Food

Back in the day, one of our favorite places for a nice affordable meal close by our apartment in central Rome was Taverna Parione. Located on a small side street off tourist-mobbed piazza Navona, despite its location it was the …

I tend to shy away from making meatloaf at home. Growing up, my mother made meatloaf a lot.  In fact, she made it almost every Wednesday. Now, she was an amazing cook but truth be told, her meatloaf was simply …

The true American dream is made of a thousand stories about hard-working, committed, honest immigrants who came to the United States for different reasons and with the most diverse backgrounds, but eventually they all ended up being successful entrepreneurs who …

If you are familiar with all that’s trending on YouTube, then  you may know The Pasta Grannies, a channel with more than  400.000 subscribers where each video is  dedicated to Italian nonne and  the  way they  make traditional, delicious pasta …

As summer draws to a close, most of us have cleared out our garden beds either to let them rest for the winter months or turn them over for fall crops.  But many of us still have that one huge …

Leftover wine from that party last eve? Don’t toss it – make these simple Italian cookies instead.  I first came to learn of these wonderful little cookies during a cooking class at Locanda Demetra in Montalcino.  Leftover wine from their …

…Here it is, in all its “thickness,” the bistecca alla Fiorentina! “and you know what — they say in Florence — outside of Tuscany, they don’t even know how to cut it. It’s thin, without fillet… look at those boneless …

Baked anelletti pasta is a recipe traditional to Palermo, but it is a dish that holds a special place in the hearts of almost all Sicilians.  If you visit Palermo and you hear someone say “timballo,” then rest assured: they …

There are great love affairs that permeate the ages: Anthony and Cleopatra, Rhett and Scarlet, Samson and Delilah…Everyone and Pasta.  There’s something almost magical about digging into a heaping plate of piping hot noodles slathered in tangy red sauce…or pudgy …

I was re-arranging my pantry recently and found a package of Sardinian fregola. Memories came flooding back of my trip to this wonderful island back in 2008 and, as importantly, to the amazing food of the island.   I had …