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From Italy with love

Although Safija wrote about her many journeys with excitement and in great detail, there was very little recorded about her first trip to Italy. A few postcards sent to her nieces, two or three sentences in the diary dated 12 October 1924, short letter to Johan in which she recalls the first moment she saw him, and half page of a stationary from the hotel in the Tuscan Grosseto and in hurried handwriting – a recipe for fried zucchini with mozzarella, fresh tomato and Grana Padano. This dish is still on the menu today, called “From Italy with love”.

Years later she happily and often returned to Italy.

“Gastronomic diversity of this country is fascinating,” reads one of her diary entries from early thirties of the 20th century. “However, it is far more regionalized than it appears at first. Each province bears at least one, authenitic delicious surprise. The best olive oil I have ever tasted was in Tuscany, balsamic vinegar from Emilia Romagna is unrivaled, and the pesto of Liguria and Genoa I would recognize among ten others, just by its scent. Perfection!”.
It is little known that the first truffle brought to Sarajevo was a white one from the Italian region of Piedmont and that it was Safija who brought it, carefully wrapped in a handkerchief. She often brought wines from her travels, usually Ligurian whites Vermentino and Pigato, but also fragrant, heavy Barolo or airy Chianti.

Almost a hundred years later there is a photo on the wall of one of the rooms. Safija in her thirties, in the garden somewhere in the south of Italy. On the back of this photo there is a sentence, decisively written and twice underlined: “A tavola non si invecchia.”
One does not get older at the table.

You would agree that we do not have any reason to doubt this sentence.