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Italian Food: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
La Pastiera Napoletana Recipe - Neapolitan...
Neapolitan Cuisine has many dishes identified with one festival or another, which in the past were made only then: le lasagne del Carnevale, for Carnival, struffoli at Christmas, and a several Easter pastries, the most important of which is the Pastiera, a centuries-old dish that appears in innumerable versions, each made according to a closely guarded family recipe...
Anthony Iannacone's Pizza Rustica Napoletana...
Anthony Iannacone is an old fried with whom I have corresponded for years. His family is from Campania,
Favorite Italian Easter Recipes
Natale con i tuoi, la Pasqua con chi vuoi -- "Christmas at home and Easter with whomever you wish"is
Mildred's Pizza Rustica: A Rich Easter Treat
Aiana kindly writes: Are you ready? It's a tradition. It goes by many names but it's definitely an Easter Tradition. It's called Pizza Rustica,Pizza gain, Meat pie. It's contents differs from Family to Family . While it has spilled over into other Regions, It originated in Naples. This is my mother Mildred's Recipe.
Traditional Italian Pizza Recipes
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.
Making Risotto
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
"Forbidden" Black Rice with Artichokes (Riso...
In ancient China, a special type of ebony black short-grain rice was so rare and difficult to cultivate
Baccalà
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.
Pane di Pasqua -- Easter Bread
Pane di Pasqua, or Easter Bread: There are many variations on the theme of Easter Bread. This one is, according to Luisa, who posted it to a recipe collection on Galactica.it, either Neapolitan of from the Neapolitan hinterland. The quantities are somewhat more aproximate than one finds in professionally written recipes; I'd figure a quarter pound in all of pancetta and ham (100 g in all), about a quarter pound (100 g) of olives, and a quarter cup of capers.
Recipe for Sauteed Spinach with Pine Nuts
A quick and easy Italian recipe for sauteed spinach with pine nuts.
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 Cook Pasta - Pasta Cooking
Cooking pasta is easy, but there are rules to pasta cooking that will lead to perfectly cooked pasta every time.
Buona Pasqua!
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Pani Pasquali:
Recipe requests vary with the time of year. Before Christmas it's the Seven Fishes, and come spring people ask for Easter breads of one sort or another. These are not the standard breads one buys day-to-day in Italian bakeries, but rather something more: Breads that contain cheese, breads that contain sausage or salami, breads that contain hard-boiled eggs...
La Pasqua Napoletana - Neapolitan Easter
La Pasqua Napoletana Pasca vo' 'a menestrella mmaretata cu 'a gallenella, 'a 'nnoglia e 'e saciccielle,
Florentine Style Steak Recipe - Bistecca alla...
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...
Arancini di Riso
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.
Italian Pastry Cream Recipe - Crema Pasticcera...
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.
Caponata alla Siciliana Recipe
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.
Trancia di Pesce Spada: Swordfish Steaks
Trancia di Pesce Spada: Swordfish Steaks, and a simple Sicilian recipe for grilled swordfish steaks. Page 59.
Cheesy Easter Pie
This is actually a rich, cheesy bread, rather than a pie, and a delight with salami and a good zesty red wine.
About Ravioli, Tortellini, And Other Kinds of...
Almost every region of Italy has some form of stuffed pasta. A quick overview and many recipes.
Bacio Brownies (Brownies al Bacio)
Recipe for Bacio Brownies from Viola Buitoni of the Perugina chocolate family.
Flavored, colorful pasta
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.
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.
Four Cheese Sauce for Pasta - Pasta ai Quattro...
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.
Classic Italian Cakes
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Pasta:
Pasta: Sauce or Gravy? Or Ragú? No matter what you call it, it's satisfying.
Classic North Italian Lasagna Recipe - Lasagne...
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.
Favorite Lenten Recipes
Lent is the 40 days before Easter, and is designated by the Catholic Church as a period of spiritual renewal, a time to prepare to celebrate Christ's resurrection. Contrary to popular opinion it's not a time of penance, but the Church does ask that people avoid meats out of respect for Jesus's sacrifice on the Cross, and to share the hardships of the poor. This is not to say one must go hungry; fish are allowed, as are vegetables and eggs, and there are many options to choose from.
Farro: Grain of the Legions
Farro: Grain of the Legions Grano Farro has a long and glorious history: it is the original grain from
Home Made Pasta
Making pasta at home takes effort, but can be lots of fun.
Olive Oil: A Couple of Tablespoons a Day Will...
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.
Lambrusco:
Lambrusco is the perfect wine for a picnic, cookout, or light meal.
