Ciao! Mi chiamo Stefano! Piacere!
I was born and raised in the Ciociaria area, just one hour south of Rome, and I currently live in beautiful Charleston, SC. Since I was a child, I always dreamed of traveling in far away lands to discover their culture and unique beauty. Living and working in many countries around the world, made me realize how fortunate I was to call Italy home. Working as a National Geographic tour guide in my beautiful Italia made me endlessly fall in love with Italy’s in all of its shapes and forms. I founded I for Italia as a tribute to the Italy I know and love dearly!
As much as I don’t love to answer straight questions, (especially when it comes to pasta!), I would say that there is no other answer than my grandma’s gnocchi with a ragù sauce ciociaro style. This is the dish of my childhood, the one that encloses the flavors but also the warmth and love for my maternal grandmother.
Favorite Italian Word/Phrase
“Al cuore non si comanda” — which means something like “you can’t command your heart!”. It’s a great reminder to not forget to listen to our heart and what he has to say!
The Best Region of Italy
Not sure what the best Italian region is, but I personally LOVE traveling and discovering the southern regions of Italy. If I had to indicate just one, I would say Sicily, an incredible Island where cultures from all over the Mediterranean Sea have built a unique, incredible culture, language, cuisine and architecture.