Interview With Brand New Pole School London Pole Dance

Italian pole dancer and studio owner Lucia Balestreri has recently launched London Pole Dance, a new Italian style pole school in London, near Finchley Road. Here’s my Q&A with Lucia, where she tells me all about the new school and the new pole competition she’s bringing to the UK. View this post on Instagram Grand … More Interview With Brand New Pole School London Pole Dance

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Q&A with Cecilia Gragnani from Diary of An Expat

As an Italian Londoner, I’m always interested in hearing about other expats’ journey, especially if they’re from my country. So when I heard that Cecilia Gragnani, a fellow Italian Londoner, was about to star in a one-woman-show about being an expat, I knew I had to speak to her. Diary of an Expat When she … More Q&A with Cecilia Gragnani from Diary of An Expat

An Italian Woman’s View of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

During my latest holiday back home in Italy, I finished Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend four-book saga. I found it gripping, heart-breaking and terribly honest. In this article I will try to explain why it resonated with me, a 25-year-old woman born and bred in Italy. I’ll also feature some opinions from people who read it, … More An Italian Woman’s View of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

Exploring The Vatican

My mum is from Rome. My grandparents are from Rome. I am Italian. And in 25 years I had never seen the Sistine Chapel. #fail – Time to change that! Here’s my itinerary for a quick day in Rome exploring the Vatican, visiting the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and shopping in Italy’s top department … More Exploring The Vatican

10 Books to read on your Italian summer holiday

Something happens to me while on holiday in my country. I’ve been lucky enough to relax on beaches and by pools in the United States, Australia, Bali, Singapore… but nothing is quite like lying on a beach in my homeland of Sardinia, Italy. Here, the vibe (and the fact that my mother hardly lets me … More 10 Books to read on your Italian summer holiday

L’Anima, Italian like no other

It’s probably the best time ever to eat Italian in London: street eats like Cheeky Italian, Fundi Pizza, Franco Manca and Pizza Pilgrims have definitely raised the quality bar on Southern European goodness in the capital, and newly-opened Canto Corvino shows you can serve amazing Italian food for a good price. But there’s an Italian restaurant … More L’Anima, Italian like no other

The Manhattan Project at POND Dalston: weird cocktails and Hawaiian food pairings made in heaven

The launch of The Manhattan Project‘s residency at POND Dalston saw a dream team of tasty and crafty cocktails matched with Hawaiian food. The weirder the better. The Manhattan Project’s odd twist on retro cocktails – all consisting of four main ingredients focusing on the season – is the brain child of Felix Cohen, who thought up the project in … More The Manhattan Project at POND Dalston: weird cocktails and Hawaiian food pairings made in heaven

Day out in Sardinia: boat to the Emerald Coast

It’s a hard life here in Sardinia. Here’s what to do on a day out in Gallura’s Emerald Coast. Wake up at 8 – the heat is going to wake you uo anyway – and head to Nodu Pianu beach to rent a small dinghy for half a day (€145). A dinghy will give you access … More Day out in Sardinia: boat to the Emerald Coast

Interview with Giacomo Smith from Kansas Smitty’s, the jazz man from London’s hottest jazz bar yet

If you read this blog you’ve probably already heard about my passion for Kansas Smitty’s crazy-fun jazz raves, discovered first at the Dead Dolls Club in Bethnal Green and then brought to one of East London’s greatest jazz bars, the band’s own Kansas Smitty’s bar. Today I interview Giacomo Smith, the incredibly busy and uber successful Italian-American jazz player from the … More Interview with Giacomo Smith from Kansas Smitty’s, the jazz man from London’s hottest jazz bar yet