Food

Agnolotti are Piemonte’s best comfort food: warm, filling, tasty, they are so quintessentially Piedmontese they are part of the region’s official list of traditional products (P.A.T.).  Reassuring in their ubiquitous presence on Piemonte’s festive table, they are today  declined in …

It is true: gnocchi alla Romana are a delicious comfort food. Warm, creamy, decadent, yet simple and traditional, they originate from the region of Lazio, as their name betrays, but they are today popular across the country. They are special, …

Sfincione is Sicily’s own version of pizza al taglio, the  South’s answer to Liguria’s sardenaira and, let me tell  you, a delicacy  that should be  way more popular across the country than it is. Yes, because  while it enjoys cult-status …

The sartù di  riso  is one of Naples’ traditional dishes for Christmas: it’s a deliciously rich mix of rice, meat, cheeses and peas, baked and served in slices. As it often happens in our cuisine,  the  sartù has an interesting …

Who says that good food must be complicated to make, or  that it has to take loads of time to prepare? There is a lot to learn from the way our grandmothers used to cook: it may  have  been a …

Valtellina is a beautiful alpine area in the Sondrio province of Lombardia. You may think not to know it, but you’re certainly familiar with places like Bormio and Livigno, famous for their ski resorts and picturesque views; truth is, Valtellina …

Does your town have a patron saint? My hometown, Perugia is well protected from evil, as we have three: San Lorenzo, Sant’Ercolano and San Costanzo. San Lorenzo is the most famous. One of the Seven Deacons of Rome, and therefore …

If we were to find a good Cinderella story in the world of spirits (of the liquid sort), grappa might just be the one the slipper fits. Thought of for centuries as the poor man’s drink, the 20th century has …

As we enter into late summer, it’s once again the traditional time of year for putting up the season’s bountiful vegetables for enjoyment in the colder weather months. Some vegetables, like tomatoes, take to straight up canning. They are briefly …

The fact it became popular doesn’t mean  that Halloween belongs to Italy. Children love it, of course, because they got used to trick or treating very quickly — who wouldn’t get used to the idea of going around town in …