Exploring Italy: A Journey Through it’s Rich Food Culture

Buongiorno! If you’re anything like me, one of the most exciting parts of traveling is trying out all the delicious food the destination has to offer. And let me tell you, Italy does not disappoint. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Positano, Capri Island, Napoli (Naples), Roma (Rome), and Tuscany, and the food in each region was unique and absolutely divine. Here are some highlights from my trip.


My first stop was Positano, a beautiful cliffside town on the Amalfi Coast. The seafood in Positano was some of the freshest and most flavorful I’ve ever tasted. I found myself in a cozy seaside restaurant, with a stunning view of the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. As I looked through menu, I knew I had to try the scialatielli ai frutti di mare, a seafood pasta with a tomato-based sauce that’s bursting with flavor. This is a must-try in Positano and I highly recommend. The pasta was perfectly cooked, with a beautiful texture that held up well to the hearty seafood sauce. The seafood was fresh with a slightly briny flavor that complemented the acidity of the tomato sauce. As I savored each bite, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to experience such a delicious and authentic seafood dish in the heart of Positano.

Capri Island

I took a day trip to visit Capri Island. I arrived at Lo Zodiaco Ristorante, beachside looking at the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As I took in the breathtaking view, I couldn’t help but feel excited about the meal ahead. The menu offered a variety of fresh seafood options, but I knew I had to try the lobster and pasta. The dish arrived at my table, and I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and enticing aromas. The pasta was cooked to perfection, with a satisfying bite and a light tomato sauce that perfectly complemented the tender chunks of lobster meat. The dish was garnished with fresh chopped parsley and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, adding a touch of elegance to the rustic dish. Eating lobster and pasta in Capri is an experience that I will always remember. The dish is a true representation of the island’s luxurious yet rustic cuisine, and the stunning views made the meal even more unforgettable.

Napoli (Naples)

Next, I visited Napoli (Naples), which is known for its pizza. I had to make a stop at the famous Di Matteo to grab a slice on the way to Roma (Rome). And let me tell you, the pizza here in Napoli (Naples) did not disappoint. The Neapolitan-style pizza is made with a thin, chewy crust and topped with fresh ingredients. A must try is the classic Margherita pizza, which is made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil. But for a unique twist on pizza, I recommend trying the pizza fritta, which is a deep-fried pizza pocket filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and your choice of toppings. Hands down one of the best pizza you’ll try during your trip in Italy. This is pizza lovers dream come true.

Roma (Rome)

After Napoli (Naples), I headed to Roma (Rome), the eternal city, is a food lover’s paradise. The capital of Italy is known for its history, art, and cuisine. I found myself at Il Pannicolo in the heart of Rome’s historic center. The walls were adorned with vintage photographs and memorabilia, giving the restaurant a timeless feel. The menu featured a variety of classic Roman dishes, but I knew I had to try the Tonnarelli pasta with skirt steak white ragu. This was LITERALLY the best pasta dish I’ve ever had. When the dish arrived at my table, I was struck by its hearty aroma. The tonnarelli pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, and the sauce was rich and velvety, coating each strand of pasta with its savory goodness.

The skirt steak was cooked to perfection, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that added a depth of flavor to the sauce. The sauce was perfectly balanced, with a rich, meaty flavor that was complemented by the sweetness of the onions and the creaminess of the sauce. The tonnarelli pasta was the right choice for this dish, with its firm texture holding up well to the robust sauce. Another must-try in Rome is the Involtini al sugo, which is beef rolls in tomato sauce. This is a classic dish that’s served all around Rome.

Eating tonnarelli pasta with skirt steak white ragu or Involtini al sugo is an experience that every foodie should have. Each dish is a true representation of the simplicity and richness of Italian cuisine, made with quality ingredients and love. Whether you’re enjoying it in a cozy trattoria or a high-end restaurant, you’re sure to be blown away by the flavors and the comfort each dish provides.


Finally the last stop, I visited Tuscany. This region is known for its rolling hills, amazing wine, picturesque vineyards, and hearty, rustic cuisine. One of the signature dishes of Tuscan cuisine is pasta. I found myself tucked away in the beautiful Tuscan hill town at winery for the day.

