Booklist – February 15, 2009
“…this travel memoir delivers unadulterated joy… [Merullo’s] account of those idyllic weeks recalls Calvin Trillin in its casual tone, good humor, affable interactions with family, and everyman’s love of regional food and wine… A special travel book for a special audience.”
— Bill Ott

Publishers Weekly – February 2, 2009
“…Merullo attempts to capture the sights, smells and sounds of the Italian and Swiss countryside… he tries to incorporate the slower pace of living into his own life, but finds it almost impossible. Part travel guide, part memoir, Merullo attempts to offer meditations on the richness of a life lived more slowly with good food and good company, but succeeds at little more than his frantic attempts to find a few good golf courses far away from home.”