The Unofficial Elizabeth Minchilli Wiki
Americans eager to immerse themselves in Italian culture have found a guide in Elizabeth Minchilli, whose writing and personalized tours have given travelers a way of bypassing tourist traps in order to find the authentic soul of the country. This is the story of how Elizabeth became a local, and the work she's done chronicling the beauty of Italy and making it accessible for American readers. If you're a foodie looking to taste everything Italy has to offer, check out Elizabeth's book "Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table."
What Books Has Elizabeth Minchilli Written?
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Elizabeth Minchilli is a blogger and book author based in Italy. She mainly writes about Italian food, culture and destinations. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, her love affair with Italy started at age twelve when her parents took the family on a tour of Florence, Venice and Rome. They returned to the States and her father sold the family business, rented out their home, and they left for Italy, staying for a good two years the second time around. They eventually moved back to the States, but they continued to visit for summer vacations.
Back in the states, her fascination with culture and the arts continued. She started out her life as an academic. After finishing high school, she went on to major in Art History at Boston University. Shortly after college, Elizabeth continued her studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and got her Master's Degree.
In 1987, she moved back to Italy to work on her PhD in Renaissance Garden Architecture. She wrote about the 16th century Boboli Gardens for her doctoral dissertation. While doing some research in the Medici archives in Florence, she met Domenico Minchilli on one of her breaks. Her plan of going back to the States to teach art history was placed on the sideline. She candidly admitted in an interview that he won her over with a "Trippa panini," or tripe sandwich.
The two went on to marry and have two daughters, Sophie and Emma. Along with their dog, Chester, they live in a farmhouse restored by her husband in Umbria and a rooftop apartment in Rome. In 1988, she found a writing gig and has kept going ever since. She has contributed to newspapers and magazines such as "Architectural Digest," "The World of Interiors," "Art and Antiques," "Bon Appetit," "Food and Wine," "Town and Country," and "Veranda." Over the course of her writing career, she has covered architecture, design, food, and travel.
In 2009, she started her blog after publishers suggested that she get up to date with social media. While it initially covered design, shopping and travel, eventually food became her main topic. She generally covers restaurants, recipes, and things to do in Italy. The blog also includes events, food workshops, itineraries, and even dinners hosted by the author herself.
The blog also led her into the business of personalized food tours, where she shares her in-depth knowledge and passion for Rome, its food traditions, as well as the best stops and activities in various neighborhoods. She offers private tours as well as small group tours led by her daughter, Sophie. Part of her tour business includes custom itineraries and consulting, where she often takes restaurant owners and chefs around to do research aimed at broadening their culinary repertoires.
Elizabeth also authored a best-selling app called Eat Italy. It compiles all her knowledge accumulated over years of eating and living in the country, and is constantly updated. It guides foodies around Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, and Umbria. While it does not include all restaurants in Italy, it does cover the author's favorite places, including wine bars, coffee bars, bakeries, kitchen stores, and select hotels.
She has published books that provide an intimate view on subjects like the city of Rome, Tuscan homes, the lakes of Northern Italy, ceramics from Deruta, a guide to Italian home restoration, her personal story on life in Rome, and the different regional food cultures.