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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
The Top 10 Myths about Pasta
It seems like one of the easiest things in the world to cook: You boil some water, throw in some pasta, set the timer for the minutes indicated on the package,
How to Make Homemade Pizza from Dough to Toppings
Italy has many traditional pizza toppings, for example the quattro stagioni, which I have never come across in pizzerias elsewhere. Here's a quick rundown. Page 3.
Ten "Italian" Foods You Won't Find in Italy
When most Americans think of Italian food, I'm willing to bet that many (if not all) of the items on
Josephine Caravetta's Pickled Eggplant Recipe
Josephine Caravetta's Pickled Eggplant: Anne has very kindly replied to another person's request with her Grandmother's pickled eggplant.
How to Cook the Perfect Risotto: The Basics
Making a good risotto is rather like riding a bicycle: It takes a little bit of practice to begin with, and a certain amount of concentration thereafter. But making risotto is easy, and quite satisfying
How to Make Traditional Caponata alla Siciliana
The dish more people probably associate with Sicily than any other is caponata, a (generally) eggplanty delight that has now spread throughout the Peninsula -- a zesty summer dish that's ideal for perking up an indolent appetite on a hot day.
How to Get Perfectly Cooked Pasta Every Time
Cooking pasta is easy, but there are rules to pasta cooking that will lead to perfectly cooked pasta every time.
One-Pan Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil, and Zucchini
A version of an easy pasta dish -- spaghetti with a tomato, zucchini, garlic, and basil -- that all cooks in one pan.
How to Pick, Prepare, and Serve the Perfect...
Many in the English-speaking world would call this a Porterhouse and wonder what the fuss is about. And they'd be right in most cases; though Bistecca alla Fiorentina is featured prominently on the menus of almost all the restaurants in Florence, finding a good one isn't at all easy. But when you do it's heaven on earth, delightfully rich, flavorful rare meat so tender it can be cut with a spoon. Much of the secret is the breed of cattle, Chianina beef...
How to Boil Octopus so as to make it Tender
How to Boil Octopus so as to make it Tender, or Lessatura del Polpo per Ridurlo Tenero: Octopus is delightful, but it can be devilish to cook, going from soft and tender to rubbery and back as it sits in the pot; the trick is to either remove it before it goes rubbery or have the patience to wait until it passes through that phase. Here's a trick for boiling it that will yield tender octopus every time.
How to Make the Perfect Italian Spaghetti al...
Pesto Sauce is a classic garlicky basil sauce from Liguria. Pesto sauce is also one of one of the finest summer pasta sauces.
37 Italian Ravioli, Tortellini, and Stuffed...
Almost every region of Italy has some form of stuffed pasta. A quick overview and many recipes.
Fresh Homemade Ricotta
Make-your-own fresh ricotta at home.
How to Make Your Own Giardiniera (Italian...
Giardiniera, or mixed pickled vegetables, is what most Italians think of when they hear the words Sotto Aceti, a collection of mixed pickled vegetables. The standard Italian antipasto misto wouldn't be quite right without these, and they also work very well with boiled meats in the winter months.
How to Make a Creamy Italian Four Cheese Sauce
Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi, or Four Cheese Sauce for Pasta: I was recently asked for a four cheeses sauce for pasta. Here are a couple variations on four cheese sauce.
Funghi Porcini
Funghi Porcini "Every year come September, the price of mushrooms drops and I stock up on porcini," wrote
How to Make Homemade Pasta at Home
Pasta need not be pale yellow or cream colored. If you add puréed vegetables, chocolate, or other ingredients to your dough you can obtain a wide range of delightful hues. Here we have green, orange, black, red, brown,and speckled. Page 2.
Five Ways to Use Prosciutto
Five ways to use prosciutto in your kitchen, plus ideas for more.
24 Classic Italian Baccalà (Salt Cod)...
Baccalà is salt cod sold by the slab, and you might think it an unlikely food to get excited over. But you'd be wrong, because well-cooked baccalà is a delight: Firm, slightly chewy, and not at all fishy in flavor. But very good, and easy to prepare too.
A recipe for ring-shaped Italian wine biscuits...
