Friday, 9 October 2020

Lavazza inspired Pumpkin Tiramisu


In Canada we are getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday!  In anticipation of the event, I have partnered with Lavazza Canada (AD) to bring you a fun twist on the classic tiramisu! With its rich flavours and individual portion sizes, this recipe is perfect, and safe, for your Thanksgiving meal! 

 See the full recipe below, as well as a video with step by step instructions: 

•Combine the following in a bowl:

1/3 cup of sugar

1 cup of whipping cream

Mix on high until well blended and peaks form.

•In a separate bowl combine:

1 cup of mascarpone

2/3 cup of pumpkin puree

1 egg yolk

1/8 of cinnamon

1/8 of nutmeg

Mix on high until well blended. 

•Combine the two mixtures and put aside.

•Cut 10-15 ladyfinger biscuits in half 

•Prepare about two cups of @lavazzaca Espresso Italiano, and allow to cool

•Lightly dip one half of the ladyfinger cookie into the espresso, then place into the cup

•Place a dollop of the mixture into the cup

onto the cookie. 

•Repeat this process one or two more times, until the cup is filled to your liking. 

•Top with cocoa powder and serve! 

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Dolce Vita Mercato - Fall Edition


After a successful mercato this past summer, Viva la Dolce is proud to present the Dolce Vita Mercato - Fall Edition!  Join us on October 29th - 31st for a unique wine tasting with celebrity wine expert, Angela Aiello (@superwinegirl); fun shopping with Italian imported or inspired items; breathtaking virtual tours of Italy and more!

With travel plans still on hold, this is one of the best ways to experience Italian culture and indulge in "la dolce vita"!  Don't miss it!

Follow along on Instagram @dolcevitamercato and visit for further details!

Tuesday, 4 August 2020


So excited to announce this new series created by Jenny Arena from Fables and Focaccia and I!

Throughout the month of August, Jenny and I will be highlighting Tuscan cuisine and language through out "Language and Linguini" virtual classes! Each Wednesday, Jenny will be teaching how to make an authentic dish from the Toscana region, while I will be teaching cuisine related aspects of the Italian language.  Each week will cover a specific part of the meal (ie. primo, secondo, etc.), so that at the end of the month, you will be able to cook a full Tuscan dinner, and of course, speak to your dinner guests in Italian!

Class offering are flexible - you can join in on one class or all four! Each class includes an e-booklet complete with language activities and the recipe being featured.

Follow along on Instgram @vldolce or @foodfables for further details! 

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Take the kids on a "Trip Around the World"

With the summer upon us, and no travel plans in sight, it's time to get a little creative regarding ways to travel!

I recently had the pleasure of sharing a few ideas on City TV's Breakfast Television Toronto on how to "travel" with kids using various activities.  These ideas offer a great way to explore new languages, foods and landmarks while remaining in the safety and comfort of your home!

Check out the list below for more details on these fun and educational ideas:

1. "Ticket to Ride Board" Game - This game teaches about various landmarks in a certain country or continent (depending on the version bought) while players try to claim train routes around the board.  

2. Sticker Books - The books featured on the show included a "Flags Around the World" book and a "Travel Activity Book."  These books offer opportunities to learn about language, cultural customs and flags of different counties, all the while having fun with stickers - something that many kids love!

3. Languages and Movies - Many children love their screen time; while screen time is ok in limited doses, it's always best to try and make it as educational as possible.  One idea is to change the language settings of your child's favourite movie as a way to introduce new words and phrases in your language of choice.  By choosing a favourite film, your child will be familiar with the storyline and can concentrate morso on the language being learned.

4. Food - A great way to introduce culture is through food!  Have children learn from grandparents, or other family and friends, who can offer lessons on new dishes.  As they make the dish together, they can discuss it's origins, and the role it plays in the culture being studied.


Tuesday, 30 June 2020


This Italian Heritage Month, on June 27th and 28th, I had the pleasure of organizing and hosting the Dolce Vita Mercato - the first ever virtual Italian-inspired market!  

Due to the pandemic, many Italian heritage celebrations had to unfortunately be cancelled.  Thus, I figured, why not bring the celebration online? Seeing as many were also going to miss their beloved Italian summer vacations due to travel restrictions, I asked myself, "how we can bring Italy to us?," and so the Dolce Vita Mercato was born!

