Summertime in the Mediterranean brings back so many memories from when I was young. The freshest seafood prepared simply and elegantly. Not a long time ago at the fish market, I saw these beautiful squid and thought about creating a recipe that mixed up many regions and flavors from Italy: from Tuscany, handmade Strozzapreti pasta, which translated […]
Fresh pasta is probably the most important ingredient in Italian cuisine, and is actually much easier to make than most people think. I want to share with you the basics of making the perfect pasta dough, which you can translate into so many shapes and sizes (check out our guide). Bologna is the city in Italy that […]
This dish is one of the most iconic recipes from Bologna. I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to create a traditional meal from scratch, that took me back to my time in Bologna. I decided to make this popular dish following the exact recipe, so I made the pasta dough, rolled it with a pasta […]
Italians love artichokes. Throughout Italy, there are so many dishes with artichokes and they vary by region. You can find the famous Roman artichokes deliciously prepared in the Jewish Ghetto in Rome and you can find beautiful violet ones in Sicily. Just like in Italy’s famous outdoor markets, you can find them fresh in the […]
Potato and onion frittata is a delicious and rustic Italian recipe made with creamy potatoes, sweet caramelized onions and fluffy eggs, that is so easy to prepare. Serve it as a weekend brunch dish with a fresh green salad and a glass of Prosecco, or in a smaller portion as an appetizer for a cocktail […]
Lobster ravioli is my favorite all-time recipe. Any ravioli dish is pretty special, little hand made pasta pillows filled with delicious filling, but when filled with fresh lobster, they become the most elegant and luscious dish. My family used to own a restaurant in Italy, named after my Bisnonno’s (great-great-grandfather) nickname, and we served the […]
While Panini in the US refers to any press-grilled sandwich, in Italy, Panino refers to any sandwich. You can usually get your panino at the grocery store, in the meat and cheese section. Choose the type of meat, cheese, and any other ingredients you want to add to your panino and voilà, you have an Italian panino!
COFFEE LEGENDS AND HISTORY Legend has it that 1,200 years ago, Kaldi, an Abyssinian goatherd, discovered coffee berries in a forest in Ethiopia’s south-western highlands and tasted them. He loved the feel-good effect that followed & took them to a nearby monastery where he gave the head monk a handful of berries & told him about their miraculous effect. The […]
I have been to Tuscany several times during my childhood. However, I don’t remember much about those trips, but each time I’m Florence I remember a particular meal I had with my parents. Because it was an outstanding piece of meat – rich, tasty with meat so tender that you could cut it with a spoon! […]
Street markets all over the world have always been that one place where locals gather to share life and experiences. They also provide the perfect opportunity for the tourist who wants to experience the real flavor and ambiance of the country. They are much more than just a way to get groceries, markets represent and […]
A classic Roman recipe, a first dish representation and celebration of Italian cuisine based on bucatini, tomato, guanciale and pecorino cheese. The interpretations of the original recipe are varied but mainly involve different proportions between these four main ingredients. Pasta all’amatriciana is simple to make, delicious and easy enough that anyone can do it and […]
A crisp golden sphere, whose core is made of a tasty olive covered with a shell of meat and scents. The olive ascolana, a typical street-food of the Marche region, hides a truly intriguing story. Let’s find out together the truly fascinating origin of the Ascolane Olive Recipe. ASCOLANA OLIVES THROUGH THE AGES […]
Ask anyone passionate about Calabrian food, what color springs to mind, and almost without fail the answer will be red. Bright and voracious red is the signature color of Calabrian cuisine. Chili peppers, ‘nduja (a particularly spicy, spreadable pork salumi), and Tropea onions are the main characters of one of the most southern region of […]
Honey has been around a pretty long time, around as long as there have been bees which is older than recorded history; in 2100 BC it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings; it was mentioned in the Hittite Code and also in the sacred writings of India and Egypt. Long before that, cave […]
Christmas is over & quite a few of us are feeling a little deflated, disappointed that the period of goodwill has been & gone, a little miserable that the end of the holidays are in sight & in no mood to get back to the grindstone & real life! After an eventful 2018, many of […]
If you are looking for a soup recipe different than the most traditional Italian minestrone, then this recipe is right for you. A very healthy soup made with fresh vegetables perfect for the winter.
The most popular beverage in the world is known by everybody. You can probably find a coffee shop in every street. But have you ever wondered how many coffee types are out there? Read the article to learn more.
No doubt there’s an Italian food lover in each of our lives — but what to get them other than just the basics from your local grocer? From Italian kitchen equipment to creative books, gourmet food, and other fun trinkets, here are the 15 best gift ideas for Italian food lovers. 1. Italy Cutting Board Italian […]
This simple chicken dinner comes together quickly despite the fact that the flavorful sauce is made from scratch. In fact, it’s as simple as browning the chicken, mixing a few ingredients, and throwing the whole skillet in the oven to bake while you put your feet up. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, transfer […]
What are Lupini beans? Lupini beans are the seeds of the Lupinus albus, a plant belonging to the Leguminous family. It grows up to one meter tall and has palmate leaves. This legume has been widely known and used since ancient times in the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. In times of famine, children […]
Caponata is a Sicilian appetizer made from eggplant. Since eggplant season is almost over, I decided to share with you Nonna Sara’s recipe. Throughout Sicily, there are countless variations of Caponata. Some use octopus and seafood, other pine nuts and raisins. Nonna’s recipe adds potatoes and bell peppers, which is what I grew up on […]
Pollo alla Romana, or Roman chicken, is a wonderful, savory dish made with braised chicken and roasted peppers. A spice rub mixture of rosemary, sage, and oregano add extra flavor to the chicken itself, while tomato sauce, garlic, and white wine make up a mouth-watering sauce. This is a classic Roman dish that you will […]