A recipe for ciambelle al vino, traditional ring-shaped Italian cookies made with wine and anise seeds.
A Recipe for Pasta with Ham and Peas (Conchigli...
A simple, flavor-packed recipe for pasta with ham, peas, and cream.
Northern Italian Cuisines
Northern Italy comprises eight regions: Liguria, Valle D'Aosta, Piemonte, Lombardia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, and Emilia Romagna. Quick overviews of the cuisines, and links to regional recipes.
Spaghetti with Squid Ink Recipe - Spaghetti al...
Squid ink is just what it sounds like -- the ink of the squid, and it adds both a sea tang and a deep black glow to this recipe. You will likely have to go to a fishmonger who has very fresh fish to obtain it, but it's worth the trip.
Cavolo Nero:
Cavolo nero, black leaf kale, is a leafy cabbage that doesn't form heads, but rather resembles palm fronds, with deep greenish black leaves that can be up to a yard (a meter) long, have pronounced ribs, and whose surfaces have a distinctive bubbly appearance. It's quite tasty and perfect in hearty soups or over (or in) polenta.
Neapolitan Lemon-Ricotta Carnival Cake...
Recipe for a traditional Carnival-time lemon-ricotta cake from Naples.
How to Make Mostarda - A Wonderful Condiment...
Though the Italian Mostarda does contain mustard, it's only distantly related to the yellow stuff in the squeeze bottle. Rather, it's fruit preserved in syrup that gains quite a kick from a healthy jolt of powdered mustard seed or essence, and is one of the standard condiments served with boiled meats in northern Italy. It's easy to make at home, and also makes an excellent gift.
How To Fry Zucchini Blossoms
How to Fry Zucchini Blossoms: After cleaning them, dip them in the batter. Page 3.
Classic Northern Italian Lasagna alla Bolognese
Lasagna is as regional as everything else in Italian cooking. If you ask for it in Emilia Romagna or Tuscany, you'll get lasagna alla bolognese: pasta smothered with Bolognese sauce, béchamel sauce, and lots of grated cheese. In short, classic winter comfort food.
Pasta:
Pasta: Sauce or Gravy? Or Ragú? No matter what you call it, it's satisfying.
How to Make Tuscan Sopressata at Home
Larry asked, much too long ago, if I had a recipe for sopressata. Like many other Italian words, sopressata's meaning varies considerably from place to place. In much of the Peninsula it's a raw, pork-based salami that's been squashed slightly during the curing phase and is thus flat; the spicing varies from place to place according to local tradition. In Tuscany, on the other hand...
How to Make a Beautiful Procini Mushroom Risotto
Mushroom risotto is wonderful, especially in the fall when the mushrooms are freshly dried.
Everything You Need to Know about Polenta
Polenta is easy to make, and the home made variety does taste better than what you can buy in a store. Never made it? Here's how. Page 2.
How to Make a Classic Spicy Italian Penne...
Arrabbiata means angry, and if made right this pasta is spicy. Though the versions offered by the really cheap eateries in Rome rely primarily on garlic and hot pepper for their punch, some of the versions printed in cookbooks also call for onions.
Classic Roman Spaghetti Aio Oio
Spaghetti Aio Oio, with garlic and olive oil, is the one dish that all Italian men know how to make. It's also quite popular as a late night snack among friends, say after a night out at the theater.
Debunking the Top 10 Myths About Pasta
Clearing up the top 10 myths about pasta and how to cook it.
Classic Sicilian Arancini di Riso (6 Delicious...
In addition to being fine snacks, these golden filled rice balls make excellent antipasti at parties, and if you make several small batches with different fillings they'll work very well with other fried foods as part of a fritto misto (mixed fried foods). Or you may want a lighter meal, and just serve them with a tossed salad.
Try a Glass of Italian Lambrusco Wine This Summer
Lambrusco is the perfect wine for a picnic, cookout, or light meal.
The Most Comprehensive List of Classic Italian...
Almost every Italian city and town has its specialties, and there are regional trends too; the end result is a huge number of local cuisines rather than a single national cuisine. However, there are some dishes that you will find almost everywhere, and that are now standards among the many Italian communities scattered across the globe. Enjoy!
