April 4, 2014

My First Restaurant

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!

March 28, 2014

Marking a Milestone

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 [...]

March 24, 2014

Remembering My Nonna Rosa’s Courtyard

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 12, 2014

Italian Fathers’ Day

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 [...]

March 4, 2014


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 [...]

February 25, 2014

Why Birthdays Matter

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 [...]

February 21, 2014

YOUR stories!

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.

February 7, 2014

A personal milestone

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 [...]

January 31, 2014

Two simple cookie recipes

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 [...]

January 27, 2014

Another milestone

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 [...]

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