Delicious and Healthy

Mary Mooney’s Trip to Italy!

At Bella Sun Luci we believe that simple, fresh ingredients are all you need for an extraordinary meal. “Il Gusto della Vita” means to “savor life the Italian way,” and at our family business we enjoy life by experiencing good food and spending time around the table with our family and friends.

While visiting Italy, I was reminded of family gatherings as child at our ranch in Sonoma.  The table would be full of fresh tomatoes from the garden, sliced and drizzled with olive oil, and served with French bread like no other I have found. A large platter of salami and cheese would be the centerpiece, with my Mom’s homemade pickled-everything in mason jars spread across the table. The adults all drank red wine, which later in life, I have become quite fond of.  Back then, conversations would linger well into the warm summer nights, just like it did on our trip to Italy. 

Our dinners typically lasted three hours, during which small courses were served in intervals.  And since our sons’ cell phones did not have service, we enjoyed the simple pleasureof conversation – truly a lost art form!  We traveled to Italy to enjoy the beautiful countryside and soak in the Ligurian Sea, but I believe it’s the Mediterranean lifestyle that will bring us back. To find out how to create a tradition around your table, visit our family website for authentic recipes at





Il Gusto della Vita!

Mary Mooney

Owner of Bella Sun Luci



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