Thank you for visiting my site. I am Paola (though I generally get called Paula) and my family is Italian – mamma was from the Veneto region and my father was from the Istrian peninsula (these days divided between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia). I live in Melbourne, Australia. My love of Italy and its food is part of the journey I am taking to embrace the growing, making and sharing of food through the culture that my parents gave me. Eating and sharing food go hand in hand. Our memories of food are often linked to places, people, events and feelings. I share stories about the food I cook at home and its memories.

I return to Italy every year to explore the food and culture, visiting friends and spending time with my extended family, sharing meals, talking and hearing stories of days long gone. I love sharing these visits through the photos that you will see in my blog posts and on my social media feeds. I have run food tours in Italy in previous years (pre-pandemic) and hope to again! My mother was from a tiny town on the outskirts of Treviso and she was my greatest food inspiration.

I started this blog in late 2011 and was (briefly) on Masterchef series 4 in 2012. I have written and photographed three cookbooks: Italian Street Food (2016; 2nd edition 2021), Adriatico (2018) and Istria (2021) all published by Smith Street Books. You can find more information about my cookbooks on my cookbook page; both books have international distribution and if you are in Australia, you can buy them (signed) directly for me.

I would love for you to be inspired to explore your own memories of food and family; I hope you enjoy reading my stories, looking at my photos and cooking the simple Italian food that I love.