Everyone Wants to be Italian!
…and why not?! It’s a Passion…for Love, Fashion, Art, but most of all FOOD! Italian food has evolved from rustic, poverty staples to gourmet specialty dishes. $17.00 for a dish of beans? Of course, if you’re a foodie…Most certainly, if you are Italian…Beans are a means of survival, tradition, and history.
But where did it all begin? This blog is about real Italian traditions that take place in East Boston Massachusetts, in tiny backyards and cellars where all of these traditions are ALIVE and WELL – waiting to be passed on to everyone who wants to be Italian!

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Christine MacDonald September 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm Reply

    Hi Lisa,

    Congratulations on your blog. As a novice gardener this summer, I enjoy reading about other, more practiced gardeners experiences. Best of luck with the fall “harvest” (on a backyard scale).



  2. Gian Faraone October 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Ciao Lisa,

    Bellisimo il blog!!

    In boca al lupo,


  3. Rose Marie (Maisto) Boyd January 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Ciao, Lisa. (I’ve sent you information on LinkedIn also.)

    I enjoy your blog. Would you be interested in mentioning my novel, THE SPAGHETTI SET, on it.

    Proud of my Italian heritage, I’ve written a novel to celebrate it. THE SPAGHETTI SET is a light fiction about two Italian-American families that affirms the old adage: “Family is family, like it or not!” While providing a taste of Italian-American customs, language and spirit, the book entertains the reader with an amusing comedy of errors. For a sample of the characters’ irreverent, ludicrous and intimate behavior, see the free preview at: http://thespaghettiset.blogspot.com/.

    If you care to, you can view the video of my interview about THE SPAGHETTI SET on AZ TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ25kHO1_pY&feature=youtu.be

    Rose Marie (Maisto) Boyd

  4. Denise Lauro April 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I really love your blog and especially your entry about Easter. You captured so many of the same experiences that I had growing up in an Italian home. It was as if you were putting down my own thoughts and feelings from the Italian Bittersweet Easter eggs to the sadness of holy week to the joy of Easter and the promise of salvation. And of course, the food…one of life’s simplest joys we all share.

    • everyonewantstobeitalian April 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm Reply


      I really appreciate your kind words! I agree with you 100% about “life’s simplest joys”


  5. generosity of strangers April 20, 2012 at 4:53 am Reply

    Nice blog, Lisa…always enjoy reading about Italy, the people, the food…L’italia e’ un bel paese! tom

  6. rosa loiero March 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    I’m from Toronto and we are also from Calabria my Dad’s from Reggio and my mom was from Catanzaro. I love your blog! It reminds me of my family and all the beautiful traditions our parents have given us. Your family traditions are the same as our (making tomatoes, salami, boiling the pig fat along with the bones and of course the zeppoli made with potatoes and anchovies LOL). Enjoy and cherish all the time you have with your family! As I lost my mom 1 month ago and even though I will carry on the traditions with my sister and my children, It wont be the same without my beautiful mom.


    • Everyone Wants to Be Italian March 26, 2013 at 7:07 am Reply

      Thank you for your kind words. I am very sorry about the loss of your mother. I am sure she is very proud of you and your sister for carrying the traditions.

  7. rosa March 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Hi lisa, i just realized we come from the same place incalabria my dads last name is coluccio what is you last name maybe we are cousins! My husband is from siderno ask your parents if they know the hotel stella del ionio that is my husbands grandfather what a small world

  8. Rosann January 7, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply

    Thinking about gellatina right now. My Sicilian grandmother made it and my sister still makes it for my parents who are still alive and all of our grandchildren.

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