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I've been invited to a party at Le Calandre, in Sarmela di Rubano, between Padova and Vicenza, to present the newly remodeled restaurant and Massimiliano Alajmo's new menu to the press. He's my favorite chef in Italy and I can't wait to see what he and his brother Raf are up to. They've totally changed three-star dining, eliminating formality in favor of comfort, and designing tables, glassware, and lighting (made by local artisans) with the same obsession that Massimiliano brings to ingredients in his kitchen. The ambiance reflects the lightness of his cuisine.

I'd like to invite readers to attend the virtual version of the party. You won't get to taste, but you can watch the action on the website, where they'll be live-streaming the event for 30 minutes. Click here at 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time today (8:30 PM in Italy) to check out the scene. I'll be wearing my Piero della Francesca hat. And I've set up an exclusive live interview for the Food Channel in Massimiliano's kitchen. It should be fun. See you soon.

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Faith Willinger is a chef, author, and born-again Italian. She moved to Italy in 1973 and has spent over 30 years searching for the best food from the Alps to Sicily. More

Faith Heller Willinger is a born-again Italian. She moved to Italy in 1973 and was seduced by Italian regional cooking. Faith has spent more than 30 years searching for the best food and wine, as well as the world beyond the table from the Alps to Sicily. She has no regrets about mileage or calories. Faith was awarded the prestigious San Pellegrino award for outstanding work as an ambassador of Italian cooking. She lives full-time in Florence with her Tuscan husband, Massimo. Her son Max lives in Milan. She's the author of the bestselling (9th printing) guidebook Eating in Italy, the cookbook Red, White & Greens, and the narrative recipe book Adventures of an Italian Food Lover. Faith teaches in her kitchen in Florence on Wednesdays, supplied with freshly picked produce from her favorite farmers. Check out her web site at www.faithwillinger.com.
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