Maria Grazia Stranieri, who was born in Italy, is a graduate of the Connecticut Culinary Institute and went on to become a hospitality consultant. She also founded the Spesa Restaurant in Bristol, Connecticut, as a new concept for Italian takeout. She has taught Italian culinary courses for years; today she is also a personal chef. Visit the author at chefmaria.com.
Dana Devine O’Malley is a freelance photographer and photo editor. Visit her at danadevineomalley.com.