The event included various aspects including: Italian-inspired shopping; live music from local Italian artists; cultural workshops that explored Italian cuisine, language and speciality cocktail; virtual tours of the Amalfi Coast and Sicily; and a Fashion show for the latest in European children's wear.

It was a delightful "dolce vita" weekend! It was truly an honour to organize something that I am passionate about, but more importantly, to pay tribute to my Italian heritage in a fun and creative way. I was very pleased to receive positive feedback from many, and look forward to creating more Italian-inspired events for you all in the future!

Lastly, but not least, I recognize the privilege of being able to celebrate my culture and receive such a positive response.  I believe that all races and ethnicities are equally valuable and that they should all be respected and celebrated.  As such, I decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to the Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society, which helps to promote inclusivity, respect and understanding of all groups.

For a full list of all the vendors, artists, and organizations involved in the event, please visit

Check out the videos below for a closer look at the event, along with a delicious lemon granita recipe!

Sunday, 17 May 2020


Happy long weekend everyone!

While this year's Victoria Day festivities may be quite different than years past, it doesn't mean we still can't celebrate and have fun, right?

As always our May long weekend plans include great food and drink, great company and of course fireworks!  In regards to the first category, I am super excited to share a yummy new drink with my family - a chocolate whipped latte!   Actually, not only am I excited to share this with my family, but I am thankful that I was able to share it with a larger audience as well, as it was featured on Global News Weekend with hosts Aalia Adam and Mike Arsenault this holiday weekend.  

This drink, which was inspired by the original version seen on the Instagram account, @sweetportfolio, includes some fun little Italian twists such as biscotto bits, latte style frothed milk and espresso!

Check out the fun video below on how to make this super easy and super delicious drink!

Chocolate Whipped Latte


1 tablespoon of chocolate hazelnut spread
1/3 cup of whipping cream
1 cup of cold milk (can also use frothed milk, or espresso)
crushed chocolate bits 

1. Combine the chocolate hazelnut spread and the whipping cream
2. Stir vigorously for about 2-3 minutes, until the mixture forms nice whipped peaks
3. Top the whipped chocolate onto the cold milk (keep in mind you can add the whip to any drink of your choice; ie. warm frothed milk, coffee, etc.)
4. Line the rim of the glass with some of the chocolate hazelnut spread and then biscotto (cookie) bits!  Feel free to also sprinkle some of the cookie bits on top of the drink for some extra crunch!  
5. Enjoy! :)


Friday, 8 May 2020


Mother's Day is a couple of days away and you find yourself still scratching your head for the perfect gift this point it's too late to order anything and you're feeling stuck.  Don't worry, Viva la Dolce has you covered! 

With Covid-19 and everyone under quarantine, the usual go-tos are off limits, such as salon gift cards, spa dates, and restaurant outings. Moreover, with social distancing rules in effect, many families are separated.  As a result, many mothers are going to appreciate something that will help them feel closer to their loved ones.

Check out the list below for five ideas that will help do just that.  The best part is most of the ideas require items you already have at home!

* PICTURE COLLAGE : Gather pictures of favourite memories and arrange them onto a poster or onto a virtual canvas.  This will help mom to remember wonderful family moments together and act as a way to still see everyone while social distancing.  

* PUT ON A SHOW : Gather family together and create a fun dance or song, or perform a favourite!  If your family celebrates cultural dances, this is the time to let mom see that you know how to carry on those traditions.  This one is especially great if there are little kids in the family - they always put on a great show!

* SHOW OFF YOUR COOKING SKILLS : Surprise mom by cooking her favourite meal, or better yet a meal she has been trying to teach you!  Show her that you do pay attention to her efforts ;)

* CREATE A HOME SPA : Since your mom can't get to the spa, why not create some great face masks or body scrubs that she can use at home.  There are various sites online with great recipes for hair, facial and body care!

* HER FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES : Spend some time this Mother's Day with your mom doing some of her favourite activities.  Does she like gardening?  Help her plant!  Does she enjoy baking?  Help her with the recipe!  Does she enjoy organizing and cleaning?  Help her in any way that will make it easier for her to get the job done!  Even if her interests do not exactly align with your own, join her anyway.  This Mother's Day it's all about her.


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