“Looking back, I can see I was living life through gritted teeth. I had been for ages.”

Addolorata Martinelli knows she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted – her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing? Then when her restaurant, Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises she’s lost the one thing she thought she could always count on, her love of food.

So Addolorata heads to Venice for a summer alone, aiming to spend her time compiling a list of the ten things that truly make her happy. She hopes her list will change her life. But in the maze of Venice’s canals there are surprises in store.

“The cool, reflective tone of this book gives it backbone, while the informed, authentic descriptions of Venice and Italian food provide the treats Pellegrino fans have come to expect.”

– NZ Listener

“Nicky Pellegrino indulges her love of Italy in this flirtatious summertime dance through Venice.”

– Australian Woman’s Weekly