Hi, I’m Lidia!
I was born in Istria, then part of Italy. My maternal grandmother had a courtyard and a lot of animals. She produced a good amount of the food that we ate. We had duck, geese, goats and pigs, and everything we consumed depended on the season. When November came, we took the pigs and made them into sausages and prosciutto. We made olive oil and wine, and we would even grow beans and dry them for the winter. My relation to food at that time became very rooted in a connection to the Earth.
I believe making time to sit around the dinner table and connect is one of the most important things you can do for your family.
I was 12 when we left for America. When I realized that we were not going back to Grandma and that beautiful setting that I recall, I discovered that the connection I’d have to her would live on through my passion for food. Throughout my life I’ve carried that with me. It’s why food helps me communicate today.
As I grew older, that desire to cook and nurture other people and myself only grew stronger, particularly throughout the course of my career. Many of my endeavors have been created alongside my two children, Joseph and Tanya, who found their interests in the same business. I like to say that I’ve married my two passions in life: family and food! From opening several Italian restaurants throughout the U.S., including Felidia in New York City, to starring in television series, writing multiple cookbooks and launching a line of pastas and sauces, I’ve found a way for both family and food to be at the forefront. I believe making time to sit around the dinner table and connect is one of the most important things you can do for your family. Buon appetito!