Pasta with Smoked Salmon - 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.
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.
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.
Spaghetti Aio Oio Recipe - Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
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.
Orecchiette
Orecchiette Orecchiette are a distinctive Puglian type of pasta shaped roughly like small ears, hence
A Savory Neapolitan Easter Bread
A Savory Neapolitan Easter Bread: Cristina writes, "I have been making an Easter Bread from Naples called
Sautéed Artichokes and Potatoes - Carciofi...
Artichokes and potatoes are a fine combination, and there are many different renditions of it. In this case, they're sautéed.
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.
Home-Made Ricotta
Home-Made Ricotta Though ricotta is often referred to as a cheese, it is actually a cheese byproduct,
Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce - Spaghetti al Pesto
Pesto Sauce is a classic garlicky basil sauce from Liguria. Pesto sauce is also one of one of the finest summer pasta sauces.
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.
Making Pizza Dough, Assembling a Pizza, and...
It's not hard to make pizza dough: start with top quality ingredients and you'll be fine. If you use a bread machine to make the dough it will be much quicker to make. Page 2.
Neapolitan Easter Soup Recipe - Minestra di...
Minestra di Pasqua, or Neapolitan Easter Soup, is the traditional beginning of the Neapolitan Easter meal. This recipe is after Cavalcanti, the great Neapolitan gastronome of the mid-1800s.
Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms - Risotto ai...
Mushroom risotto is wonderful, especially in the fall when the mushrooms are freshly dried.
Penne all'Arrabbiata - Angry Penne Recipe -...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweet Rice Pie Recipe - Torta di Riso - Italian...
Torta di Riso, or Rice Pie: a torta di riso is one of the quintessential simple north Italian desserts, and is also a wonderful way of dealing with a carton of milk that has reached its use-by date but is still good.
Sopressata Recipe - How To Make Sopressata
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...
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.
Italian Pickled Vegetables - Giardiniera
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.
Il Panettone Milanese - Milanese Panettone...
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Pasta Frolla - Shortbread
Pasta frolla is quite similar to shortbread, and is used primarily to make pies, cookies and crostate, though it does also get used in some savory dishes.
Classic Italian Dishes
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!
Cassata alla Siciliana
This is one of the most classic Sicilian cakes, and though some people link it to the island's Arab period because of the candied fruit that goes into the ricotta cream, among other things, it's actually much older: The word Cassata derives from the Latin Caseus, which means cheese. In other words, Cassata is one of the world's first cheesecakes. It comes as no surprise that there are a great many variations throughout Sicily; this particular recipe is from Trapani.
Cappelletti
Cappelletti The word cappelletto means “little hat,” which is what this pasta should resemble; they're
Torta Pasqualina & Torta di Cipolle, Onion Pie
Torta alla Pasqualina & Torta di Cipolle, Onion Pie: Turning to recipes, a long while back Anna requested a Ligurian Torta Pasqualina. Pasqua means Easter, which means we're out of season, but the recipe does offer an excuse for an interesting digression: it calls for a dozen eggs. While this might strike a modern reader as reason to wonder about cholesterol levels...
Italian Pizza Toppings & More
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Aragona's Easter Pot - Taganu D'Aragona
Aragona's Easter Pot, or Taganu D'Aragona: This is an Easter treat, a timpano from the Sicilian town of Aragona, in the province of Agrigento. Mr. Correnti says not to be frightened by the number of eggs that go into this dish, which families have been preparing on Good Saturday since at least the 1600s, baking it at home or in the village bakery, and carrying through until the outing on Easter Monday, when it was often the only dish served.
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?
Roast Lamb or Kid Rocca Priora Style -...
Rome is known for kid and suckling lamb, and this is perhaps the most Roman way to prepare kid or suckling lamb. Rome in the kitchen!
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
Culatello
Culatello, the most prized cold cut of Parma. Page 36.
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.
Bucatini all'Amatriciana
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.
Cassadetti & Cassata alla Siciliana
Kit Cat wrote, "I am seeking the recipe for Cassadetti (I may not be spelling it correctly). It is a
South Italian Cooking
Southern Italy comprises 6 regions: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise and Puglia. Quick overviews of the cuisines, and links to recipes.
Funghi Porcini
Funghi Porcini "Every year come September, the price of mushrooms drops and I stock up on porcini," wrote
Classic Italian Lamb Dishes
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La Crostata
La Crostata When I was growing up, my father directed the excavation of an Etruscan sanctuary on a hill
Torta di Ricotta -- Ricotta Pie
2 very different pies made with ricotta. But both tasty
Italian Grilled Lamb Chops Scottadito Recipe -...
