Hi there, I'm Filippo. Welcome to Philosokitchen!
Born and raised in Bologna, Italy (hometown of lasagna and tortellini!), I grew up under the table of my grandmother helping her making fresh pasta for our Sunday feasts with the family.
Bologna is one of the most foodie city that I know, and living there has given me a huge food imprinting: Tortellini, Bolognese sauce, lasagna... is not a surprise that Bologna is known as “la grassa” (the fat). Walking around its historic district, the first impression is that there are more food places than apartments!
Starting college, my studies brought me to Florence, in Tuscany, where I shared an old apartment near downtown with six other dudes... oh men, good old times! Florence is a capital of food as well: if Bologna is the queen of fresh pasta, meat reigns in Florence. There I learnt to appreciate Florentine steak, slow cooked meat, strong flavors, excellent raw materials, and some of the best wines in the world. The century-old history of Florence goes hand in hand with its culinary tradition.
My passion for food stems from my curiosity, which has led me to travel around almost all continents (I still miss Oceania, but I hope to fill that gap soon!). During my trips I discovered the power of food: how it can get people closer, how it can distress the most critical situations, and how it can disclose you a country and its people.
In July 2013, I moved to Columbus, OH with my wife Caterina. And this was the beginning of a whole new adventure. Being a foreigner and new to the local culture, every culinary experience is an exciting discovery. And for when I feel homesick, I’m still able to find most of my familiar ingredients, thanks to an increasing import of excellent quality products from Italy.
Currently I live in Athens, Georgia, since August 2016.
I started this blog to follow my passion, to have the opportunity to improve my techniques, and to share my experience about Italian cuisine and other traditions that I encountered around the world. I hope you could find here the right recipe you were looking for!
Thanks for visiting, see you at your table!