Recipe for Sicilian-Style Stuffed Eggplants
Recipe for Sicilian-style stuffed eggplants (melanzane a barchetta).
Neapolitan Tomato Sauce Recipe - Salsa di...
Though slow-cooking pomarola is quite tasty, there are times you'll want something quicker -- that's when this classic Neapolitan tomato sauce, known in the US as Marinara Sauce, comes into play. It's perfect for pasta, but will also work well with rice or pizza.
The Pasta Shapes Gallery
There are a great many kinds of pasta in Italy. Here's an expanding list of the most popular kinds, with suggested recipes, possible substitutions, and alternate names for them.
Culatello
Culatello, the most prized cold cut of Parma. Page 36.
Farro: Grain of the Legions
Farro: Grain of the Legions Grano Farro has a long and glorious history: it is the original grain from
Cappelletti
Cappelletti The word cappelletto means “little hat,” which is what this pasta should resemble; they're
Italian Pizza Toppings & More
Pizza toppings and Calzone Fillings.: cup tomato sauce pizza ovens calzone pizza shredded mozzarella pizza pizza
How to Dry Orange or Lemon Peel at Home: It's...
How to Dry Orange or Lemon Peel at Home: It's quite easy.
Fresh Porcini: What to do with them? Or, How To...
Porcini are Italy's most valued wild mushrooms by far, and when fresh are a great treat: you can grill them, stew them, make sauce with them, and more.
How to Bake Pizza in a Wood Fired Oven
To use a wood-fired pizza oven you must have two things: A hot oven and pizza dough (toppings aren't essential, as there are also focaccia and other flat breads). We'll begin with the dough. Page 2.
Spaghetti with Canned Tuna Recipe - Spaghetti...
Spaghetti with Tuna has a boring reputation. However, I first had this sauce during a geological field trip in the Apuan Alps: It had been raining for a week, and we were wet, cold, and miserable. When Marco was done feeding us, we were still wet, still cold, but satisfied. And I still make it when I'm out camping.
Sfratti - Italian Rosh Hashanah Pastries
Sfratti are traditional pastries for Rosh Hashanah, and following the Italian Jewish custom for sweets
Southern Italian Cooking: Regional Cuisines and...
Southern Italy comprises 6 regions: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise and Puglia. Quick overviews of the cuisines, and links to recipes.
How to Make Creamy Italian Pasta al Salmone...
Pasta with smoked salmon is one of the standard Italian Valentine’s Day recipes (the versions printed are often aimed at men). This particular pasta with smoked salmon recipe is based on a dish of pasta I enjoyed many years ago at Il Pantheon, a restaurant in Rome.
Orecchiette
Orecchiette Orecchiette are a distinctive Puglian type of pasta shaped roughly like small ears, hence
Home-Made Ricotta
Home-Made Ricotta Though ricotta is often referred to as a cheese, it is actually a cheese byproduct,
DOCG, VdT, DOC: what does it mean?
DOC, VdT, DOCG: What does it mean? Reading an Italian label is usually straight forward: there's the
The Perfect Italian Pastry Cream
Crema pasticcera, pastry cream, is one of the basic ingredients used in Italian pastries and cakes: it's the creamy custardy filling of the layer cake, or the cream you find in your morning pastry, or the creamy base of your pudding. In short, Italian desserts wouldn't be quite the same without it.
Classic Italian Cakes
Classic Italian dishes : classic italian dishes cassata alla siciliana panettone milano panettone ripieno layer cakes
Bolognese Sauce, Sugo Alla Bolognese
You may grow old, even doddering, but if you know how to make a good meat sauce for pasta people will still beat a path to your door.
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil a Day Might Keep the...
Olive oil is quite healthy: It lowers bad cholesterol, has antioxidants that can prevent cancer and improve organ function, and may even protect from age-related dementia. In short, a food that could be sold in the pharmacy.
The Origins of Tiramisu
Some say Tiramisu was invented in Siena, in the late 1600s, to satisfy Grand Duke Cosimo's sweet tooth, and that it subsequently became a hit with the courtesans. Others say it was invented much later by a restaurant next door to a House of Ill Repute in Treviso, and became popular in the 70s. Who's right?
