Special thanks to my husband for being an editor, tasting judge, strategic consultant, and therapist throughout and to my dear friend Romilda Cappato for being like a big sister to me and never tiring of helping me. Here is some information on her current hospitality project and the olive oil her family has been pressing for generations:Agriturismo Le 3 Case, my lovely sweet mother-in-law, Emanuela Tandello, for her editing work and enlisting friends to assist me, the super-knowledgeable and invaluable Piero Romano, our cousins Andrea di Masi and Cristina Oggero for all their essential insight on Puglia and Piemonte, dear friends Rolando and Giovanna Simonini for their warm and generous hospitality over the years and for enlightening me on the reality of regional differences, Luciana John for being like another mother and for all her valuable input, Teresa Fiorese for her contribution and encouragement. Here is some background on her family’s winery and their recipes:http://www.gaggino.it/ , my good friend Alex Milenov for being incredibly supportive and for introducing me to Melania Sala and her grandmother’s work, Gavotti, Enrina. Millericette. Milano: Garzanti 1965. Print. Thanks to Melania for giving me an insider’s view on Lombardia. To see more on Melania’s event planning and catering activities see here: www.scenografieintavola.it and www.galateoricevimenti.com
Antonio Zappacosta, Emerico Mancuso and Eva Munarin Fossati for being kind and insightful, and finally to Salvatore Polizzi and Bruno Piane for taking the time to help out a friend of a friend (me!) and lending me their very specialised knowledge.