Peter Pezzelli

Author of Home to Italy and Francesca’s Kitchen

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Arriverderici Pomodori!

October 1, 2010

September has finally left town and alas has taken with it the last of our tomatoes. But who can complain? 2010 was a banner crop, at least nel Giardino Pezzelli. Maybe it was all the warm weather, but I don't think we've ever had such big, beautiful, delicious tomatoes, and in such abundance! We couldn't eat them fast enough. Same for the zucchini and summer squash.

Nature is amazing. A few hours of work putting plants in the ground in the spring, a few minutes of daily watering, and maybe some occasional weeding after that, and you get repaid a thousand fold. Come the end of July when everything started to ripen, all we had to do was walk out every afternoon and pick a few tomatoes off the vine. Take a bite of one and it was like eating sunshine. Later Corinne would cut them up, pour some olive oil over them, throw in some basil and garlic and a little salt and pepper, and we were set. Grab a nice loaf of bread and what else do you need for dinner on a hot summer's night?

But you know, nice a month as it was, and as much as I'll miss my tomatoes, I'm not sad to see September go. October is really my favorite month of the year. I love the Fall when the weather starts to get that little chill in it, and the air is crisp and dry and comfortable, when it feels so good to be outside during the day and when you can finally get a restful sleep at night. And of course I love it here in New England when the leaves start to turn and the trees come ablaze like camp fires. You feel so alive! It's just one of the reasons that I've always felt blessed to live in this part of the world.

I love the transistions from one season to another. There's something exciting about their coming, and at the same time comforting and reassuring about their regularity, that I can't quite describe. I sometimes think God set the world on its axis the way he did just to make it all happen so that we'd know that, no matter what, there's always something new and different for us to look forward to. Who knows?

Anyway, I'm glad autumn's here. Get out and enjoy it!



  1. October 6, 2010 4:55 PM EDT
    Peter, I have become a big fan of your writing and I am now waiting for your next book. I have all 5 of your books. We took a tour of Italy in 2006 for our 50th Wedding anniversary and met a wonderful gal from Ca. When we got back to the states she sent us a gift. It was your book Home to Italy. I just loved the book. I then started looking for other books of yours and now have all of them. Loved each and every one. Your writing is wonderful and i put my self in the place where your book is.
    Thank you so much for all your stories...Darlene Tucson, AZ
    - Anonymous
  2. October 30, 2010 1:35 PM EDT
    My grape tomato plant continued producing luscious little tomatoes well into the fall this year in RI. I have never seen so many on one plant. I also love the fall weather and gorgeous leaves changing.
    I looked up your website today because I want to make my favourite biscotti recipe from one of your books. I wondered if you had recipes posted on your website. I am thrilled to see you have a new book out, Villa Mirabella. I am running to the Barrington library to look for it right now. While there, I'll look for the biscotti recipe.
    BTW, I LOVE your books and once I discovered them, I read one after the other. There is some Italian in my blood and your books thrilled me! Thank you
    - Rosanna

Selected Works

The journey back to life leads through the heart...
“A beautiful novel...Peter Pezzelli captures the warmth of Italy--family, friendships, and food--invites us into the world of his wonderful characters, and takes us full circle on a journey of life and love.”
Luanne Rice
New York Times bestselling author
Sometimes you can go home again...
“Poignant and emotionally revealing, Pezzelli's latest will have you laughing, crying and simply enjoying a first-rate novel.”
--Romantic Times
"Home cooking, good pasta, and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story."
--Publishers Weekly
"A sweet, brave, and funny novel--with a heart as big as the entire state of Rhode Island."
Claire Cook
--author of Must Love Dogs

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