Frutta e Verdura
Frutta e Verdura: Photos of Italian fruit and vegetables, from local produce markets.
Canned Cherry Tomato Recipe - Pomodorini in Salsa
Cherry tomatoes are quite nice in a salad. But they're also nice canned, and when canned are a perfect ingredient to add to sauces, or even top a pizza.
Alba & its Truffle Festival
Alba & its Truffle Festival Alba has a tremendous amount to offer: Castles, fine wines, magnificent scenery,
How to Make Italian Barolo Wine Braised Beef
Brasato al Barolo, beef braised in Barolo wine, is one of the classic, elegant Piemontese dishes, and really does require a hearty red wine, ideally Barolo, to come out right. Save it for a special occasion, and you'll be quite pleased with the results.
Lasagna with Parsley Riccotta, Beef, and Pork
Lasagna with Ricotta: When I was growing up, I was always rather taken back by the ricotta that I found in lasagna in the US -- there wasn't any in what I had in Tuscany. This is because putting ricotta in lasagna is southern tradition that reaches its apex with the glorious Neapolitan Lasagne con la Ricotta that are made for Carnival...
Vinegar: Making it from Wine
Making Vinegar From Wine If you make wine (as oppesed to apple) vinegar, you can dispense with the apples
Prosciutto Toscano
When I was younger, a friend of mine's mom would make prosciutto in the back room of their apartment under the eves in downtown Siena, and I remember how good that room smelled as I watched her scoop handfuls of salt over the ham one day. I haven't ever tried making it myself for want of space, but here is how.
Caramelized Fig and Mascarpone Tart Recipe
A recipe for an end-of-summer caramelized fig and mascarpone tart.
Veal Saltimbocca alla Romana with Prosciutto...
Saltimbocca is one of the most classic Roman dishes. The name literally translates as hopinthemouth and is singularly appropriate -- you can never have too many of these veal cutlets with prosciutto and sage.
On Mostarda
Mostarda is a classic North Italian fruit condiment that gains a healthy kick from powdered mustard or mustard essence. It's wonderful with boiled meats, or cheeses, and is quite easy to make. It's also an excellent gift.
How to Make Classic Eggplant Parmesan Like an...
Eggplant Parmesan, or Melanzane alla Parmigiana, is one of the great Neapolitan dishes that has spread across the globe. Eggplant Parmesan is a superb Neapolitan combination of tomatoes, eggplant, and cheese.
Salumi
Recipe requests come in waves. In winter, people write for instructions on making cold cuts from pork: Salami, prosciutto, salsiccia, finocchiona, pancetta, and so on, which are collectively referred to as salumi. In the past these were all made when hogs were butchered in late fall or early winter, and set aside to guarantee a supply of meat during the warmer months when uncured meats would spoil rapidly.
How to Make Focaccia - An Illustrated Recipe
The simplest focaccia topping is olive oil and coarse salt. But you can top a focaccia with many other things. Page 6.
Classic Italian Pork Dishes
Classic Italian dishes : classic italian dishes grilled pork chops recipe for spare ribs pork dishes layer cakes
How to Make Authentic Italian Bucatini...
Bucatini all'Amatriciana: This zesty pancetta and tomato sauce is commonly associated with Lazio and Rome, but is actually from the town of Amatrice, a part of the Abruzzo before Mussolini redrew the maps.
How to Make A Piadina Romagnola
La Piadina, Romagna's flatbread, is extremely popular. Little wonder; it's tasty to bite into, wonderful when spread with cheese, and it's easy to make!
Millefoglie Recipe - Mille-Feuille
Millefoglie, which the French call Mille-Feuille, is one of the most delightful cakes around: Flaky puff pastry interlayered with rich crema chantilly (or chocolate, or both). Libidenous! Wonderful! The perfect birthday cake!
