We’re Kelly & Alberto, and our story started with a pizza recipe. Actually, it probably started long before then.
Back in 2000, Alberto studied abroad in California as a junior in high school. He discovered cheerleaders there, so he never wanted to return to Italy (his mother, however, wanted him to return immediately!).
At the same time, Kelly was a high school cheerleader in Nevada…just a state away.
But they didn’t meet.
Alberto was a student at the Universita’ degli Studi di Padova.
Meanwhile, Kelly studied Italian at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino. She realized that what Americans call “Italian” food isn’t Italian at all….and she wanted to stay in this food paradise forever.
They still didn’t meet.
Fast forward 10 years later. Kelly and Alberto were craving a bit of their past experiences abroad, especially speaking the language with a native. And so they finally met through a language exchange.
They bonded over a love of Monterey, California, cats, and cooking (and eating, let’s be honest)! The very first recipe Alberto shared with Kelly was a pizza recipe. She had just returned from Italy and wanted to make her own from scratch in her family’s new pizza oven. And that’s how Italian at Heart was born.
What you’ll find on Italian at Heart
We believe that cooking for others is an expression of love. We want to share our joy of cooking and gathering around the table with others through our blog. We hope you’ll join us at the table!
Traditional Italian Recipes: We love using the highest quality ingredients and cooking traditional recipes from scratch.
Italianized American Recipes: Americans Americanize Italian recipes, so why not try it the other way around?! Alberto makes the best burgers & burritos! (We both love spicy food).
Wine Pairings: The right wine paired with the right recipe can take a dining experience from delicious to heavenly. Kelly received her WSET Level 2 certificate in 2018. We’ll include suggested wine pairings for most of our recipes.
We travel to eat. If that’s you too, then you’ll love our culinary travel recommendations as we discover the best places for foodies from the U.S. to Italy.
Italian Culinary Experiences: Kelly has never eaten better in Italy than with Alberto (both at home and when eating out). We’ll share all of our favorite places to eat and drink in Italy.
American Culinary Experiences: When Kelly is in the U.S., she loves finding restaurants & wineries with an Italian connection to prove that you can dine well in the U.S. too.
We believe that the best place to connect is around the table.
Aperitivo Chats: Conversations to connect with authors, bloggers, winemakers, chefs and others passionate about Italy & its cuisine.
#DolceVitaBloggers: If you are a content creator who loves Italy too, you’ve found your tribe! You can find the details about our monthly link up here.
Language Learning: We believe that language learning should be fun and can be a hands-on sensory experience through cooking & wine tasting. You’ll find lots of language learning resources for foodies, as well as Kelly’s updates on her Italian progress (Alberto is already fluent in English!).
If you’d like to collaborate with us, you can contact us here. We love to hear from our readers too, and we are happy to answer any food or wine questions!