Un Amico Italiano: Eat, Pray, Love in Rome

By Luca Spaghetti

"Luca Spaghetti is not just one among my favourite humans on the planet, but in addition a natural-born storyteller. . . . This [is a] fabulous book." -Elizabeth Gilbert

while Luca Spaghetti (yes, that is fairly his identify) used to be requested to teach a author named Elizabeth Gilbert round Rome, he had no concept how his lifestyles was once approximately to alter. She embraced his Roman ebullience, and Luca in flip turned her mum or dad angel, decided that his urban may support Liz out of her funk.

jam-packed with colourful anecdotes approximately nutrition, language, football, everyday life in Rome, and Luca's personal fish-out-of-water moments as a customer to the United States-and culminating with the episodes in Liz's bestselling memoir, advised from Luca's part of the table-Un Amico Italiano is a ebook that no fan of Eat, Pray, Love may want to leave out.

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