Serena’s passion for food was born in the kitchen with her Grandad in Italy. At the age of five, she dissed the toy oven powered by a light bulb for the grown up version. Since then she’s lived in Belgium, Morocco, the U.S., London and currently Singapore, always carrying some extra virgin olive oil in her luggage. Chilli addict, pan-Asian food lover, Serena dislikes diets and queuing for restaurants. A digital marketer and PM by day, blogger by night, she curates the LoveAbruzzo”website about her Italian homeland and is starting Orientespresso, a new project on East/West food & travel.

The age-old Italian expression isn't a relic of Mediterranean past, it's as relevant today as ever, writes Serena Mariani.

Can food eaten at thirty thousand feet taste, or even look, any good?