The 2014 edition of My Big Fat Italian Holiday Season (BFIHS) with la famiglia officially got underway on Sunday at Ristorante Crichelon in Valmarana, up in the hills just outside Vicenza in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy.

My Big Fat Italian Holiday Season | ©thepalladiantraveler.comA plethora of mouth-watering, regional dishes — from fresh, homemade pastas, to an assortment of grilled meats with savory side dishes — were plated before us.

Unfortunately, I got caught up in the moment and forgot to frame all of the desserts. Suffice it to say, they were simply delish.

Care for a virtual taste of what I did frame?

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My Big Fat Italian Holiday Season | ©thepalladiantraveler.comKeep it here as I chronicle all of the dishes that’ll be prepped, plated and consumed, along with all of the wines  — red, white and bubbly — that’ll be uncorked and drunk, by my family and friends, both big and small, over the course of the 2014 edition of MBFIHS.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year).

Oh, and buon appetito!

©The Palladian Traveler

My Big Fat Italian Holiday Season | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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