La Buona Tavola

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...

Pizza Pascalina, a slice of health

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food: it’s filling, it’s versatile, it’s perfect for sharing but also great to have on your own. A night on front of...

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...

From the orchard to the table, summer in jar: la giardiniera

Summer gives us large quantities of marvelous fresh vegetables , but what about the winter ? As the saying goes , necessity is mother of all...

A cheese lover's dream: Burrata

Burrata was born in Apulia, more precisely in Andria, almost by chance: and thanks for that ! Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese that's very similar...

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...

Mary Taylor Simeti, grande dame of Sicilian culinary culture

“Sicilian novels and memoirs that speak of food are more important to me than cookbooks,” says Mary Taylor Simeti, a grande dame of the vibrant...

Italy’s summer favorite: spaghetti con le vongole

With the arrival of summer in Italy, it’s definitely time to think about the pasta recipes that are celebrated during this holiday season. My all...

Biscotti or Cantucci di Prato?

The difference is tiny, yet it cannot be overlooked… “A sliced cookie, made with fine flour, sugar and egg whites:” this is the definition given by...