"Buongiorno! Welcome to my Italian-American adventures!"
Giulianna Rigali 2016 Italiano Connection
Giulianna Rigali
My Italiano Connection

The Basics: 

Hello, my name is Giulianna Rigali. My family hails originally from  Barga in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, but I was born and raised in California. While I am an Italian-American, I am an American first and foremost. :)

I love my Italian heritage and what I have learned about cooking, but one thing our Italian nonnas (grandmothers) did when they came over here, they worked with the ingredients they had on hand, which were often things not available in Italy and vice versa. They never concerned themselves with it being "authentic Italian," because the style was Italian, even if the ingredients were American. They loved this new country with all of its opportunities and were never ashamed that their cooking changed to fit the land in which they dwelt, nor will I apologize that my cooking is the best of Italian and American combined.

My life centers around my precious family. We love cooking together, hiking, astronomy, museum touring, anything Star Wars or Legos.

Hobbies and Passions: 

In my spare time, I am an Italian reviewer, award-winning cook (1st Place in a cooking contest for ABC TV), The Star Wars Mom, family devotional author, home schooling educator, and hospitality volunteer.

Italian Cooking:

Our house can be crazy with the coming and going, but "la cucina piccola fa la casa grande," the little kitchen makes a big home! Food brings the family together. In Italy the table and food is the connecting place with family and friends. Thus, creating exceptional food and traditions at home have become our rule.


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