Lamb Chops Scottadito: Scottadito means finger-blistering, and with these grilled lamb chops it's a serious risk: They're so good you'll not want to wait for them to cool. The recipe is courtesy of Ivana, and I enjoyed it at a delightful meal in Valpolicella, not far from Verona.
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.
Brasato Al Barolo - Beef Braised in Barolo Wine
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.
How To Make Crema Pasticcera, or Pastry Cream,...
Step by step instructions for making crema pasticcera, or pastry cream, one of the basic ingredients used in Italian and French pastries and cakes.
Vinegar: Making it from Wine
Making Vinegar From Wine If you make wine (as oppesed to apple) vinegar, you can dispense with the apples
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.
How to Dry Orange or Lemon Peel at Home: It's...
How to Dry Orange or Lemon Peel at Home: It's quite easy.
Italian Regional Cuisines
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Innovative Italian Pizza Recipes
Pizza is constantly evolving, with new flavor combinations, and delightful reinterpretations of the classic recipes. In short, there's a lot going on. Here's a quick selection of modern Italian pizza recipes that you can either enjoy or build upon. Page 4.
Frutta e Verdura
Frutta e Verdura: Photos of Italian fruit and vegetables, from local produce markets.
Eggplant Parmesan Recipe - Melanzane alla...
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.
Schiacciata alla Fiorentina - Orangy Florentine...
Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a traditional orangy Florentine Easter cake. It's wonderful filled with whipped cream, crema pasticcera, or or chantilly.
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.
Neapolitan Lemon-Ricotta Carnival Cake...
Recipe for a traditional Carnival-time lemon-ricotta cake from Naples.
Roast Kid or Lamb Recipe - Capretto o Agnello...
The trick to spit-roasting kid or lamb is to take your time: You'll obtain extraordinarily tender roast kid or roast lamb.
Agnellini Pasquali: Sicilian Easter Marzipan...
Agnellini Pasquali: Sicilian Easter Marzipan Lambs.
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.
Barbara Lucchi's Ciambella Romagnola Recipe -...
A Ciambella Romagnola, Romagna's traditional ring cake, is wonderful for breakfast, dipped into warm milk or caffè latte. It's also quite nice at the end of a meal, either with a glass of dessert wine or with the slices drizzled with zabaione or a fruit sauce or glaze.
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.
Dino's Marinara Sauce Recipe - A Traditional...
Dino Romano recently took me to task for linking to a modern Italian (in Italian) marinara sauce recipe that took liberties he was right to object to, saying: "Even Neapolitans, known for some departures when it comes to plain tomato sauce, wouldn't use parsley and oregano AND onion mixed with garlic in a sauce." Here is his marinara sauce recipe. Actually, two marinara sauces, one with whole tomatoes and the other with pureed tomatoes.
Crescia, Easter Bread from the Marche
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Cannoli
Cannoli Carnival, otherwise known as Martedì Grasso (Mardigras), means different things in different
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.
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.
Struffoli -- Neapolitan Christmas Treats
Struffoli are an absolute requirement at the end of a Neapolitan Christmas day dinner. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas in Naples without struffoli.
Making Polenta - How To Make 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.
Yet More Color and Variety
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 several kinds of tan, purple, and embossed, which is quite elegant. Page 3.
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!
Italian Lamb and Kid - Agnello, Abbacchio e...
Large sections of Italy, both in the mountainous north and the highlands of the south and the islands, are much better suited to sheep and goats than they are to cattle, and it therefore comes as no surprise that Italians have been tending flocks for thousands of years. In much of Italy, lamb and kid are among the most important meats, especially in spring at at Easter.
Roman Lamb or Kid in Lemon-Egg Sauce -...
Abbacchio Brodettato, or lamb in a savory egg sauce: This is a Roman dish; the egg-and-lemon combination in the sauce is quite similar to what one finds in either Jewish Italian dishes or Greek dishes, so this dish could be quite old.
Saltimbocca alla Romana - Roman Saltimbocca
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.
Duck in Orange Sauce Recipe - Anitra All'Arancia
Anitra All'Arancia: People often associate duck in orange sauce with the French, but it's popular in Italy too, and served as the centerpiece for Pope Giovanni Paolo II's 25th anniversary banquet.
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.
Rice Pudding Recipe - Budino di Riso
Rice pudding is one of the most classic North Italian family type desserts -- quick, easy to make, and
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.
Roman Easter Soup Recipe - Brodetto Pasquale
Brodetto Pasquale is the classic beginning to a Roman Easter dinner.
