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I have been back in Australia just over a week and things have been moving at the rate of knots. My debut cookbook Italian Street Food is out now in the USA and will be released in Australia on 1 November.


I am so excited to be able to tell you about the launch events that have been scheduled to date:

  1. Prahran Market Cooking demonstration – Sunday 30 October 1pm – I will be demonstrating recipes from my cook book, Italian Street Food. Books will be available for purchase from the Essential Ingredient – buy one and I can sign it after the cooking demo. For more information, click here
  2. Italian Street Food Launch party – Saturday 5th November 3-6pm at Enoteca Sileno. Join me for an afternoon aperitivo and Italian street food at Enoteca Sileno, Italian food and wine importer in Lygon Street Carlton. I will be talking about my experiences of writing the book and you will be able to buy a signed copy. Click here to view the Enoteca Sileno events newsletter and buy tickets. SOLD OUT

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I hope that those living in Melbourne will be able to join me at one of these launch events. And you can always buy a copy of my book online directly from me.


There are places in some of my up-and-coming cooking classes:
1. Crostoli making – Monday 5th December  2016 6-9pm SOLD OUT
2. Pasta making – Saturday 14th January 2017 11am-2pm SOLD OUT and Wednesday 18th January 2017 6-9pm
3. Gnocchi making – Monday 23rd January 2017 6-9pm and Sunday 19th February 2017 11am-2pm
4. Italian street food – cannoli – Wednesday 8th February 2017 6-9pm

You can also buy a voucher for a cooking class. Vouchers make great presents and are valid for classes for a 12-month period. I will email you before I add more cooking classes to my schedule, that way you get first choice for future classes. Please note that I will not be holding classes during the period March – May 2017; and mid-October to mid-November 2017.


This month the good folk at the Prahran Market sent me a basket of wonderful early spring produce, which included artichokes and divine not-too-bitter pink grapefruit. Here is one of the recipes that I made for their monthly A-team recipe column. After my eating-fest in Italy in September, I have tried to make salads as meals for a few light lunches a week. This is one of them, based on a recipe I saw in the New York Times. It is a lovely combination of bitter (radicchio and pink grapefruit), sweet (fresh dates and white balsamic), crunchy (pistachios) and sour (pink grapefruit and white balsamic) and takes less than ten minutes to assemble. It would be lovely as a side salad to some grilled pork chops or lean chicken but I like it just the way it is, as a serving for one (and the radicchio makes the dish just a little bit Italian).

citrus collage-pink grapefruit-italy on my mind

radicchio, pink grapefruit and date salad

1 pink grapefruit
1 juicy and large fresh date (or two smaller ones)
5 – 6 large red radicchio leaves
2-3 slices of red onions (sliced thinly on a mandolin)
10 pistachio nuts, peeled and roughly chopped
excellent quality extra virgin olive oil
white balsamic vinegar

Start by peeling the grapefruit, making sure you remove all the white pith. Cut into discs 3-4 mm in thickness, making sure you catch as much juice as you can. Arrange the slices on a serving plate. Place the juice (you will need about a tablespoon) in a dish and add the onion and a pinch of salt. Leave for about ten minutes, or as long as it takes you do prepare the rest of the salad. remove the pip from the dates and slice thinly. Arrange evenly onto the grapefruit slices. Wash the radicchio leaves, removing any of the thick white spine in the leaves you do not want to eat. Shred the leaves to any size you like and scatter on the arranged grapefruit discs and sliced dates. Remove the onion slices from the juice and scatter on the radicchio leaves. Add EVOO to taste to the remaining juice and a small slash of white balsamic – mix well and pour on the salad. Scatter with the pistachios, freshly ground black pepper and serve.



  • Debra Kolkka says:

    I will look out for your book when I get back to Australia in November.

  • David says:

    I am so excited for your book launch! It has been such a joy to read through it each day. I love the salad – the use of bitter greens and citrus is the favorite combination of mine.

    • thank you David, so glad you are enjoying it. And yes the salad! I am trying to add fruit to most of my salads – I am not much of a fruit eater but adore salads – so am really enjoying combining them

  • Angela Palermo says:

    How exciting for you….. and for all of us lovers of your food and images. Im looking forward to your book being released. Congrats. Ange x

  • Angela Palermo says:

    How exciting for you……and for all of us who enjoy your food and images. Congrats. I look forward to getting your cookbook! Ange x

  • Paola, congratulations on your Italian street food book launch. I’m positive it will be a success! Your photo images of the food and locations are always divine. Unfortunately i live in Adelaide, so can’t attend any of your cooking class events, but next time i am in Melbourne, i will have to check your schedules.
    Will have to purchase the book of course!

  • Auguri! Hopefully your book will be available in Canada soon. Ciao, Cristina

  • Lisa Casey says:

    I just put in an order at my local bookstore for your cookbook and I cannot wait to try it out. I’ve enjoyed many of your blog recipes but I really prefer having a cookbook in my hands or waiting for me on the shelf. I wish you good luck on your book launch, hope you have one in the USA sometime, especially in Boston or NYC or best of all, Providence, RI!

    • Thanks so much Lisa – I really hope you enjoy the book. I would love to visit the USA again; I once spent 2 weeks in NYC, which was amazing. One day hopefully!

  • Gemma Kennedy says:

    Congratulations on an amazing book launch yesterday here I. Melbourne . Have spent the day reading and was so pleased to find your mum’s sugo receive. Such a beautiful tribute to your mum!

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