Talk about milestones–here’s a photo of my very first restaurant, Buonavia, in Forest Hills, Queens. What’s one of your greatest milestones? Share your story with us!
Every family is different, but I know my family loves to celebrate with a nice wine. You don’t have to splurge to get a bottle that will set the tone for a special occasion, but it’s important to know how to pair wine with food.Many books have been written on the subject and listings and [...]
With all this talk of milestones, I’ve been feeling a little more reflective than usual. Not just milestones–though there have been many!–but all the people and places that have been special to me over the years. Here’s one: my grandmother’s courtyard in Busoler. Busoler was a small town then made up of only thirty houses [...]
March is a month that is very dear to Italians, as March 19th marks Italian Father’s Day, or la Festa di San Giuseppe. The tradition of setting out a bountiful feast every year on this day dates back to Sicily in the Middle Ages, when St. Joseph is said to have ended a period of [...]
It’s Carnevale! Italians will be celebrating with costume parties, rich meat dishes, and plenty of sweets. Before we say our final farewells to winter, maybe a little last minute indulgence is in order as we get ready for spring? Crostoli is one name for the most popular carnevale dessert: fried dough. You will find variations [...]
I never like to let birthdays pass uncelebrated. It’s not that I think it’s important to count the years–those of you who are familiar with my mother, Erminia, know that age is only a number–but I do think birthdays are a great excuse to get together with loved ones. This past week I was happy [...]
As you watch my latest special, Life’s Milestones, I hope you’ll share your own stories online. From first steps to weddings and beyond, I always love hearing from viewers. There’s no occasion too small! Share your milestone here. Don’t know where or when to find Lidia Celebrates America? Check PBS’s schedule.
I’ve recently reached a professional milestone that I’d like to share with you all. I’m sure many of you have heard of or watched MasterChef here in the US–my son Joe is one of the judges–but I recently had the immense pleasure of serving as one of three judges on Junior Masterchef Italia. This was [...]
When I met the Atasas family to join them in celebrating the baptism of their beautiful triplets, I learned so many great new recipes. Being of Greek descent, they cooked up all the classics–gyros, spinach pie, stuffed grape leaves, cheese pie–but my favorite were the cookies, called kourabiedes. These sweet little guys are simple but [...]
This past weekend I was down in Baltimore. Though I was disappointed to learn that it wasn’t any warmer there than in NYC, I had the great honor of giving a cooking demonstration for a very special birthday bash. There are few milestones greater than turning 80 years old, and I was happy that I [...]