Tuscan Tomato Sauce Recipe - Pomarola
There's no dish quite so refreshing on a hot day as a bowl of pasta seasoned with lots of freshly made pomarola (Marinara in the US) and a handful of grated cheese. This recipe expands well, and most households make gallons of it when the flood of tomatoes reaches its peak in August, forcing the prices down. It can also be adapted to canned plum tomatoes.
How to Make Authentic Italian Bruschetta
Bruschetta is one of the simplest things in the world to make, and can be very satisfying if you have good extravirgin olive oil.
Favorite Fall Risotti
As temperatures fall off in Autumn, warm, and even hot foods become welcome again. Risotto is quick to cook, brings warmth to the table, and is ideally suited to all sorts of fall ingredients, from mushrooms to apples to sausages. Much to choose from!
Veal Saltimbocca
Leaonard's version of a Roman classic: veal saltimbocca dry white wine veal chops extra virgin olive oil virgin olive oil
La Focaccia Col Formaggio Di Recco - Focaccia...
Focaccia di Recco is a delightfully -- nay, libidinously -- cheesy variation on the focacce you'll find in many parts of Liguria: It's made by extending a thin sheet of dough, dotting it with a creamy cheese, covering everything up and baking it. The result is wonderful, and in the days of carriages the people of Genova used to take day-trips to Recco to enjoy it.
Venetian Rice and Peas Recipe - Risi e Bisi
Risi e bisi (rice and peas) is a classic Venetian dish. In the past it was prepared only on the feast days decreed by the Doge (Venice's ruler), and though one can now prepare risi e bisi at any time, the dish really shines only when freshly harvested baby peas are available.
Chestnuts: a rare treat, and versatile too....
Selecting and roasting Chestnuts: steep mountain slopes roasting chestnuts fire font chestnut groves food crops
Lemon Ice Recipe
Lemon Ice: Aggie, who has kindly shared several recipes, says:
Finocchiona: Tuscan Fennel Salami
Finocchiona is a variation on regular Tuscan salami that is flavored with fennel seeds. A fine sandwich meat.
White Sauce Recipe - Besciamella - Bechamel...
According to Pellegrino Artusi, a good béchamel sauce, also known as white sauce, and a properly cooked meat sauce are the principal secrets of refined cooking.
Alfredo Sauce Recipe and Penne alla Fiesolana
Fiesolana Sauce is a smooth, creamy, cream sauce, and will work well over pasta or stuffed pasta, especially tortellini with a meat filling. If you modify the recipe slightly, you instead obtain an Alfredo sauce.
A Rustic Peperonata Recipe - Peperonata Rustica
A Rustic Peperonata, or Peperonata Rustica: Peperonata is stewed peppers, and there are innumerable variations on the theme.
Roman Spaghetti with Cheese and Pepper Recipe -...
This is one of the most classic Roman pasta sauces, and though it is very simple -- just 4 ingredients -- it does require care. Though some people add a few drops of olive oil, Roman purists frown at this practice, and I tend to agree with them. Just pasta, cheese, and pepper, and the creaminess of the sauce comes from a few tablespoons of starchy pasta water. The recipe will serve 6.
Funghi Ovoli, Ovoli Mushrooms
Don't let the appearance of these mushrooms sway you: Ovoli are perhaps the most eagerly sought out Italian mushroom. Though I have found recipes for grilled ovolo caps, which strike me as an example of wretched excess, one generally hears ovoli should be transformed into an Ovolo salad. Page 42.
Fava Bean and Fennel Soup (Macco di fave e...
Recipe for a traditional Sicilian fava-bean and fennel soup.
Italian Regional Cuisines
Italian Regional Cuisines North Italian Cuisines | Central Italian Cuisines South Italian Cuisines |
Neapolitan Meatballs with Raisins and Pine Nuts...
Raisins often go into meat dishes in southern Italy, and here is a Neapolitan recipe for meatballs with raisins and pine nuts, served in a quick tomato sauce.
Bresaola - About Bresaola - Italian Air-Cured...
Bresaola, the air-cured beef of the Valtellina, is now available in the US! About it, and serving suggestions.
Carciofi alla Giudia - Roman Jewish Artichoke...
Carciofi alla giudia, Rome's Jewish fried artichokes, are a wonderful treat: they look like golden sunflowers and their leaves have a delicious nutty crunchiness.