Lasagna with Ricotta Recipe - Lasagne Con la...
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...
Tortellini alla Panna - Tortellini with Cream
Tortellini alla Panna - Tortellini with Cream These tortellini are served dry, and should be a little
Roman-Style Lamb Recipe - Abbacchio alla Romana
Roman-Style Lamb, or Abbacchio alla Romana: This is one of the quintessential spring dishes in the Capital of Italy, and well worth getting excited over. Don't let the presence of anchovies throw you; they serve primarily as salt and will blend into the flavors of the dish quite well, balancing the richness of the lamb.
Asparagus Risotto - Risotto agli Asparagi
Asparagus risotto is especially good in June, when asparagus is at its freshest. Most Italians use green asparagus, but if you have white asparagus, it is nice too.
Black Easter Rice -- Riso Nero di Pasqua
Black Easter Rice is a Sicilian Easter recipe; unlike most black risotti, this owes it color to chocolate rather than squid ink, and is therefore a dessert. It was traditionally prepared by those living in the province of Messina as a votive offering for the Madonna Nera di Tindari.
Italian Bread Soups
Italy has a rich, and varied tradition of bread soups, Here is a selection of Italian bread soup recipes, some for the summer and others for the winter.
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.
Cannelloni & Manicotti
Easy, delicious and elegant -- who could ask for more? From your Mining Co. Guide
Pignolata Siciliana Recipe - Sicilian Pignolata...
It comes from the city of Messina in Sicily (Italy). : 2 cups flour 4 eggs 2 cups peanut oil 1/4 tsp.
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.
Felice Pesah!
People rarely associate Judaism with Italy, probably because Rome has hosted the seat of the Catholic Church for close to 2000 years. Jews arrived long before Peter and Paul, however. Indeed, Jewish traders built one of the first (if not the first) synagogues outside of the Middle East in Ostia Antica during the second century BC. Much was alas lost in WWII, but Italian Jewish communities are slowly rebuilding, and maintaining the traditions, which differ in many ways from the Ashkenazim.
Zabaione Recipe - Creamy Zabaione - Italian...
Zabaione is one of the classic, simple desserts that one finds in many places; the French know it as sabayon.
Lemon Ice Recipe
Lemon Ice: Aggie, who has kindly shared several recipes, says: "This is a Lemon Ice recipe from a friend
La Pastiera Mirandese
Mirandesi make their Easter Pastiera differently from Neapolitans, with rice rather than grain, and cinnamon rather than orange water. Different, but just as tasty!
Quattro Stagioni means... Pizza?
Quattro Stagioni means... Pizza? Dateline: 04/26/97 Pizza isn't exactly Tuscan, but it is popular, and
Insalata Caprese Recipe - Mozzarella and Tomato...
Insalata Caprese is a simple summer salad made with tomatoes, mozzarella olive oil, and basil: Food fit for a king!
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.
Lamb with Eggs and Cheese Recipe - Agnello Cac'...
Lamb with Eggs and Cheese: This recipe is from the Abruzzo region. Lamb is the signature meat of the
Breaded Cod Fillet Recipe - Merluzzo Impanato
Breaded Cod Fillets, or Merluzzo Impanato: These breaded cod filets are easy to do, and surprisingly tasty too.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Classic Italian Pork Dishes
Classic Italian dishes : classic italian dishes grilled pork chops recipe for spare ribs pork dishes layer cakes
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!
Spaghetti alla Carbonara - Charcoal Maker's...
Spaghetti alla Carbonara is breathtakingly simple: Eggs, mixed into cooked, crumbled pancetta and stirred into pasta, whose heat cooks them. Very tasty and very simple.
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.
Pecorino Romano
Pecorino Roamno is an anciant cheese, enjoyed by the Romans and still very popular even now.
Bresaola
Bresaola: cured beef from the Valtellina. Page 2.
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.
Don's Steak Pizzaiola Recipe - Easy Steak...
Steak with a tasty, zesty, tomatoey pizzaiola sauce, which Don kindly posted to the Italian cuisine forum.
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.
Cornetti & Brioches: Breakfast in Italy
The perfect way to start the day!: breakfast pastry grated zest teaspoon vanilla unleaded gasoline butter or margarine
Finocchio
Bulb fennel is one of the great treats of winter.: bulb fennel anise oil de agostini winter vegetables raw vegetables
Classic Italian Pies & Tarts
Classic Italian dishes : cassata alla siciliana classic italian dishes torta di tagliatelle torta di ricotta tagliatelle pasta

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