Seasonal Recipes

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...

A stranger among us: bergamot

Calabria, more specifically the area of Rada dei Giunchi, holds the world record for the production of bergamot . Here, a temperate- tropical and...

Kick your canned tuna up a notch: pasta with roasted cauliflower and tuna

Italians are one of the largest consumers of canned tuna in the world and for good reason. Italian oil-packed tuna (tonno) is a flavor packed treat...

Hot! Hotter! Soft ‘nduja, the soft Calabria salami

Between green mountains and crystal clear sea, the region of Calabria offers a plethora of unique delicacies, including ‘nduja, a curious spreadable...

Beer, the world’s bubbliest blonde, is more than 5000 years old

The history of beer is ancient and its invention may well be considered fortuitous, if we take into account that basically every type of sugar-...

Eat your piselli (and other Spring veggies too)!

There is finally a hint of spring in the air on the East Coast after a very chilly, snowy March. The air is still unseasonably cool but you can feel...

Asparagus season is just around the corner!

So you may read this and, like my husband, wonder what would possess someone to roam ditches and pastures for asparagus when you can find locally...

Struffoli and a little trip down memory lane

Have you ever heard of “struffoli?” They are deep fried morsels of dough that expand as they cook. Have you ever tasted “struffoli?” After they are...

Cooking with vino rosso

Red wine has always been a staple in our house. Growing up, there was the omnipresent Chianti bottle which held wine that was less than stellar but...

Marron Glacé: an all Italian delicacy

Wild chestnuts have been known to Man since the times of ancient Greece . Xenophon , Virgil, Apicius and Galen all exalted their nutritional...

Strange foods from home: Il Biroldo

Its simple name evokes history, ancient history .... and we’re not mistaken thinking that . Biroldo is a Slow Food protected cold cut , a product of...

Polenta with tomato sauce, beans and sausage

When I think of comfort food Italian style, I think of polenta and this is the perfect time of the year for it. Not only because of the cold...

Montalcino: the land of honey

Montalcino may be best known for its splendid Brunello but buzzing across its rolling hills are amazing honeybees silently working their magic...

Ligurian pride: focaccia!

Flour , water, salt and yeast , yet it’s not bread... The focaccia Genovese is a unique delicacy The word comes from the Latin “focus,” that is ,...

Celebrating Carnevale with frappe

Carnevale in all of Italy is like Mardi Gras to New Orleans. What you may not know is that both of these hugely popular festivals represent a last...