warning: don’t read on an empty stomach

eat. sightsee. relax. repeat.  
this is our rough draft for all holidays and of course, italy is no exception.
real authentic Italian food.
few things in this life are better.
i love the juicy tomatoes, homemade pasta, salami, yummy cheeses… they just do it right.  
In Greve we ate at Gallo Nerro, and Osteria Di Passignana 
in Parma we ate at Trattoria del Tribunale
and in Firenze, and San Gimignano … it was so good, but both names escape me.  
anyway, all have my endorsement as everything was divina. 

First … 
Meat and Cheese plates!
real parma cheese
eggplant parm lasagna
pumpkin ravioli
tuscan bread soup, fried pasta, and raspberry sour creme
zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta
scorpion fish soup with pesto ravioli
duck with cherries
real minestrone
a tuscan specialty.  bready soup.  so good.  

grandmother’s cake … made by real granny (:  
wine tasting with “the four best friends that anybody can have” … sang to Allen’s song from hangover (:  
thank God our friends love food just as much as we do.

Sorry if i made your stomach growlllll this wednesday morning.
tomorrow … Firenze! xo

I’m on Michaela Noelle’s amazing design Blog …
telling you what i love, and not soooo much love.
check it out here!  

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  • Reply Sarah

    Ok, so I didn't head your warning… and it's midnight over in my neck of the woods, and I'm starving now! All this looks amazing. I miss Italy. I never had a bad meal there and I miss my 4 times a day gelato. Hope you are having just the best time ever!

    – Sarah

    June 15, 2011 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Kristina

    mmmh, that looks sooooo good! I just loove italian food! will be definitely going to Ticino in July (I am going to see Jack Johnson in Locarno) and I am already looking foward to eat at "my" grotto in Ascona 🙂 such good food!
    Happy Wednesday!

    June 15, 2011 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Brenna

    OH. My. goodness. I can't wait until I have enough money to go to italy and eat like that. ?? THat might seem like a weird thing to say, but I might just have to buy a piggy bank and label it "italy eats". the eggplant parm looks amazing! and tiramisu. Italians know how to do it right.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:03 am
  • Reply DiamondsandTulle

    OMgah – I DIE! The Salumi platter, that lasagna, truffles, and pasta! it's gastro heaven! I think I'd need to lose 30 lbs before I'd ever get to Italy just to prep myself for all the food I'd inhale! Thanks for sharing these delectable pics!

    xx Vivian @

    June 15, 2011 at 8:52 am
  • Reply MarieHarmony

    Thanks for the warning. Even if I am not hungry I would love to eat each one of these delicious plates.
    Think I will discuss with my husband about a visit in Italy soon.

    And your photos are gorgeous by the way! Can't wait to see more tomorrow………loved Firenze!

    Have a great day!

    June 15, 2011 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Something Old, Something New

    Oh wow! All of these dishes look absolutely amazing. You have me craving a trip back to Italy immediately! There is nothing better than authentic Italian food!

    June 15, 2011 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    i didn't heed the warning either and had to eat 2 pieces of pizza afterward in order to chanel the italian vibe.

    yay firenze!

    June 15, 2011 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Stevie Leigh

    I didn't heed your warning – mistake.

    And I have a confession… you noticed that I was wearing the same wedding dress. That's because, like many engaged women, I followed Style Me Pretty religiously. I saw the dress on YOU and said, "that is exactly what I want to wear". So I hunted it down. Called everywhere in the greater NY area and finally found it at a little shop in Brooklyn.

    And when I stumbled upon your blog while blog hopping one day, I was like, "THE GIRL WITH THE DRESS! AND SHE LIVES IN EUROPE! FOLLOW."

    So that is my story. And I hope it doesn't sound as creepy to you as it just did to me when I read it over. In any case, thank you for submitting your wedding to Style Me Pretty – it was lovely, and without it I may never have found my dream dress 🙂

    June 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    firenze today!? or tomorrow? goshhhhhhhhhh take me with you. no seriously. this is painful. take me.
    i love that place.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply jillian :: cornflake dreams.

    yum… and i know that you warned us but dannng now im starvin! lovely photos! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

    June 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply SK

    These are amazing pictures Sayd! And yes, I'm definitely going to go eat breakfast now.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Michelle (michabella)

    Hi… I am coming over and staying with you! I am such a foodie!! THIS ALL LOOKS AMAZING!!!!! My tummy is jealous. <3

    June 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Oh, I can. not. wait! for our trip to Italy in August!

    June 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Brandi @ Home Team Dreams

    YUM! Everything looks so good! 🙂

    June 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Story of My Life

    You are evil. I'm going to go stuff my face with a leftover brownie from last nigth. Might even throw in some ice cream, just to feel better about life…

    ;P Just playing. Amazing pictures, Sarah!!

    June 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply The Michelle Show

    And that is what I call food porn.

    Darn you.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Little Tree Vintage

    DROOL! yummy in the tummy!

    June 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Alexandria

    Thank goodness I ate a bagel, or else I would have eaten my computer screen. Looks scrumptious 🙂

    June 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm
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    June 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Mrs. T

    That warning was no joke! I should've listened…

    June 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply M.

    oh my word, i'm dying. pretty sure we have the same tastebuds.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply christine

    yummers in my tummers. that was the best food ever ever ever.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply GlamorousWhimsy

    I should have listened to you warning. All I want to do is crack open a bottle of wine, and grab a big plate of pasta. To bad it's not even 11 in the morning yet!

    June 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply homeseed

    AHHHHHHHHH!!!! this all looks so incredible. it's ridiculous!

    zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta?!? yummmmmm!

    June 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Alisha

    Fabulous pictures, hon!

    You definitely made my tummy rumble, and I promise it wasn't empty when reading this post. It enjoyed dry cereal with dried fruit this morning, then half an hour later, a whole peach. It shouldn't be talking to me…

    June 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Alex


    Those are my feelings of intense food jealousy.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Maria

    I am so jealous. This looks so good!

    June 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Lea

    Wow! You should take photos of food for a living! Those pictures are beautiful. Makes me want to eat your whole page!


    June 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    OOh MY GAWD. YUM. No gelato?

    June 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply The Epper's

    You must eat at Il Latini in Florence, it is fabulous. Family owned for generations, quaint and charming, amazing food, and authentic. LOVE IT.

    Also, if you have not eaten there yet, check out Zazas. INTENSE!



    June 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Suzzie V

    This looks so good!

    June 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    Read your blog over at Michaela's…..your line about the Nutella totally made my whole day!!


    June 16, 2011 at 3:37 am
  • Reply Sal

    Oh sweet memories of Italy! I can't wait to return someday. Enjoy! X

    June 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    yum! i love ribollita! (the bready soup)… it's my favorite dish in italy!

    we are "villa sitting" in florence for 3 weeks in august… you post just got me dreaming! so glad you had fun! (and ate well…) xo

    June 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Catita

    woow all that food looks so amazing, how lucky!! And great scenery pics from the country side!

    June 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm
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