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Ingredients for a Perfect Day – with Mary Morris

November 1, 2012 by Anna / Tags: , , , , , , , , / 3 Comments

Never happened to have a perfect day in your life? I had one and want to share the ingredients which make it happened.


  • Take 4 friends, their curiosity and their love for the simple things of life.
  • Then, take a sunny and warm day of Autumn in Genova, Italy
  • Add the best genoese pesto sauce made as tradition wants, with mortar and pestle
  • Put in a meeting with an extremely kind person as Roberto Panizza
  • Finally, add a lovely dog with a funny name.

Mix all these ingredients together and you’ll have a perfect day!


Some weeks ago, I met Paola, Nicola and Mary in Genova Piazza de Ferrari. After a weekend conference which involved many travel bloggers coming from all around the world (#TBE12), we decided to take a break and enjoy together the beautiful city of Genova.

Me, Paola and Nicola decided to take Mary, who is from New York, to have lunch at Roberto Panizza’s restaurant “Il Genovese”.

Roberto, founder of the “World Pesto Championsip” makes the best pesto you can ever try. We thought it was a must that Mary had to try before leaving for New York.

Roberto, made genoese pesto sauce with pestle and mortar at our table. We were so grateful, since it was lunch time and the restaurant was busy with clients. Anyway, the demonstration, the curiosity and the scent of the green sauce attracted other clients which were lunching. They started conversing with us and having fun. That day, in that restaurant was like we were a big family!

As suggested we tried pesto sauce with hand made potato gnocchi. Needless to say how it was delicious! We even made the famous italian “scarpertta” (which means to mop up the sauce from a plate of  food with a piece of bread) or “piccola scarpetta” as our friend Mary renamed it ;)

After this great lunch we decided to have a walk in Boccadasse. That was the perfect place to continue our wonderful afternoon. Boccadasse is such a lovely small fishing village and one of my favorite place in Genova where I love to go when I need to relax. It is like a small jewel set directly in the city.

And after that day, Boccadasse will remain in my memories not only for being a relaxing and charming place, but especially for being the frame of a perfect day lived with beautiful and simple people!

Thanks to Mary Morris (The Writer and the Wanderer) which has deeply inspired me! Paola and her funny and invented story about Boccadasse name (iLiguria), Nicola for his extremely gentleness (Liguriainside) and Brasco (Paola’s dog) which has been so patient in following four crazy friends around Genova!

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3 Responses to Ingredients for a Perfect Day – with Mary Morris

    paola November 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Una giornata davvero meravigliosa, anzi, perfetta!
    ho letto e capito tutto!

    Cacinda Maloney of November 10, 2012 at 4:58 am

    What an amazing post and amazing day you guys had without me. So sad I had to work that day in Nervi… looks like you guys had such a great time AND got to spend the day with Mary! and have homemade pesto at your table… and to top it all of with Bogadasse. I so wish I was there with you… great post of a great memory.

      Anna Merulla November 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Hi Cacinda! It was a lovely day with the guys. I’m sure there will be another occasion for you to come to Genoa. We have to meet again. It was so nice to meet you!


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