Ciao! Welcome to Flavia’s Flavors. I’m Flavia and I love to cook, write and take photographs of food. I decided to start my own food blog so I could have a place to share my passions and connect with my readers and the food blogging community.
I come from an Italian family and grew up around people who used food and cooking as a way to keep their traditions alive, celebrate their Italian culture and nourish the people they cooked for with the freshest and best quality ingredients. I grew up eating really, really well.
I have been traveling to Italy for most of my life where I formed close relationships with my maternal and paternal great-aunts, who were all wonderful home cooks. I was also fortunate to grow up near my maternal and paternal grandparents who were also excellent home cooks. My paternal grandfather, Luigi, was a professional chef for seventeen and a half years at Washington, DC’s exclusive George Town Club and had an incredibly interesting culinary career. My paternal grandmother, Ada, was an urban homesteader long before the term was invented. She cultivated a variety of fruits and vegetables, her radicchio di Treviso and figs being two family favorites. My maternal grandparents, Diego and Liliana, immigrated to the United States from Rome after WWII. Nonna Liliana cooked Roman specialties from scratch every day while also working as a seamstress. One of her specialties was crostata di confettura (jam tart) and she made it for countless family gatherings and special occasions. Nonno Diego, while not a home cook per se, entered the kitchen every so often to make his specialty, zuppa inglese (English trifle).
I think it’s safe to say that cooking is in my genes! Italian food is what I know and love most, and I feature it exclusively here on Flavia’s Flavors. I didn’t start cooking and baking in earnest until after I was married and I am entirely self-taught. I am continually teaching myself how to make many of the Italian recipes I grew up eating, most of which originate from the regions of Veneto and Lazio, but I’m also learning how to cook recipes from the other eighteen regions of Italy.
My food and cooking philosophy is based on using the freshest and best quality ingredients. I cook and bake from scratch because I believe it is the healthiest and most flavorful way to eat. I believe in cooking seasonally, buying locally whenever possible, and being aware of where your food comes from.
I’m originally from the East Coast, born in Washington, DC and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. I have been living in Houston, Texas since 1998 with my husband, Peter, who has a big sweet tooth and is always willing to taste test my recipes.
I’m looking forward to sharing my love of Italian food and bringing you “a taste of Italy in your home kitchen”. Thanks for stopping by!