Abruzzese in Australia I am proud of…


In the coming weeks I will be featuring some inspiring Italo – Australians of Abruzzese origin who are doing great things….


Author of “Finding Valentino”.
I caught up with author Angela in Abruzzo a few months ago and enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea at my place. I made a sour cherry and olive oil cake and it was there that we made our definite and exciting  plans to do a joint tour in Abruzzo for 2014. We have called it  “Finding Valentino with Angela Di Sciascio”.
The 11 day journey is all set for October 5, 2014 and promises to showcase the best of Abruzzo along with places special to Angela and bring her novel to life!

“Angela Di Sciascio trained as an English language teacher and has spent over 15 years teaching in Australia and overseas. She has travelled widely, relishing the experience of being submerged in other cultures. Her passions are teaching, travelling, cooking and eating. She lives and works in regional Victoria, surrounded by family, friends and cookbooks. She loves to write about her observations and experiences.

Have a look at Angela’s blog and a her latest entry describing the wonderful local saint’s festival of SANTA REPARATA held every October and of course will be  a great highlight of her tour…




For your copy of this beautifully written book, published by Melbourne University Press, contact Angela directly on:

“Valentino Di Sciascio can no longer describe his past or his culture, and his family’s heritage may be lost to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Deciding not to let his story fade, his daughter Angela travels the length and breadth of the Italian boot, absorbing the culture of her father and experiencing the chaos, beauty, style and deliciousness that is Italy today.
Basing herself with relatives in Abruzzo, she spends a year travelling around the country, discovering the language, culture and cuisine of her heritage. Meal by meal at her father’s family table and step by step through the Italian countryside, she slowly comes to understand the young Valentino who left for the new world.

RRP $29.99
Victory Books
ISBN 9780522858419