Seasonal Recipes

The thousand secrets of farro

Spelt, known to the ancient Romans as far, used to be their most common and best loved cereal up to the first republican period (509-264 BC). After,...

Meeting panettone and pandoro’s cousin: buccellato

Christmas desserts in Italy are usually always associated with panettone and pandoro, and people usually have a firm favorite of the two.  I love...

The tradition of Quinto Quarto cuisine: Trippa alla Romana

The term quinto quarto, “the fifth quarter,” refers to a type of cuisine born from poor, peasant kitchens, and the term itself originates from Rome...

The flavors of Autunno: rotolo di tacchino con frittata

As the season cycles back to Fall and the air begins to chill, the Italian table is frequently graced with delicious roasts that highlight the...

Castagnaccio: a traditional Autumn Tuscan treat

With rain forecast for the next few days, and as 1st November is a public holiday here in Italy, why not spend some time in the kitchen making a...

A sweet Italian tradition: cotognata

Cotognata is a sweet jelly made from quince and commonly known in English as quince paste. In Spain it is called membrillo. The quince is a special...

Impress the guests: timballo di riso con melanzane

Aompany coming? Impress your guests with a spectacular timballo di riso, a Sicilian dish named after the mold in which it is typically made. The...

A slice of Tuscany: schiacciata con l’uva

If there is one reason to be be excited that summer is ending, it's the appearance of freshly baked schiacciata con l'uva in the windows of local...

Who cares if they’re ugly, they’re delicious! I Brutti ma Buoni

The word biscotti in Italy refers to what Americans know as “cookies.” Many Italo-Americans use the word biscotti when they refer to a specific type...

A taste of summer: pomodori arrostiti

Finally the summer heat has yielded a delicious crop of tomatoes – plump heirloom, sweet cherry, meaty San Marzano. I wait patiently all season for...

Arancini, arancine and supplì: what’s behind a fried ball of rice?

When you travel around Italy you will quickly notice that, in every single region, there are culinary traditions locals are not only proud of, but...

Viva la Pappa al Pomodoro!

I knew I had become truly Italian once I had mastered shopping for food on a daily basis (every morning) as opposed to a large once-weekly...

The Neapolitan dessert par excellence: Rum Babbà

Symbol of Naples ’ patisserie , the babb à has very peculiar and, indeed , ancient origins ! It reached Naples from Paris, city were the chefs of...

To Your Health: Salute Rucola!

I stopped by the local farmer’s market this weekend and found myself in front of a beautiful basket of freshly picked arugula. Memories of a...

Pasta con le sarde

A traditional Sicilian pasta recipe which I absolutely adore is pasta con le sarde - pasta with sardines. If you have a keen eye though, you’ll...