La Buona Tavola

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...
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...
Mostaccioli: the Calabrese Gingerbread

Mostaccioli: The Calabrese Christmas Gingerbread

Here in our home, one of our Christmas traditions is making gingerbread cookies and one gingerbread house each year. I often wondered if there is...
Stack of Pizzelle, a traditional dessert or cake from Abruzzo, a region in the southern-center Italy. This type of dessert is a leavened batter or dough cooked between two plates, partially like the well-known waffle— Photo by Giakita

Pizzelle, the Italian way for waffle cookies

Christmas is on its way, and it’s time for pizzelle - “little pizzas.” Italy’s crisp waffle cookies have many regional names, nevole, ciarancelle and...
Frappe with Powdered Sugar. | Copyright Nathan Hoyt/Forktales 2015

For Christmas: Angels’ Wings On A Platter

Many holiday foods, sweets in particular, are imbued with symbolic meaning, making anyone preparing them feel a connection to his or her tribe or...
Pomegranate Lemon Chicken. Photo by laperla_foto

The Glorious Festive Pomegranate

The glorious pomegranate has only recently gained in popularity on our winter tables. Many are, at a minimum unsure how to peel the cute little fruit...
Panforte from Siena

Italian Christmas Delicacy: Panforte di Siena from Tuscany

Panforte is a typical dessert originally from Siena, Toscana region. It’s a type of spiced bread that can be enjoyed all year long, but especially...
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...
Prosecco cocktail with Cappelletti

A Late Night Nibble

What to eat before Midnight mass? On Christmas Eve that is always the question in our house. We’ve eaten a big feast just hours before, but by the...

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