Frico: A Cheesy Delight from Friuli Venezia...
A very tasty cheese dish from Friuli: montasio cheese fred plotkin crunchy delight venezia giulia sans serif
La Crostata
La Crostata When I was growing up, my father directed the excavation of an Etruscan sanctuary on a hill
Walnut Liqueur Recipe - Nocino
Nocino, or Walnut liqueur, is quite tasty and extremely delicate. It's also easy to make, and a great gift.
Grilled or Fried Eel Recipe - Capitone Arrosto...
Eel is an oily fish, consequently ideally suited to the grill. This grilled eel recipe is an indispensable part of the Neapolitan Christmas Eve dinner. Grilled eel for the Seven Fishes! Fried eel is also good.
Crespelle -- Crepes
Crespelle are the Italian equivalent of crepes. Though the preparation now has a certain ring of elegance to it, and crespelle appear often on upscale menus, in the past crespelle were considered poor people's food.
Torta della Nonna
Torta della Nonna is a Tuscan cheese tart, and, according to Leonardo Romanelli, one of the few consistent
Milanese Veal Cutlet Recipe - La Cotoletta Alla...
Milano's Cotoletta alla Milanese closely resembles Wienerschnitzel: Both are breaded veal cutlets; the Viennese bone theirs and dredge them in both flour and bread crumbs, whereas the Milanese just use bread crumbs, and the Viennese fry in lard whereas the Milanese use butter.
Easy Mozzarella Lasagna Recipe - Lasagne alla...
Lasagna is a huge and varied universe. This lasagna with mozzarella recipe is easy, quick to put together, and also quick to cook if you use sheets of lasagna that need not be preboiled.
No-Fail Gnocchi Recipe - Easy Potato Gnocchi
Leatrice writes, I thought I'd send you a no-fail potato gnocchi recipe that's shockingly easy.
Pecorino Romano
Pecorino Roamno is an anciant cheese, enjoyed by the Romans and still very popular even now.
Mostarda di Cremona Recipe
Mostarda di Cremona is what most Italians think of when they hear the word mostarda. It's voluptuous, and though something of an acquired taste (like fine whisky, for that matter), can be addictive. Since the fruit is not finely sliced, you should select pieces that look perfect.
Spiedini, Or Italian Kebabs:
The classic Italian grigliata is a platter of mixed grilled meats. However, there are other options, including spiedini, or Italian kebabs. You can make them just as you like, and with spiedini you don't have to worry about something popular being snapped up before th platter makes full circle.
Italian Peasant Foods, Cucina Povera
The Italian equivalent of peasant foods would be cucina povera. Frugal recipes that were once belt tigthening, but that cooks are now revisiting in a slightly richer modern key. Fine eating!
Vitello Tonnato Recipe - Chilled Veal in Tuna...
Vitello tonnato, chilled veal in a tuna sauce, is one of the classic summer dishes, and is the traditional centerpiece of the Ferragosto dinner in Milano.
Cinghiale: Wild Boar
Italy has a vibrant wild boar population, and many recipes for preparing wild boar.
Classic Italian Poultry Dishes
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Il Panettone Milanese - Milanese Panettone...
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Pappardelle Pasta With Mushroom Sauce -...
Pappardelle alla Boscaiola: Pasta with a mushroom sauce is one of the most common Italian restaurant dishes, and you will encounter it throughout the Peninsula. This recipe calls for porcini, boletus edilis, and they are necessary to do it justice. Ideally, fresh porcini, but if you cannot find them you will have to make do: Purchase cultivated mushrooms and a 20-gram (1-ounce) packet of dried porcini...
The Sformato
A Sformato is similar to a soufflé, though not as airy. Sformati are amazingly versatile, ranging from hearty comfort food to light vegetarian delights to tasty desserts.
Pasta al Cartoccio
One of the most spectacular ways of serving pasta is al cartoccio -- boiled, sauced, then wrapped in paper and baked. As a preparation method this may sound odd, but your guests will greet the arrival of the packets at the table with mounting anticipation that will turn to joy as they open them and savor the aromas that burst forth.
