Hello, my name is Dena Fenza Williams. So nice to meet you. I was born in Brooklyn, NY to a very large Italian-American family from Naples and Calabria. From an early age, my family continued to carry on many of the traditions from Italy here in the USA. Generations later they are still very much a part of who we are as a family, and I would not trade that for the world. I am a graduate of Fordham University. As a student, I loved attending school there because not only was I close to my favorite baseball team, the Yankees, but I was walking distance from Little Italy of the Bronx. As a young college student, I loved being so close to amazing Italian restaurants, shops, and markets. I was amazed at all the fabulous Italian products I would find. I cooked all the time for my friends, roommates, and even a few Jesuit priests. After college, I taught third grade until I had children of my own. When they were young instead of going back to teaching, I began doing cooking classes and catering and working in restaurants to make an extra income. I eventually opened my own place. The restaurant was a seven-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner operation. Rather than have my then-fiance raise my 3 kids and his 2 on his own, I decided to close. I have been home with the kids ever since. In 2014, I remarried in Montalcino, Italy to my husband. We now have five children. I just purchased a home in San Giovanni D’Asso just outside of Sienna, Italy. Follow as I share my renovation story.