joseph becci

Basil and lemon infused panna cotta with strawberry sauce

Here in California the seasons are subtle; in most of Italy—though it shares with California a “Mediterranean” climate—the seasons are a bit more...
Warm Farro, Fava Bean and Pancetta Salad

Warm Farro, Fava Bean and Pancetta Salad

Spring is in full swing. Last spring, when we were in Marche, Italy, fava beans were coming into the local farm stands right about this time of year...

Torta di Pasqua

Easter is a special day for most Italian Americans invoking deep memories of family, childhood and religious obserservance. When celebrating Easter...
Fennel, pancetta and prosciutto give the lean rabbit "in porchetta" lots of extra flavor

A modern Coniglio in Porchetta

The first and only time I served a whole, intact rabbit was several years ago for Easter dinner (insert humorous comment about serving a bunny on...
Lentil soup with Castelluccio lentils. Photo credit: alisafarov

In Search of Castelluccio Lentils

While in Umbria on vacation a few years ago, we went in search of fabled Castelluccio lentils. We had seen these lentils for sale when we were...
Ribollita is a traditional Tuscan dish

Ribollita – Tuscany's Famous Bean Soup

I'll never forgot the first time I had Ribollita . It was in the speck of a hill top town called Montebenichi, Tuscany at Osteria L'Orciaia. The...
Beet Agnolotti with Ricotta Salata

Beet Agnolotti with Ricotta Salata

Growing up, beets out of a can never sold me on this oddly colored vegetable. But today, fresh beets in all colors and sizes are everywhere. You can...
Pollo in potacchio con patate

Cooking Le Marche Style: Pollo in Potacchio

Finally home from an unforgettable six weeks in Scapezzano—the small town in the Marche region of Italy where my grandfather grew up before...
Polenta with vongole

Le Marche: Polenta con le vongole

Le Marche—the region of Italy on the Adriatic Coast east of Umbria—remains largely unknown to most Americans. Europeans and South Americans know...
Arrosto d’Urbino

Arrosto d’Urbino

Marche is an underrated region of Italy; not as famous as Tuscany or Umbria, but just as beautiful, historic, and fascinating as anyplace in this...

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