Grazie A Dio Siamo Italiani!! :)

Whenever I'm feeling sad, missing my family, or just want to smile, it seems all I have to do is surround myself with all things Italian and I instantly feel a better. I know I will have mentioned it in previous posts, but I'm half Italian, my Mum is Italian and I grew up with both my Italian Nanna and Grandad round the corner, so my brother and sisters and I were never short of the best food in the world and Italian treats on hand. I've been fortunate enough to visit Italy a few times to see family and the places my Nanna and Grandad were born and where my Mum spent many months during her childhood, and needless to say it is one of my favourite places in the world. Specifically Praiano. :)

I smile when I read Italian phrases on Pinterest, I get extremely giddy, like you couldn't possibly imagine, when I come across Italian produce in stores, (thank you World Market) and I squeal, well, pretty much every time I see, read or hear an Italian, Italian pictures, Italian words, Italian music, the Italian language and Italian food. I get this huge overwhelming sense of pride and my heart feels fit to burst when I think of my Nanna and Grandad. They are two of my most favourite people in the whole entire world and I couldn't even begin to express how much I love them. So naturally because they are Italian, Italy has become a truly, extra special and magical place to me!! :)

Here are a few of my favourite Italian things! :)

First and foremost, Nanna and Grandad are my everything and I have been blessed with many, many moments like this growing up! :) Whether it be learning how to make pastry, whipping up pizza dough or experimenting with chestnut pastries, these are my most treasured moments in life! :)

Uh just look at that picture! It captures my heart and makes the smile on my face reach my ears! :) This is the little cobbled beach in Praiano that my family and I frequented when we visited Auntie's and Uncle's and family friends. There are so many gorgeous spots in Italy, I wish to visit them all. This little piece of heaven is where I remember catching a squid with my brother, sisters and our Auntie's friend. In addition to our brother losing his baseball cap to the beautiful clear blue sea. :p There's also a small café tucked away in the corner where we got ice cream! :)

Nothing comforts me more than curling up with my Grandparents, while the fire is roaring, and watching Rai Uno on TV. We have grown up watching quiz shows, trying to figure out what's going on in drama series and the news and drooling over all the cooking programs. The one above was a new one I caught over the Christmas holidays and it was delightful. The set is all things sweets, cake and colourful and they were making the most delicious treats you could think of! :) I love the Italian language and happen to think the reason Kelly and I talk so fast is due to listening to the Italians talk, especially on TV, the language just seems to roll off their tongues and if you watch Italian TV you will understand what I mean. :p

This was me stocking up before I left home over the holidays! :) There is a cute deli called Barbakan in Chorlton, and it sells tons of authentic Italian foods. You can check it out here: I first had the Pan di Stelle when we went to Praiano for the first time. We walked through our aunties garden, through the lemon trees to visit a lady a little further up the mountain, and she put a plate of these out for us. They quickly became my favourite, they are chocolatey but have such a light cocoa taste, enough to satisfy a sweet tooth! :) The Dialbrodo didn't actually come from Barbakan, it came from Italy in a Christmas parcel. It is the best stock in the world for making pasta sauces and pastina. If you would like to read about more of my favourite Italian treats, click here for a previous post

This is probably one of my favourite quotes, I adore it. "One is never too big for a goodnight kiss" My family are definitely one for cuddles, kisses and hugs. We are quite sensitive and I think it comes from the Italian blood. We never leave the house without I love you's and kisses to the cheek. My Nanna always used to be surprised when we were kids and then teenagers and now adults, that no matter who we were with or in front of, when we say hello and goodbye to them, we always kiss them and say I love you. She thought especially as teenagers we wouldn't do that in front of friends and such, but it was never the case. :) I remember being at Primary school and on the odd occasion that Kelly and I were sick and Nanna came to pick us up, some of the other kids would be a little funny towards Nanna because of how she spoke, it only made us hold her hand tighter and feel more proud of who she was/is. :)

If you would like to see more pictures and more of my favourite Italian things, you can follow me on Pinterest and check out my 'All things Italy' board! :) But I think I will stop there for now as I could write for days about how much I love Italy, I'd have you looking at cake and food for hours! :p

I hope you have a wonderful day! Please love and treasure every minute with your loved ones, be proud of who you are and where you come from and don't let anything come between you and your family! :)

I also had the most amazing Nanna and Grandad on my Dad's side and though they are not with us anymore, they were the best and I count myself very lucky to have known both sets of Grandparents! I love and think of them each and every day and continue to learn from them! :) 

Love Lulu xx


  1. Even though I don't have any Italian relatives, I can totally relate to this post!

    I've travelled all over Italy, and Italian food is my absolute favourite food in the world!

    Also, many of my most precious moments in life were spent with my grandparents. They're sadly no longer around, but there's not a day goes by that I don't think of them.

    Anyway, beautiful blog Lucy, made me smile and think of happy times! :) xx

    1. Aww David, that's amazing that you have been all over Italy. There are so many more places in Italy that I want to visit! :)

      Aww, that made me smile, Grandparents are the best and i'm so happy that you still think of them and have wonderful memories! <3

      Thank you for reading! Sending big hugs! xxx

  2. Such a great post! I never had great grandparents, so I can't relate even the slightest. I love your pinterest boards x

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