Food

When tradition becomes trendy: the story of Sicily’s tumminia bread

Close your eyes and image Sicily in all its glory, some two thousand years ago. A precious stone set in the crystal blue Mediterranean, she was the...

Recipes for an early spring day: pomegranate panna cotta

The beginning of Spring leaves me craving bright, beautiful sun-filled color in every corner of my world. And my kitchen is no exception. I return...

The delicious world of Valle d’Aosta

Valle d’Aosta: “heaven for men, purgatory for women, hell for mules,” but certainly delicious for our palates! Among mountains and castles, up there...

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,...

Chiacchiere e frittelle: Carnevale’s sweet pastries par excellence

It’s coming up to Carnival time and bakeries in Italy have trays of ‘chiacchiere’ in their windows. Think a pastry that is thin, crispy, fried and...

Warm up the Winter with a delicious risotto al radicchio

In our market in Montalcino last week, the Winter array of radicchios were on full display. Tucked in alongside the Winter squashes and bright piles...

Italian Christmas cake face-off: panettone or pandoro?

You want clear lights on the tree, I think multi-colored are prettier; you prefer ham on the holiday table, I say turkey is tastier; you rock out to...

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...

Le Marche, Ascoli and the magic of Olives all’Ascolana

As big as a Robin’s egg, mildly tart with a hint of sweetness, and just-perfect chewy only begins to describe an Ascolana olive. Biting into one is a...

The Week of Italian Cuisine highlights Mediterranean diet and Apulia’s traditional food

The Mediterranean Diet as a model of proper eating, as a balanced and sustainable lifestyle for both health and environment, was the main topic of...

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...

Third Annual Week of Italian Cuisine in San Francisco

San Francisco welcomes Puglia’s culinary traditions and one of its best representatives, Chef Cicorella, during the Third Annual Week of Italian...

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...

Superstar chef Massimo Bottura: knowing the past to shape the future of Italian cuisine

A slice of cod placed on julienne-sliced vegetables, served in a squid ink broth and topped with a sprinkling of powdered seaweed and sea urchins...

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