Food

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...
 Mantua's Tortelli di Zucca. Photo by marcomayer

Mantua, European capital of gastronomy 2017

C ombining simple, local ingredients with tradition, a dash of history and never-ending love Mantuan cuisine is known as the food of princes and...
Carnival of Venice, beautiful masks at St. Mark's Square — Photo by lachris77

The Language of Carnevale

For centuries the pre-Lent festivities of carnevale sumptuously celebrated carne, a word that translates as both "meat' and "flesh," in every sense...

Best Markets in Italy: Il Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio

If you ever find yourself in need of an espresso, a panino (a sandwich), pane or dolci (bread or sweets), or simply good company and a fun outing,...
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...
The brazadèla is  eaten usually for breakfast with milk or, after dinner, with a good glass of red wine

A Slice of the Past: An Italian American Cook-in Brings Childhood Memories to Life

Everyone has favorite childhood memories, and one of mine is of the lovingly prepared food whose aromas filled the air of my old neighborhood in the...
Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup

Detox with Fennel Italian-Style

With the holidays behind us, many of us have gone a bit overboard with the continual stream of cakes, cookies, libations and heavy meals. If you are...
Chef Enzo Lanzadoro and his wife, Linh opened Enzo's in 2010

Dining in Puglia on Alberta Street

Portland has no shortage of good international restaurants - whatever you are hungry for you will likely find it somewhere. Northeast Alberta Street...
 Elisabetta Ciardullo, president of Think Italian! Events - Photo by Pina Di Cola

Think Italian! Events Brings LA’s Top Chefs into Your Home

Listening to Elisabetta Ciardullo’s first experience in the US, I couldn’t help thinking about the fictional nanny Mary Poppins. Just as the British...
Chef Lidia Bastianich

A Tavola with Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the renowned chef, restaurateur, author, television personality and pioneer who introduced and educated Americans to...
Pork sausages atop braised lentils. | Copyright Nathan Hoyt/Forktales 2016 

For New Year’s: Lentils For Luck and Pork For Plenty, Infused With Holy Oil

Lentils and pork sausages, the first to represent coins, the second for abundance, served up together, has long been considered an auspicious dish...
Panettone, a cake living between history and legend which has lovers and detractors, but never fails to appear on Italian tables during this time of the year

The – buttery and delicious – history of panettone, Italy’s own Christmas cake

A Christmas without panettone is barely a Christmas in Italy: loathed or loved, the Milanese born sweet loaf is something everyone has in the kitchen...

New Year Traditions in Italy

From scarlet undies to pig’s trotters, fireworks to fearless bridge divers or tombola to fat ox parades, Italians love to celebrate the New Year with...
The Italian Christmas Eve dinner of seven fishes is a most interesting link to Dies Natalis Sol Invictus, the birthday of the sun

The Italian Roots of a Merry Christmas

Decking the halls with boughs of holly, wreaths, lights, the Yule log, gifts, feasts, peace on earth, good will towards men, the Nativity Scene (...
Sicilian sweet with dried figs and pastry on the Christmas table— Photo by al1962

Italian Christmas Delicacy: Buccellato from Sicily

This typical delicacy from Sicily is called in the local dialect Cuccidati. It is a fig-stuffed cookie traditionally served during Christmas holidays...

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