Lucy Gordan-Rastelli

member for over 20 years

Member Since:
Feb 1997

www.lucygordan.com. Food, travel, and culture journalist: European Bureau Chief for Epicurean-Traveler.com; regular contributor to German Life; contributing editor to KMT, a modern journal of ancient Egypt; culture editor for Inside the Vatican; and inviata speciale or roving correspondent for La Madia Travelfood. As culture editor of Inside the Vatican I write a monthly column called "Of Books, Art, and People", a travel column called "Of Shrines and Sacred Places" and under the pseudonym of "Mother Martha" a monthly food and travel column called "Food for Thought". In 2006 winner of Heidelberg Club International's Mark Twain Travel journalism Award. In June 2011 winner of the Croatian National Tourist Organization's award, the "Ztalana Penkala" or "Golden Pen" top journalistic award for the best article about Croatia published in the USA in 2010. 

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Published Articles (38)

Epiphany in Italy: Befana is the Real Santa


The Befana’s story and where is celebrated in Italy

Holy Cow! The Holy See is Renting to McDonald’s and The Hard Rock Café


An international scandal!

“Panettone: Italy’s Ubiquitous Christmas Cake”


The legends and facts about panettone and where to buy yours.

Rome’s Non-Catholic Cemetery Turns 300 Years Old


The burial place of Keats, Shelley’s heart, Goethe’s son, Gogol, Richard Henry Dana, to name a few

Wild Capers of the Vatican


In Italy the best wild capers are found in Sicily. They mostly grow in old walls even in the Vatican

A French Oasis in Baden-Baden With One Michelin Star


An Alsatian couple, he the chef, she the sommelier, own splendid restaurant in Baden-Baden

Help Rebuild the Birthplace of Spaghetti all’Amatriciana


On August 23 a severe earthquake hit central Italy and destroyed the town of Amatrice, the birthplace of this world famous pasta dish

Caffé Sant’Eustachio and Tazza D’Oro: Rome’s Best Coffee


Where to drink the best coffee in the Eternal City

FAO Honors Slow Food President Carlo Pertini


UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization honors Carlo Pertini the founder and president of the Slow Food movement

“‘L’Orto di Maramao: A ‘rural’ Oasis in Central Rome


It’s hard to find a soup and salad bar in central Rome. Try this special one.

Arnold Pannartz and Konrad Sweynheim: Bringing Gutenberg to Italy


Two German itinerant printers bring Gutenberg’s invention to Italy, first to Subiaco and then to Rome

Basta Pizza e Pasta: Rome’s Best non-Italian Restaurants


As the title says, recommendations in Rome which don’t serve Italian cuisine

January 21: Wine News from Vatican City and Rome


Niko Romito: La Cucina etica dell’unico chef a sud di Roma con 3 stelle Michelin


An interview with Niko Romito, the only chef south of Rome to have 3 Michelin stars

New ‘Tower’ Built at North American College


Want a Cheap room Near the Vatican? Try Via Monte del Gallo


Five the-price-is-right hotels all on one street

Update on Papal Gastromony


What Pope Francis Ate in The Philippines

January 21: Wine News from Vatican City and Rome


The Pizza Connection


A history of pizza and where to eat the best pizzas in Naples and Rome

Saint Francis Visits New York


Manuscripts from the time of St. Francis of Assisi travel outside of Italy for the first time ever

Traveling to Tuscany?


How to plan your trip in Tuscany

Gaston Acurio: Worldwide Ambassador of Peruvian Cuisine


Interview with Acurio

Niko Romito: Italy’s Only Chef South of Rome with 3 Michelin Stars


An interview with Romito

Papal Gastronomy Since St. Peter


What the popes ate or didn’t eat since St. Peter

Heinz Beck: My Twenty Years at La Pergola


Heinz Beck: Rome’s Only Chef with 3 Michelin Stars


An interview with Heinz Beck about this concern for top-quality, but healthy food

Sacred Splendor: Treasrues of the Palazzo Pitti’s Chapel of Relics


Papal Gastronomy Since St. Peter


How the Counter-Reformation Popes Brought New Hope


Hotel Capo D’Afirca


profile of a hotel between the Colosseum and St. John in Lateran

Niko Romito: La Cucina etica dell’unico chef a sud di Roma con 3 stelle Michelin


I have also interviewed other chefs this year for La Madia Travelfood: Acurio, Beck,as well as Paolo Marchi, founder of Identita Golose and author/illustrator Gianluca Biscalchin.

How God’s Word Spread Geogrpahically


A History of how God’s Word Spread Geographically and even to the moon

Palazzo Cardinal Cesi: In the Heart of Christendom


A hotel in a Renaissance Palace a block from St. Peter’s Square

Residenza Paolo VI: At the Very Heart of Christendom


The hotel closest to St. Peter’s

The Vatican Library Apostolic Library Going Ever More Public


The Vatican Library is digitizing its many thousand manuscripts

“Once in a Lifetime”-A Unique Exhibition


An exhibition of books through the ages from several different libraries in Florence

Hotel Michelngelo


“Il Cantico”-A Welcoming Oasis in Rome


Once a convent now a hotel with an excellent restaurant and a lovely garden owned by the Franciscan Order