Personal Interests

I like making stuff.

In particular, I like making three things:

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 18.11.371. FOOD

I’m a foodie (as my Italian background can easily give away). Today I document my cooking journey on Instagram, until I find the time to set up a proper blog. You can follow the hashtags #MyTalismanOfHappiness (inspired by the famous Italian cookbook) or its counterpart #MyTalismanOfSadness, for the “Instagram husband” point of view.  🙂

Back in the days, during my MSc, I started a collaborative blog MangiaBeviStudia (EatDrinkStudy) as part of a course project. It gained quite a bit of popularity and in just a few months it was being viewed around the world and has had nearly 200,000 page views since its launch in 2011, despite being only in Italian. I know this is not an impressive number compared to regular food blogs, but we didn’t expect such a quick popularity given it was a university project!

I also took part in three Restaurant Day events, the most successful of which being the one in February 2012, The Bloody Bastards’ Ravintola, where together with a group of friends we attracted around 70 customers and made a profit of nearly €1,000.00 in one evening.


In my spare time, I love drawing and painting. I’ve tried a variety of techniques: chasing and repoussé on copper, golden leaf, fresco painting, charcoal, and indian ink. More recently I used oil colours to replicate Van Gogh’s Starry Night and a photograph of my home town, Verona.

I enjoy amateur photography, but unfortunately I don’t always have a good camera on me so most of my pictures  are taken with my phone. I started off with my mother’s old Canon AE1, then I upgraded to a digital SLR, a Nikon 60D, but I missed using film so I got myself a Polaroid 636. Last Christmas I received a Panasonic Lumix GX1, so one of my new year’s resolutions is to improve my photography skills and share the pictures online on Flickr.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 23.11.413. TECHNOLOGY

I’ve only recently started playing around with coding, Arduinos and Little Bits. It’s a slow process, but hopefully this year I will be able to show you my first prototype of something (I have a plan, but will share in due time).