La Buona Tavola

This simple and quick fish recipe is a classic in southern Italy and Sicily

Grilled Sardines with Hot Pepper Dressing

Grilled sardines with a hot pepper dressing make for a great appetizer or a light dinner. Every time I make this recipe, I reminisce about a trip to...

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...

Grilling Italian Style: Spiedini alla Siciliana

As spring turns to summer and the days grow longer, life starts to move outdoors to take advantage of the glorious summer season. We here in America...

Spring Vegetable Risotto

I tend to get emotional in spring, especially at the farmer’s market. The colors at the market turn from the winter beiges to the vibrant glorious...
Schiacciata with meat and vegetables. Photo: Nonna’s Way

Schiacciata (ski-yah-cha-ta)

Meaning ‘squashed’ or ‘flattened’ in Italian, schiacciata is also a name given to an Italian pizza/bread that has a myriad of variations throughout...
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...

Pesky Weed or Food Treasure? Cicoria-Dandelion Greens!

When we were kids, early spring presented us with an additional family activity. After dinner was done and the kitchen was clean, my mother would...

The Recipe Hunters: Preserving the World’s Culinary Heritage, One Country and One Recipe at a Time

From Italy and Spain to Egypt, Cyprus, and Korea, The Recipe Hunters have been scouring the earth in search of traditional family recipes. Harvesting...

History of Italian Cuisine... in a nutshell

We all love it and eat it, and we may even be somehow knowledgeable about how to prepare some of its most representative dishes, but what do we...

Childhood Memories: Sauces of Sicily

My maternal grandparents were born on the shores of Sicily in the little village of Santo Stefano di Camastra, a sleepy place with stunning views...
Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce spiced up with hot sausages. Photo: Nonna’s Way

Classic Potato Gnocchi

There are several variations of gnocchi, but this classic potato gnocchi is a must have in your recipe collection. A simple tomato sauce or even...

Her Majesty the Cassata: An Italian Easter Tradition

A vigorous thrust with a fork resolutely imposes on the icing to reach the body of soft ricotta cream in perfect symbiosis with the sponge cake. The...

Spring Fever at your local Farmer's Market

Spring is here, and that means sweet tender vegetables, micro greens, and a profusion of young herbs. While at my neighborhood Farmer’s Market this...
This particular recipe of Peperonata originates from an area at the very tip of Calabria, where they have an exceptionally fertile land and grow an abundant variety of fruits and vegetables.  Photo: Nonna’s Way

Peperonata - The Italian Stir-Fry

‘Peperonata’. A southern Italian mixture of peppers, eggplant, and potatoes with tomato and basil. I guess you could say it is the Italian version of...
The best harvest method, holds Mr. Lo Monaco, is the traditional one: hand-picking the olives from the plant. “It allows you to pick the fruit at the desired ripeness, in the best conditions, when it is whole, and without it touching the ground,” he explained. Photo courtesy of Azienda Agricola Lubes Maria

Apulia’s Liquid Gold: Fruity, Bitter and a Touch of Spicy

If you’ve ever visited the Apulian countryside, you’ve walked amongst the giants. The majestic ulivi secolari (centuries-old olive trees) have stood...

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