Salmoriglio Sauce - Salsa al Salmorilgio
This is a south Italian sauce for grilled meats; the word salmoriglio derives from the Sicilian salmurigghiu, which means a light brine, and there is, indeed, some salt in it, though the primary ingredient is lemon juice. You use the sauce to flavor any sort of grilled meat or fish, from chops (lamb, pork, or steak) through elegant fish, including salmon or swordfish. In short, it's versatile.
Spaghetti alla Norma: with Tomatoes and Eggplant,
When I was quite little my father worked on an excavation in Sicily, and Spaghetti alla Norma, spaghetti with rich, sensual tomatoey eggplant sauce, is one of the earliest dishes I remember. The Norma in question is Vincenzo Bellini's heroine, and the dish certainly does her justice.
How to Make the Perfect Polenta
Polenta, the Italian answer to cornmeal mush, is tasty, extremely versatile, and an ideal accompaniment to all sorts of things. Though it can be bought ready-made, purists are correct in saying that what one makes at home is better. In short, how to make polenta.
Mikawa
If you drive out into the country from just about any place south of Rome you'll soon find yourself driving through citrus groves: Oranges, bitter oranges, lemons, tangerines, clementines, grapefruit... And, since citrus fruit easily cross breed, new things such as the Miyagawa, which is, as its name suggests, a Japanese development: A cross between grapefruit and clementines or mandaranci. Page 57.
Don's Steak Pizzaiola Recipe - Easy Steak...
Steak with a tasty, zesty, tomatoey pizzaiola sauce, which Don kindly posted to the Italian cuisine forum.
Chicken Cacciatore - Pollo alla Cacciatora
Chicken Cacciatore, or Pollo alla Cacciatora: This is one of those recipes that almost everyone has made, and almost everyone's version differs: For some it's plain chicken stewed in tomatoes with a little wine, some add olives, others shrimp, and others entirely different ingredients.
Street Eats, Italian Style
Street food -- in the form of pop-up stands or roaming food trucks -- is growing more and more popular in the U.S., but throughout the world and history, street
Frico with Potato Recipe - Frico con le Patate
Frico with Potatoes, or Frico con le Patate: Frico is a cheese fritter made by heating grated Montasio cheese in a skillet until it crisps with other ingredients, in this case potatoes. I had it in a little place up a hill on the way from Cividale to Udine; they had Refosco (a red wine) by the jug, and the combination worked quite well, with some polenta on the side.
Italian Christmas Cakes, Cookies, and Treats
Almost every town in Italy has some sort of Christmas cake, cookie, or pie. Here's a quick rundown of some of the best known, in order (roughly) of popularity. After all, all Christmas sweets are treats.
Cornetti & Brioches: Breakfast in Italy
The perfect way to start the day!: breakfast pastry grated zest teaspoon vanilla unleaded gasoline butter or margarine
Salsa Rosé For Pasta or Gnocchi - A Creamy...
A delicate cream sauce with a pleasing blush from tomatoes, and all over pasta or potato gnocchi: A handy recipe for when you're in a rush, or if unexpected company stops in.
Chopped Raw Beef Recipe - Carne Cruda, or...
Chopped beef, or Carne Cruda: In other parts of the world finely minced raw beef is called steak tartare, and they crack an egg into it. In Piemonte they don't, preferring lemon juice and olive oil, and you should try this even if you think you don't like raw meat, as it can be a rare treat indeed.
Stuffed Olives Ascolana Style Recipe - Olive...
Stuffed Olives Ascolana Style, or Olive all'Ascolana: These stuffed olives are from the Ascoli region, and if at all possible you should use olives of the Ascolana strain, which are large and flavorful. These stuffed olives are generally classified as an antipasto, but will also work well as a first course, or as part of a platter of mixed fried foods, and are an excellent finger food.
Baked Royal Dorade
This recipe for baked Royal Dorade (or bass) was kindly given me by Prince Philippe Poniatowski, who makes superb Vouvray at Le Clos Baudoin.
