Tom Hanks and the Salone del Cinquecento

“Cinquecento, Cinquecento”, Tom Hanks says quickly and I start giggling. ...more

Alessandra Di Castro – Rome’s Dynamic Antiques Dealer

Alessandra di Castro is sitting on a plush, velvet couch in a curved, cozy recess in her Antiques Gallery at Number 4 Piazza di Spagna in Rome. She speaks rapidly in impeccable English declaring, “I have a very impatient personality.” … Continue reading → The post Alessandra Di Castro – Rome’s Dynamic Antiques Dealer appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

Silla’s Story

Dear Blog Readers – After spending nearly a week in Sicily working on the migrant story this month, I had so much material for a blog post, but no energy left to write it, so this post will be brief. … Continue reading → The post Silla’s Story appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

The Weight of a Word

In over 20 years working as a journalist, I don’t think I’ve ever covered a story where one word counted so much. Genocide. Prior to Pope Francis’ Mass on April 12th to mark the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of … Continue reading → The post The Weight of a Word appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

The Exodus

“It’s an Exodus” sighed Sargeant Marco DiMilla who works in the press office for the Italian Coast Guard when I called him frantically Wednesday morning trying to figure out which ports the Coast Guard ships would be landing at in … Continue reading → The post The Exodus appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

The Return of the Sexy, Brilliant, Bald Guys

This whole question of the sexy, brilliant, bald guys popped up the other day because my colleague Paolo Santalucia and I were trying to get out of an assignment. It was Friday afternoon in the office and Paolo called across … Continue reading → The post The Return of the Sexy, Brilliant, Bald Guys appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

Darkness, Despair and Light at the Via Crucis in Rome

Dear Blog Readers, Just a quick follow up to the “Tired Pope Post” yesterday. Last night I covered the Via Crucis at the Colosseum. As I mentioned yesterday, it is one of my favorite events on the Vatican calendar because … Continue reading → The post Darkness, Despair and Light at the Via Crucis in Rome appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

Is Pope Francis Tired?

Dear Blog Readers – Pope Francis is neck deep in Easter Week celebrations and I have the distinct feeling he is tired. He said it himself Thursday morning in the Chrism Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica. The Chrism Mass is … Continue reading → The post Is Pope Francis Tired? ...more

Italy’s Couchsurfing Policeman

Dear Blog Readers, I am in the city of Padua in northern Italy where today I was covering the trial of the couchsurfing policeman, Dino Maglio. ...more

The Dinghy Debate

Dear Blog Readers – With fears of terrorists hopping on boats and crossing the Mediterranean, suddenly Italy – which has been pulling migrants out of the sea by the thousands over the past year – is witnessing a strong backlash … Continue reading → The post The Dinghy Debate appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more