In a few months, it will be four years since I arrived in the USA. Many things have happened, many things have changed since, and countless are the friends and people I have encountered not to mention my personal growth. I could not feel luckier about this path.
Although I spent most of my time in Albany, where I studied, the city I visited the most is NYC. The call it the city that never sleeps and it is true. You can really find anything you desire, imagine, or wish at any time of the day there. After the E Village, Central park is my favorite spot. I would spend hours there (and it would not be enough to see it all!).
Columbus Circle is also another nice spot, especially since it is close to GROM, an Italian Gelateria ( 1796 Broadway, NY, 10019 – 212-974-3444). If you want to have real Italian gelato, I strongly recommend it.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to NYC with my colleague Jeanne. We could have not picked a worse day (or maybe we could have) since it rained all day! However, armed with umbrellas, we managed to have a great time. One of the reasons we went to the city, was to go to Via Emilia (47 E 21st St, NY 10010, (212) 505-3072). This is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of NYC. The chef, William, was born and raised in the city of Modena, which is in the region Emilia Romagna, where also I was born and raised: in his restaurant he proposes only traditional cuisine from the very same region.
As an Italian, I can guarantee you that this is not the American-Italian restaurant where you find the not-so-Italian spaghetti and meat balls and fettuccine Alfredo. Via Emilia offers true Italian dishes with true Italian ingredients and I recommend it to everyone who want to have a taste of the delicious cuisine of Emilia Romagna. Everything is home made.
As main courses we had “Tortellini in brodo”…
Although we basically spent the whole day under the rain, we had a wonderful day around the big apple, from the MoMa to the FlatIron district, to Central Park to Macy’s to finish the day with an unforgettable Italian dinner.