Perhaps it’s hard to imagine Sophia Loren in an apron in the kitchen. The world’s favorite actress-goddess is better pictured with steam rising between her and Cary Grant /Charlton Heston/Marcello Mastroianni and other assorted hunks than from a pot on the stove. Nevertheless, she should also still be remembered for her fabulous, and often simple, Italian dishes.
These days, a widow after losing her (one and only) husband Carlo Ponti, her children off with their own families, occasions for basting and roasting are rare. Some years ago, she sold her place in Thousand Oaks, a lush exurb 35 miles from Los Angeles, and moved full time to Geneva, Switzerland. This shift from country to city involved a radical change; she now lives in an apartment with her long-time assistant, who has become a virtual part of her family. Nowadays she also travels extensively.