I am one of the best cooks I know but when it comes to bread I can not succeed.
I need a recipe that is fail proof for an 'Italian' style loaf, please.
Technique is everything when making bread. There are millions of recipes that are almost identical for Italian bread. Use the search box on this site (top left) and type in "italian bread recipe" and pick one you like. Find one with good description of the steps and what the dough should be like at each step.
And welcome to TFL. Since you hale from NW Montana, you might want to check out The Back Home Bakery whenever you are in Kalispell next. Mark Sinclair, whose TFL handle is mcs, runs it out of his home there. Great stuff!