Buon Anno a tutti i lettori di ‘Un po’ di pepe’!  Spero che quest’ anno porta salute e gioia a voi e ai vostri cari. Happy New Year readers of ‘Un po’ di pepe’.  I hope this year brings you and your loved ones joy and good health!

2016 was a great blogging year and WordPress sent me some stats.  Un po’ di pepe had almost 6,000 views from 94 different countries!  I wish I could visit them all!  Your favourite posts of 2016, based on the number of views were:

#7 My frequently requested recipe for Limoncello CheesecakeLimoncellocheesecake5#6 A visit to I Trulli di AlberobelloAlberobellobiancheria#5 Is my About me/Chi sono page, but since it is not an actual post, the #5 spot goes to one of my favourites, Benvenuti ad Orsara di Puglia, an introduction to my paeseItalia2013orsaravista1blog

#4 Grano Arso, about a resurfaced gastronomic tradition in Puglia that honours the resilience of our contadini ancestorsfarinagranoarsoorecchiette

#3 Torta Caprese all’ Arancia, the delicious flourless chocolate cake recipe I posted to celebrate receiving a Cannolo AwardTortacaprese2

#2 Terremoto in Italia-How to help.  I wrote this post in an effort to spread the word on how we could provide relief to victims of the earthquake in Central Italia in August.  It was followed by a post on Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana

Vigili del Fuoco in Amatrice-Winnipeg Free Press

Vigili del Fuoco in Amatrice-Winnipeg Free Press

#1 Your favourite post of 2016 by far was Italiano per Ristoranti-How to Pronounce your Restaurant Menù my handy Italian pronunciation guide.  This post is from June 2014, but this year, I updated it and finally made it available as a downloadable PDF.  I would like to expand on this post and make it into an ebook, once I figure out how to do that! Italiano per Ristoranti is now your favourite blog post ever, surpassing the previous favourite, Passata di Pomodoro.

Bruschetta (broo.SKET.tah)

Bruschetta (broo.SKET.tah)

You may notice that only 2 of my top 7 posts were written this year!  This is partly due to the way WordPress keeps stats.  The newest post often gets counted as a ‘Home page’ view until the next post is published. I am not sure how much this would have changed the results.

I also published a few posts this year that are were among my favourites, but did not get a lot of love!  Read about my potential new career as un falsaria d’arte, an art forger, in Madame Gautreau Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast. After John Singer Sargent. Cristina Pepe 2016Several completely random connections that I have to Margherita di Savoia make for an interesting postMargheritadisavoia2014bI thought wine was everyone’s favourite topic, but my 3 part series about the native grapes and wines of Puglia did not make the top 10. Uvadipuglia Vini di Puglia trilogy:  Vini di Puglia, Aglianico to Zibbibo, and Il Tuccanese CristinaPianoParadiso

I’d love to hear which post was your favourite.  What would you like to read more about?  Looking forward to writing more cose interresanti /interesting stuff in 2017.

Vi auguro un 2017 piena di gioia e salute!  Ciao, Cristina