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When I was little I didn't like food. In my hometown of Milano, Italy, my foodie family gorged on the incredible meals that they prepared, while I sat and picked at my pasta with butter -one of the few dishes I ate. The last thing my parents would have imagined is that I would grow up to be a restaurant critic and food writer. But that's what I did. By the time I was 10, I had become extremely interested in food and cooking. Helping in the kitchen and trying new foods everyday was the name of the game. That made me pretty popular with my friends once I hit high school because I could feed them -and loved to- regardless of the time of day. Pasta at midnight? No problem. Sandwiches for lunch? Sure! Once I even baked a cake at 2 in the morning. If I have to be honest, though, I never though about becoming a food writer. I wanted to be a journalist, that I always knew, but I wanted to cover foreign affairs, wars and the likes. After receiving my Associate degree in Communication Science from IULM university in MIlano, I moved on this side of the Atlantic and received a B.A. in Communications at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2005. In 2006 I started my job as an intern for NDN's, where I covered bars and local events. Writing a review for the website's "Eats: $15 and under" was the first step towards my current career. Once I transitioned to the Features department I gladly started writing about food and restaurants on a weekly basis. My love and knowledge of food makes my job always exciting and very rewarding. When I'm not working I like to spend time at home, with my 103 cookbooks, or out on the water, scuba diving, wakeboarding and grilling on the beach.

Position History

  • Restaurant critic
    08/21/2006 - 02/16/2010

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Recent Work

  • Feeling that island vibe at Tommy Bahama's Published 03/02/2010 at 11:33 p.m.

    There are those who love Tommy Bahama and those who love to hate it and call it a tourist trap. The reasons both groups have for harboring such strong feelings, incidentally, are the same: the place is always packed, out-of-towners ...

  • PHOTOS: Local chef creates multiple versions of hamantaschen, Purim’s traditional cookies Published 02/23/2010 at 9:27 p.m.

    At sunset on Saturday, the Jewish holiday of Purim will begin. The two-day festivities commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to annihilate them by order of Haman, the royal vizier, during the rule of King Ahasuerus ...

  • Lindburger's a juicy burger bonanza Published 02/16/2010 at 10:21 p.m.

    Fifty burgers. Sounds like a lot, but that’s what you’ll see on the menu at Lindburger’s. Located merely a block north of the glitz of Fifth Avenue, this small, casual establishment is easy to pass by, yet it has a ...

  • Here are five books to get your children in the kitchen and loving it Published 02/16/2010 at 9:34 p.m.

    As a child, I never had a cookbook. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t into cooking — on the contrary, I spent countless hours helping my grandma making gnocchi or watching my mom prepare our dinner. It was a time when ...

  • Love and marriage generate plenty of superstitions Published 02/12/2010 at 9:07 p.m.

    When it comes to love, most people — especially the female gender — believe they need a little luck, whether it’s Valentine day or any other day of the year. The superstitions created around dating, love and marriage are plenty ...

  • Music made to win: Naples resident a composer to the Olympic stars Published 02/11/2010 at 8:39 p.m.

    Alex Goldstein was never an athlete, but sports has certainly shaped his life. The Naples resident, 61, has been writing and composing tunes for nearly 40 years that have accompanied figure skaters, gymnasts and synchronized swimmers to the podium during ...

  • Valentine's Day: Go for jazz, beach nuptials or live fruit trees Published 02/11/2010 at 8:30 p.m.

    Tired of the usual Valentine’s day drill of overcrowded restaurants, expensive flowers and candy? The good news is that there are alternatives for those who want to celebrate with their loved one in an original way. From special-edition love CDs ...

  • Review: Home Thai Sushi Bar offers great food, great prices Published 02/09/2010 at 11:01 p.m.

    Home Thai Sushi bar’s location isn’t a lucky one — Alberto’s Trevi and Memories Deli are just two of the businesses that didn’t make it at the same Bonita Beach Road address. However, the new owners have done a great ...

  • Meatloaf? Readers share everything from turkey to diet loaves Published 02/09/2010 at 9:01 p.m.

    After learning how chef Tony Ridgway makes the meatloaf he serves at his restaurant, Ridgway Bar and Grill, we asked our readers to share their special recipes with us. We received everything from diet loaves to turkey loaves to stuffed ...

  • Dining Out: 'The Boathouse' looks better than it is Published 01/28/2010 at 9:33 p.m.

    When I walked into The Boathouse for the first time I thought it looked like a wonderful spot to have a casual dinner by the water. Unfortunately, both my visits to the establishment were less than satisfactory. If I only ...

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