EP: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you based? What do you do?

P: I’m Pia from Pasadena, where I still live, with my husband, Davide. He is from Sicily, Italy. We are both designers.

EP: What comes to mind when you think of “home cooking”? Recently, what role has cooking played in your daily routines?

P+D: It’s our life. We both grew up cooking and continue to do so every day. It makes Davide think of his momma – it’s our love language.

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EP: What’s your favorite dish to cook right now?

P: Veggies, protein, avocado.

D: Pasta alla norma!

EP: We know you’ve been cooking up a storm with your husband throughout quarantine. What has cooking together taught you about each other?

P+D: Cooking defines our relationship. He makes me slow down and shows me so much of how he grew up and his culture.

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EP: What 5 ingredients, spices, or condiments could you not live without?

P+D: Olive oil, garlic, tomato, red pepper (chili), bread (Davide), hot sauce (Pia).

EP: Do you listen to anything while you cook? If so, what’s your favorite artist, album, playlist or podcast to listen to while cooking?

P+D: Lucio Battisti

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Thank you to Dana Veraldi for capturing these beautiful images with help from Creative Producer Miles Garber & Photography Assistant David Litner. Dana Veraldi is the artist and founder of DEERDANA, a brand based in NYC most known for its t-shirts featuring hand-drawn portraits of cultural, political, and inspirational figures that have influenced the perspective and voices of generations. Her work goes beyond fashion and exhibits powerful messages through its art, such as promoting women’s rights, supporting indigenous people and endangered animals. Dana has a BA in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art. While she is most recognized for her drawings, photography, and cooking are her favorite creative outlets.

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