Warning: If you let Italy get to you, it will never let you go.

That’s what happened to me. After one of those whirlwind, 11-day trips of all the main cities and sites (Rome, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Leaning Tower of Pisa, back to Rome), I was hooked. I was only 14.

I studied Cultural Anthropology in college, and Italy is why my second major was Italian (also why I took three years of Latin in high school and loved it). When I studied abroad in Florence in 2009, I discovered a hidden passion: food. After graduating from Penn State University (We are!), I still couldn’t get enough of Italy. Or food. Call me obsessed. I entered the Master’s program at the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, a tiny ancient Roman town in the northern Italian region of Piemonte. My year at this school did nothing to help me get over this country, and soon I found myself in one of Italy’s most underrated, mysterious, and elegant cities: Turin.

I’m currently the managing editor for the online publication The Grand Wine Tour, which features articles about Italy’s best wine territories, its topics ranging beyond vino. I also write about wine and travel in Piemonte on Wine Pass, an online magazine based in Alba. In a nutshell, insomma, I love Italian food, wine, craft beer, culture, and travel—and the best way I can share this passion is writing about it.

Italy is known for its slow pace of living. This has given me a chance to develop my writing, and I’ve continued doing what I’ve done since I penned a masterpiece about a disappearing pirate boat at the age of eight: write fiction. I’m working on something substantially longer than four pages. As I go on this journey, I’ll share resources, hand-wringing and hair-tearing moments, and hopefully successes alongside my travel adventures and expat wonders and woes.

Thanks for visiting!


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Looking forward to following your adventures and seeing what craft beer you find! I kind of gave up on it…as craft beer has slowly gained a following in Italy, I’ve slowly lost my craving for craft beer and finally switched over to wine, ha! Oh well. But maybe your blog will inspire me to balance between the two. 🙂


  2. Italy and beer? Why haven’t I known about your exsistance before today!?!?!?!

    We should buy SmartBoxes and use them at a meet up point in Northern Italy. Melaverda is always suggesting places with artisanal beer…I drool after ever episode!

    Jokes aside, I love that you love beer and you live in nothern Italy! Evviva!


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