Branzino, also known as Spigola: Sea Bass
Branzino, or European Sea Bass. In England it's simply called bass. Also, a recipe for Filetti Di Branzino in Crosta di Patate - Sea Bass Fillets in a Mashed Potato Crust. Page 13.
Luganega Sausages
Luganega sausages, one with fennel and the other with hot pepper. Page 16.
Cavolo Nero, or Black Leaf Kale:
Black Leaf Kale is the perfect winter cabbage, and the foundation of many heartwarming recipes. Page 2.
Tiramisu
People occasionally ask me which is my favorite among the dozens of Tiramisu recipes out there. Put simply, wife Elisabetta's.
Spaghetti with Clams in a White Sauce -...
Spaghetti with clams is the quintessential summer dish, and is amazingly refreshing on a hot day. Though you can use canned shellfish packed in their juice to make spaghetti alle vongole, live clams are far better. I prefer them in a white (tomato free) sauce because I find that tomatoes overshadow the flavor of the clams.
Ligurian Chick Pea Farinata Recipe - Farinata...
In much of Italy a farinata is a thick porridge made with vegetables, broth, and finely ground flour of one sort or another. Liguria's farinata is a bit different: It's made with chick pea flour and enough water to make a fairly liquid batter, and baked in the oven: What emerges is a very tasty chickpea flapjack (for want of a better term) that you slice up and serve. Expect it to go fast, and for people to demand more.
Tuscan Wine Grape Pie Recipe - Schiacciata con...
Schiacciata con l'Uva, an astonishingly rich, sinfully juicy wine grape pie whose country roots are clearly revealed by the dough and the crunchiness of the grape seeds.
Finocchiona:
Finocchiona is a Tuscan salami made with fennel. Page 37.
Limoncello Cream
Limoncello Cream: This is a very nice variation on the standard Limoncello from Sorrento. I enjoyed it at a dinner in the hinterland of Verona.
How to Chop Up a Chicken - Cutting up a Chicken
Cut the halves in two. Italian Food. Page 6.
Cacciucco alla Livornese - Livorno's Zesty...
Cacciucco is a fish stew made in the Tuscan port of Livorno, from whatever the fishmonger has that's fresh and inexpensive. It should have a healthy jolt of red pepper, and will sell you on fish if you don't like fish already.
Pasta al Forno
Italy has many recipes for lasagna, and other kinds of baked pasta, which are collectively called pasta al forno in Italian. Here you will find a rundown of Italian lasagna recipes and baked pasta recipes, with timballo and timpano recipes too
Cooking Pasta: How Much Water?
Given the crisis, people are looking for ways to save, and cooking pasta in less water is one possibility. It works, though the texture of the pasta cooked this way is less chewy than that cooked in the standard gallon of boiling water per pound of pasta.
Finocchio
Bulb fennel is one of the great treats of winter.: bulb fennel anise oil de agostini winter vegetables raw vegetables
Preparing Artichokes the Italian Way
Italians prepare artichokes by stripping away the outer leaves to reveal the tender inner leaves surrounding the artichoke's heart. It's an easy preparation that opens the doors to many dishes.
About Potato Gnocchi
Gnocchi, Potato and Otherwise: Gnocchi are little dumplings, and though gocchi di patata -- potato gnocchi -- are the best known, there are many other tasty varieties of gnocchi.
Simple Italian Bread Soup Recipe - Zuppa di Pan...
Zuppa di pan cotto is an extremely simple Italian bread soup, true peasant food that was a perfect way to use up leftover bread much too precious to be thrown away or given to the livestock. And now, a very easy, quite healthy recipe
Trancia di Pesce Spada: Swordfish Steaks
Trancia di Pesce Spada: Swordfish Steaks, and a simple Sicilian recipe for grilled swordfish steaks. Page 59.
Got Walnut Oil?
Walnut oil, which was once the everyday oil in much of Northwestern Italy, is making a comeback. It's tasty, and versatile. About it, and recipes too. Page 2.
Chris's Wedding Soup Recipe
Hi, Kyle. Thought I'd contribute this wedding soup recipe. This is the one I grew up with, so it's of course the only one I can eat! I don't know if you need this at all, but I felt compelled to send it in. Best, Chris Castellani
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