Travel writer and essayist Maria Olia came to Boston to attend Northeastern University more than 35 years ago — and still loves the city just as much now as she did back then.

When she is not writing, Maria can be found exploring Boston and Cambridge. Besides New England, her favorite travel destination is Italy. She lives with her husband in Newton, just outside of Boston where they raised their three sons and daughter.

As a result of reviewing and writing about so many restaurants, Maria has a passion for good food and wine. She also loves to share her cooking and baking with her adult children at Sunday dinner. And to compensate for her foodie tendencies, Maria is an avid walker.

Maria has a passion for American history, Cape Cod beaches, the Boston Symphony and the Red Sox. She will always call Massachusetts home.