Food

Naples has her sfogliatella, the North plays with the Teutonic idea of krapfen, but Rome… Rome has the maritozzo.  You look at it and it’s perfect: golden and shiny, sliced in a half, its creamy filling perfectly levelled all at …

I could become vegetarian any moment of my life, save for a few foods which I passionately like. My mom’s stuffed involtini rolls, a slice of well-aged prosciutto di Norcia and our family’s cotolette served with a green salad and …

If you had to define Italian cuisine with one, single adjective, what would you chose? Personally, I’d go for “simple.” Simplicity is key in many of our most famous recipes, just as attention to using quality ingredients is. But I …

I consider myself privileged, as in my family we had the best of two worlds in terms of food. I was born and raised in Umbria, a region famous for superb quality ingredients such as olive oil, truffle, fabulous prosciutto …

While common beans originally come from the Americas, broad beans (fava) have been a staple of European cuisine for thousands of years. In addition to their importance as a food crop, fava beans were considered sacred in ancient Greece and …

My love for pizza fritta (fried pizza) dates back to the years of high school. One of my best friends’ dad was from Naples and he would make it quite regularly: tales about how good it was were legendary. My …

Passignano sul Trasimeno is the Portofino of Umbria, minus the glamour. A cone of gelato in your hands is practically obligatory for the ritual passeggiata along the shores of Lake Trasimeno. My fellow Perugians flock to the village on Sunday …

Roman cuisine is as iconic as the city it was born in, with many of its most typical dishes having become integral part of our national food tradition, from carbonara to pasta alla gricia, all the way to deliciously cheesy …

Eggplants are a summer staple in our home. I don’t cook eggplants in winter as they are likely to have been grown in a greenhouse, and I find them generally to be spongy and slightly bitter. Here in Umbria, field …

Together with artichokes, zucchini flowers are considered to be a great delicacy in Italy and are used in a variety of dishes. They are especially wonderful served fried or baked as an appetizer. If you have your own vegetable garden, …