I decided to start this trip with not one, two but three glasses of wine. (Yes I’m at winery in Tuscany Italy so best believe I will enjoy this experience to the fullest haha). I was told I had to try the pici all’aglione, a traditional Tuscan pasta dish made with thick, hand-rolled noodles and a spicy tomato and garlic sauce. The pici noodles were thick and slightly irregular, giving them a rustic, homemade feel. The sauce was incredibly robust, with just the right amount of garlic, tomatoes and spice to give it a kick. I was amazed by the flavor, subtle sweetness of the fresh tomatoes that paired beautifully with the garlic in the sauce. The pici noodles were slightly chewy and satisfyingly thick, making them the perfect canvas for this flavorful dish.

The End

I hope you all enjoyed this journey. Overall, my trip to Positano, Capri island, Napoli (Naples), Roma (Rome), and Tuscany was a culinary adventure I’ll never forget. The food in each region was unique and delicious, and I can’t wait to go back and try more. If you’re a foodie looking for a culinary adventure, Italy should definitely be on your list. Buon appetito!


Lo Zodiaco Ristorante

Di Matteo

Il Pannicolo

Day Trip to Tuscany

Nobu: A Japanese Delicacy in the Heart of Malibu

Nobu Malibu is an exquisite restaurant that offers a unique culinary experience for its guests. Located in the beautiful city of Malibu, California, this restaurant has a stunning oceanfront location that provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. I had the pleasure of dining there and I must say, it was an exceptional experience.

From the moment I arrived, the ambiance was luxurious and relaxed, with the sound of the waves crashing in the background. The décor was modern and minimalist, with warm lighting and tasteful accents. The restaurant’s interior design seamlessly blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings, creating a truly breathtaking atmosphere.

Shrimp and Lobster with Spicy Lemon Sauce

But of course, the highlight of any dining experience is the food, and Nobu Malibu did not disappoint. The menu offers an extensive selection of Japanese-Peruvian fusion dishes, all of which are exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented. The sushi and sashimi were particularly outstanding, with fresh and high-quality ingredients that made each bite melt in my mouth. The yellowtail with jalapeno and black cod miso were also standout dishes that I highly recommend.

Chilean Sea Bass in Dry Miso and Asparagus

The service at Nobu Malibu was impeccable, with attentive and knowledgeable staff who were always on hand to offer recommendations and ensure that our dining experience was nothing short of perfect. The cocktails were also a highlight, with unique and creative flavor combinations that perfectly complemented the food.

Overall, I highly recommend Nobu Malibu to anyone looking for an exceptional dining experience in a breathtaking setting. It’s not cheap, but for a special occasion or a treat, it’s definitely worth it.

Address: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 | (310) 317-9140 |

Easy to Make Breakfast Smoked Salmon Bagel Toast

Breakfast Smoked Salmon Bagel Toast is a delicious and easy-to-make breakfast option that is perfect for a quick meal on the go. This recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients, including smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, grape tomatoes, and toasted cranberry bagel. To make this recipe, simply toast the bagels, spread them with cream cheese, top with smoked salmon, and finish with grape tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. This recipe is both flavorful and filling, and it is sure to start your day off right.



  • 4 slices of Smoked Salmon
  • 1 Tbs of cream cheese
  • 1 Cranberry Bagel (or bagel of your choice)
  • 3 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Stir cream cheese and dill together; season with pepper. Arrange salmon and tomatoes on a platter. Toast the bagel and serve with spread, salmon, and tomatoes.
  2. Enjoy! Make sure you tag #DinnerWithTayo, I would love to see your dish.

Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. One of New York City Best Seafood Gem

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Grilled Shrimp Mofongo
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Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. is a beloved seafood restaurant located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 2014, the restaurant quickly established itself as one of the premier seafood destinations in the city, offering a variety of fresh and sustainable seafood options to its loyal patrons.

One of the unique features of Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. is its commitment to sourcing the freshest seafood available. The restaurant works directly with local fishermen and fishmongers to ensure that all of its seafood is of the highest quality and has been caught sustainably. This commitment to sustainability is reflected in the restaurant’s eco-friendly practices, which include using compostable and biodegradable packaging and utensils.

