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G. Franco Romagnoli, author of The Romagnoli's Table, left Rome in his late twenties to pursue his career as a film-maker in America. But the love of his native city repeatedly brought him home over the years. Recently he returned to live in Rome centro for six months to see what remained of the city of his childhood, and he discovered that Rome was still Rome, and maybe even more so.
Enveloping the ancient city of Rome is a lively modern city of parks, cafes, and hidden gardens; of grand public spaces, crowded streets, and hidden fountains; of people going about their lives in a kind of secret urban paradise. This is the Rome where, as a child, Romagnoli learned to swim in the Tiber River, where he was introduced to the manly vigor to be found in the ovetto fresco di giornata, the day-fresh egg, where strangers exchange recipes on the bus. Told with the knowledge and nostalgia of a native son, the inquisitiveness of a seasoned journalist, the passion of an Italian, and the charm of an Old World gentleman, A Thousand Bells at Noon is travel writing at its immediate best.
Romagnoli left Rome in his late 20s to seek his fortune as a documentary filmmaker in America, but the love of his native city took him home for visits. From the great churches and palazzos to the small apartments and crowded streets, Romagnoli shares all of Rome's charms and contradictions. Photos. Maps.
G. Franco Romagnoli was a mere youth when he left Rome for America, where he made a name for himself as a cookbook author, television personality, and restaurateur. But the love of his native city brought him back to Rome for an extended stay, allowing him to rediscover the sights, smells, and sounds of this urban paradise.
In A Thousand Bells at Noon, Romagnoli shares with readers his visceral and emotional experiences in Rome: its ancient streets and modern shops; it parks; cafés, and hidden gardens; its grand public squares and sacred spaces. As he relives moments from his childhood, reconnects with old friends, and sees through new eyes a modern city steeped in history, you will fall in love with Romagnoli's Rome -- a wondrous place like no other on earth.
About the Author
G. Franco Romagnoli, an accomplished chef and restaurateur, was born, raised, and educated in Rome, and moved to the United States in 1955. From 1974 to 1976, he and his late wife, Margaret, wrote and starred in The Romagnolis' Table, a television series on Italian cooking. Their cookbook of the same name and its sequel, The New Romagnolis' Table, have sold nearly 400,000 copies, and for ten years they owned three four-star restaurants in the Boston area. Romagnoli is the author of numerous cookbooks, a frequent contributor of articles on food and travel to newspapers and magazines, and a culinary arts professor at Boston University. Widowed in 1995, he remarried in 1998, and now lives in Boston with his wife, Gwen, a lawyer and writer.