Pizzoccheri from Valtellina

Let's learn about the Pizzocchero, the traditional pasta of these valleys. Pay a visit to the old watermill in San Rocco di Teglio which still...
Risotto with Red Radicchio at Loggia Rambaldi, Bardolino | Photo: Copyright Paolo Destefanis ( for Veneto: Authentic Recipes From Venice and The Italian Northeast, by Julia della Croce

Pink is the Color of Winter

The first snow clings to the splashes of stricken marigolds outside my kitchen window. Only yesterday, their little mop-heads bobbed undaunted,...
Vintage artwork, initial concept designed by artist Federico Seneca for Perugina in 1922. (courtesy Perugina Nestlè Italia)

Chocolate wars: what’s Italy’s real chocolate making capital?

In Italy you know Winter has finally arrived when, upon entering a café in the mid-afternoon, the comforting scent of hot chocolate and whipped cream...
Pumpkin Tiramisù

Pumpkin Tiramisu`

Tiramisu is a beloved Italian dessert. It's smooth, creamy and caffeinated so what's not to like? I love making it for holidays primarily because it'...
A food expert and a real entertainer, chef Mario Batali presented his new cookbook, Big American Cookbook. 250 favorite recipes from across the USA. Photo credit: Ken Goodman

Chef Mario Batali Entertains Audience in Pasadena

I n the evening of October 26th, multi-awarded celebrity chef Mario Batali presented and signed copies of his just released cookbook, Big American...

Italian Gourmet Food Masterclass

Tomorrow, November 18, you canlearn a lot about Italian gourmet products and Italian gastronomy and heritage at an event part of the First Italian...
Italian Restaurant Week

Movie inspired menus for the Italian Restaurant Week

From today to the 23rd of November, a series of events celebrating Italian gastronomy and heritage will be taking place in Los Angeles during the...
Pasta alla chitarra with tomatoes and garlic sauce

Cooking in Tuscany: Pasta all’Aglione

Autumn is typically one of my favorite seasons of the year, especially in Italy. A recent trip to Montalcino was glorious – the colors of the vines...
Spotlight on the First Italian Cuisine in the World in Los Angeles

Spotlight on the First Italian Cuisine in the World in Los Angeles

Amuri. The Sacred flavors of Sicily - July 19, 2016 , Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles In anticipation of the 1st Week of Italian Cuisine in...
The First Italian Cuisine in the World Week (November 15-23)

The International Week of Italian Cuisine Is Coming This November

Trade fairs, demonstrations, master-classes , workshops, films , lectures, galas and special events aimed at showcasing individual Italian...
Sicilian olive oil

Sicilian liquid gold: "You, Me & Sicily" brings us to discover olive oil

On this episode Zappala and Vajda take you to Partanna and Castelvetrano in the Province of Trapani to meet the Asaro family and visit their 100%...
One common dish shared by most regions, with regional variations, is the octopus salad

Drunken Octopus Salad – Wine-braised octopus with kale and potatoes)

Octopus is finally available again in seafood stores in Southern California. In Italy, being able to buy freshly fished octopus is nearly a...
Fresh ricotta cheese

You, Me & Sicily: Raving about ricotta

In this episode of "You, Me & Sicily" Alfred Zappala and Eszter Vajda show us how fresh ricotta is made in Sicily.
Pizza with pork sausage and rapini. | Photo: Copyright Nathan Hoyt, 2016

How About Some Super Healthy Greens on That Pizza Pie?

It’s hard to beat a well-made pizza margherita whose colors are the very symbol of Italy, but in the cool of autumn, I find myself craving a more...

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