Maria Pia de Razza is passionate about the food of Italy, particularly Puglia and the region of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. To eat at her celebrated trattoria in Wellington, New Zealand, is to partake of the wonders of authentic Italian food, made from the very best fresh and imported ingredients Pia can obtain. A fillet of John Dory, pan-fried and served with spinach and Florence fennel; goat, braised Roman-style with plenty of olive oil and imbued with the flavours of artichoke and new potatoes; pannacotta served with a caramelized topping.
The book also includes the story of Maria's family, together with family photographs and memorabilia.
About the Author
Maria Pia de Razza is a granddaughter of the Duke of Moriciano di Leuca. She was brought up by her grandmother in Lecce, where she was taught to make bread to accompany the regional cheeses, to roast vegetables in olive oil from the family farm, and how to make and cook pasta. Maria and her husband run Maria Pia s Trattoria in Wellington, New Zealand."
"To eat at Maria Pia's trattoria is to become a part of this woman's world; and to read her book is to feel the same thing has happened... A book for real Italian-food lovers." -Alessandra Zecchini, Cuisine