joseph becci

Pesce crudo, Italian sashimi, Italian food, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Pesce crudo – Don’t call it Italian sashimi!

Pesce crudo (Italian for “raw fish”) and Japanese sashimi both rely on ultra-fresh seafood, but that’s where the similarities end. Italians near the...
Paccheri stuffed with swordfish, kale and mushroom

Paccheri stuffed with swordfish, kale and mushroom

Paccheri is a pasta shape that is all the rage in the US at the moment. It’s been in several cooking magazines of late, mentioned on blogs and...
Oxtail ragù with semolina gnocchi, Roman cuisine, Italian food, Italian tradition, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Oxtail ragù with semolina gnocchi

Oxtail ragù is a speciality dish of Rome and is frequently paired with semolina gnocchi, also a Roman speciality. Italians use the word “coda”, which...
Rigatoni alla Carbonara, Pasta,italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Rigatoni alla Carbonara on the Isola Tiberina in Rome

There is great controversy over the origins of “ carbonara ” dishes in Italy. They range from a dish made by Italian charcoal workers’ wives inspired...
Abbacchio alla Romana, Baby lamb Roman-style,  italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Abbacchio alla Romana (Baby lamb Roman-style)

When I was recently in Rome, I enjoyed a plate of “ abbacchio alla romana ” at Da Bucatino ( www.bucatino.com ), a restaurant just downstairs from...
Pasta con le Sarde

A classic Sicilian flavor: Pasta con le sarde

Nothing is more Sicilian than pasta con le sarde. Fennel and sardines are so plentiful in Sicily that this dish jumps right out of nature. And when...
Southern Italian Seafood Salad

Southern Italian Seafood Salad

Seafood salad is served all over Italy: anywhere near the sea and with ready access to seafood, which is most of the country. This is also a...
Risotto from the sea and mountains – Risotto mari e monti

Risotto from the sea and mountains – Risotto mari e monti

Friuli-Venezia Giulia (FVG) is notable for stretching from lagoons to the south to snow caped mountains in the north and plains and forests in...

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