The menu at Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. is a seafood lover’s dream, featuring an array of fresh and delicious dishes. Starters include options like raw oysters, clam chowder, and fried calamari. For mains, guests can choose from a variety of seafood options, including lobster rolls, shrimp po’ boys, and grilled octopus. The restaurant also offers a variety of market specials that change regularly, depending on what is in season and available. I recommend ordering the Grilled Shrimp Mofongo. A delicious and satisfying dish. The shrimp are grilled to perfection, with a nice char on the outside and a juicy, tender interior. The mofongo is made with mashed plantains, which gives it a unique texture that is both light and fluffy. The garlic and herbs in the mofongo add a nice flavor, and the dish is also served with a delicious sauce.

In addition to its delicious food, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. also boasts a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant features an open kitchen where guests can watch their food being prepared, as well as a bar area where they can enjoy a drink or two with friends.

Overall, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for high-quality, sustainable seafood in Brooklyn. Its commitment to fresh and local ingredients, as well as its welcoming atmosphere, make it a top choice for seafood lovers of all kinds.

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Make Cajun Style Crab-Stuffed Salmon That Will Wow Your Guests

This Cajun Style Crab-Stuffed Salmon is a delicious and impressive seafood dish that’s perfect for a special occasion or a fancy dinner party. This recipe features tender salmon fillets stuffed with a savory filling made with crab meat, Cajun seasoning, and breadcrumbs. The result is a flavorful and satisfying dish that’s both rich and indulgent. The Cajun seasoning adds a spicy kick to the dish, while the crab meat adds a sweet and delicate flavor. This recipe is not only delicious, but also nutritious, as it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, and omega-3s. If you’re a seafood lover or simply looking for a new and exciting recipe to try, give this Cajun Style Crab-Stuffed Salmon a go and impress your guests with a flavorful and elegant dish.


  • 8 oz. Crab Meat
  • ½ C diced bell peppers
  • ½ C cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ C grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tsp smoked paprika
  • ⅓ C green onions, diced
  • Lime Zest
  • 1 lb Salmon (skin off)
  • Salt for taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine softened cream cheese, bell peppers, garlic, crab meat, black pepper, cajun seasoning, paprika, green onions, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese; mix and stir until well incorporated. Taste and adjust accordingly.
  3. Butterfly salmon by cutting horizontally through the middle along one long side, leaving the other side intact. Open flat, like a book. Spread the crab meat mixture evenly across the salmon. 
  4. With a long side facing you, roll up salmon into a tight log. Secure with 6 pieces of kitchen twine, starting about 1 1/4 inches from the end and spacing evenly. 
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning, and 1 teaspoon salt. Brush the mixture evenly around the wrapped salmon. Cut salmon into 6 equal pieces, slicing between twine. 
  6. Place each piece of salmon in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the fish is done.
  7. Garnish with diced fresh parsley leaves.
  8. Serve and enjoy. This dish is great with veggies of your choice or rice.
  9. Make sure you hashtag #DinnerWithTayo, I would love to see your dish.

Shrimp and Crab Étouffée: A Perfect Meal for a Special Occasion

This classic shrimp and crab Etouffee is a true southern dish that’s packed with all the rich flavors from one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. Your family and friends will absolutely love this delicious dish.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (optional)
  • 2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb king crab legs or 1 lb lump crabmeat
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • Cooked brown rice


  1. Use kitchen shears to cut the shells. Remove the crab meat from the shell. Chop the crab meat into small pieces and set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté onions and celery in olive oil until softened for about 10 minutes. Then mix in the garlic.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the chicken broth and flour and whisk together until smooth. Add to the onion and celery mixture in the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened, this should take about 20-30 minutes. If your sauce gets too thick, gradually pour in some more chicken broth and mix together.
  4. Add lemon juice, cayenne, Tabasco sauce, and shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add crabmeat, green onions, and parsley and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Once it’s ready, serve over rice, or side of your choice and enjoy!
  7. Make sure you hashtag #DinnerWithTayo, I would love to see your dish.
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