Food

I was born and I grew up in one of the most picturesque corners of rural Italy. Up north, tucked away at the feet of the Alps, hills were my childhood home, mountains the first thing I’d see in the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Italy has a rich and diverse culture of bread which is not limited to pizza and focaccia or to the tasteless rolls on offer at your average trattoria. Most breads are unique to each region and sometime seasonal. Sardinia offers …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …