Can you miss the Tower of Pisa, the Brunelleschi Dome, the Uffizi, or the Sistine Chapel? Impossible. These unavoidable sights are like the entree, the pičce de résistance of a sumptuous meal. Although these special main courses are rich and satiating, their fame has preceded them and deprived them of great surprises. Once you have partaken of them, you should take an emotional rest by going on the paths less trodden, tasting the smaller appetizing side dishes, less affected by fads and trends, but always delectable and often not anything that you would have expected.
G. Franco Romagnoli and Gwen Romagnoli travel to Italy frequently, each time delightfully discovering they share a love for the same places and same food. Franco was co-host of a PBS television series, The Romagnolis' Table, which brought Italian cooking to a wide American audience in the 1970s and 1980s. He has authored nine cookbooks, toured the world giving demonstrations, and operated several restaurants in the Boston area. Franco and Gwen livin in Boston. (booksense)