There are many treasures here and so much fascinating history!

Enjoy! We hope you will enjoy some of Italy's treasures during this time!
Barolo and beyond
Puglia sunset
San Biagio and view from Montepulciano
Gina Stipo and Mary Stipo Potter | Ecco La Cucina | 1-972-342-8308| Email | Website