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How To Fry Zucchini Blossoms
Zucchini and squash blossoms are (I think) one of the most delightful summer vegetables. They're good stuffed, but divine when fried.
Debunking the Top 10 Myths About Pasta
Clearing up the top 10 myths about pasta and how to cook it.
DIY Limoncello
How to make limoncello, Italian lemon liqueur.
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.
How to Bake Pizza in a Wood Fired Oven
There are two kinds of pizza: Pizza baked in an electric or gas oven, and Pizza baked in a wood-fired pizza oven, which is far superior. Setting up an oven is quicker and easier than you might think, and you'll be amazed by the pizzas that it will yield. You can also use a pizza oven to bake bread and roast meats, fish, and vegetables.
Neapolitan Lemon-Ricotta Carnival Cake...
Recipe for a traditional Carnival-time lemon-ricotta cake from Naples.
Make Your Own Nocino
Step-by-step instructions for making nocino, a traditional Italian liqueur made with green walnuts.
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.
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 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.
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.
How to Chop Onions, Garlic, and Herbs
Forget blenders and choppers! If the recipe doesn't call for a huge amount, it's quicker and easier to use a knife and a chopping board. And much faster to clean up after, too.
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.
Try a Glass of Italian Lambrusco Wine This Summer
Lambrusco is the perfect wine for a picnic, cookout, or light meal.
How to Make Focaccia - An Illustrated Recipe
Focaccia, or schiacciata, is a simple savory flatbread that's a fine change of pace from regular bread. It's also a wonderful base for a sandwich, and, when made with a topping, is one of the finest nibble-foods there is.
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.
How to Roast a Whole Piglet
The best known Italian roast pig is porchetta: A boned whole pig very well seasoned and spit roasted for hours. It's classic festival food, and a standby at markets and fairs. But unless you're feeding a huge gathering, and have quite a bit of experience managing a fire pit, roasting it's not practical. A piglet is, on the other hand, if you're feeding a large group -- say 20-30 people.
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 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.
37 Italian Ravioli, Tortellini, and Stuffed...
Almost every region of Italy has some form of stuffed pasta. A quick overview and many recipes.
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.
Italian Summer Recipes
During the summer months Italians enjoy lighter, quicker dishes that are quite refreshing. Here you will find lings to a great many lighter, refreshing Italian dishes.
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!
La Crostata
With jam, the flavors of home. With fruit, fit for a king!
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.
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.
Culatello
Culatello, the most prized cold cut of Parma. Page 36.
How To Salt Anchovies
The summer anchovy harvest was vital to Ligurian fishermen, who salted much of the catch to carry them through less abundant times. Here is how they salted (and salt) their anchovies. It's not difficult, and the results are superb.
Preparing Live Clams (or Mussels), and a Pasta...
Preparing live clams or mussels is quite easy, though it does take a little time to do. And the fresh shellfish will taste much better than anything from a can. So it's well worth the effort. Also, a tasty recipe for spaghetti with clams.
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.
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...
Funghi Porcini
Porcini are one of God's great gifts to Humanity, a mushroom delicate enough to flavor a sauce, yet vigorous enough to stand up to a grilled steak with Barolo. How to buy and how to cook.
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.
Penne alla Vodka
A recipe for Penne alla Vodka, also discussing the dish's origins and the role that vodka plays in the sauce.
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.
Lemon Ice Recipe
Lemon Ice: Aggie, who has kindly shared several recipes, says:
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.
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.
Oh, Fiorentina!
Tuscany's signature dish is the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a thick, succulent porterhouse cut. Depending upon how thick it is, there are a number of ways to present it, and here are a few.
Walnut Liqueur Recipe - Nocino
Nocino, or Walnut liqueur, is quite tasty and extremely delicate. It's also easy to make, and a great gift.
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 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
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.
Italian Rice Salad Recipe - Insalata di Riso
Rice salad, or insalata di riso, is one of those classic Italian summer dishes that varies greatly from cook too cook. This recipe is especially rich to give an idea of what can go into it. Feel free to tone it down or substitute other things to your taste.
Italian Pizza Toppings & More
Pizza toppings and Calzone Fillings.
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.
What To Do With Leftover Pasta
A great solution for transforming leftover pasta - a spaghetti frittata.
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.
Cappelletti
Modenese little hats, tasty meat-filled pasta for broth
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.
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.
Home-Made Ricotta
How to make ricotta quickly and easily at home
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.
Fiori di Zucca or Zucchina:
Zucchini and squash blossoms are an extraordinarily delicate summer treat. Zucchini blossoms are wonderful fried and delightful stuffed. How to select and cook zucchini blossoms.
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.
DOCG, VdT, DOC: what does it mean?
What the abbreviations on Italian wine labels mean
How to Dry Orange or Lemon Peel at Home: It's...
How to Dry Orange or Lemon Peel at Home: It's quite easy.
How to Bone a Chicken, Turkey, or Other Bird
Boning the bird is an important step in many recipes, and though butchers were quite willing to do it in the past, finding someone who will do it in a modern supermarket can be very difficult. Fortunately it's not too difficult. Unlike some techniques, which make a cut down the spine, this technique leaves the skin intact, making the bird much easier to stuff thereafter. The technique will work with chickens, ducks and turkeys.
How to Chop Up a Chicken - Cutting up a Chicken
One of the easiest ways to save in a supermarket is to do the preparation yourself. Take chicken, for example: If you buy it cut up into serving-sized pieces it's going to cost significantly more than a whole chicken because the supermarket will pass on the cost of paying the person to cut up the bird in the back room. The obvious solution is to do it yourself.
Starting the Meal: An Antipasto Misto
A festive Italian meal generally begins with a variety of appetizers, which are known as antipasti -- literally, before the meal. These antipasti vary considerably from place to place in Italy, but they will often include a selection of pickles and other firm vegetables, which are known as an antipasto misto.
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 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.
Frutta e Verdura
Frutta e Verdura: Photos of Italian fruit and vegetables, from local produce markets.
How to Make a Beautiful Procini Mushroom Risotto
Mushroom risotto is wonderful, especially in the fall when the mushrooms are freshly dried.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 make a Spinach (or any other kind of)...
A sformato is similar to a soufflé, but not as airy, and therefore doesn't require the care in preparation its French cousin does -- there's no danger that it will deflate. But a sformato is quite elegant, and also quite tasty, and therefore perfect for either a family meal or when company comes calling.
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.
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
Orecchiette
A distinctive Puglian type of pasta, and some great sauces
Finocchiona: Tuscan Fennel Salami
Finocchiona is a variation on regular Tuscan salami that is flavored with fennel seeds. A fine sandwich meat.
Pressing Olive Oil The Traditional Way
With a modern olive press the olives enter at one end, and the oil emerges from the other. Traditional presses are more labor intensive, but when carefully used give wonderful, richly aromatic olive oils. Francesco Nardi's press is one of the oldest in Tuscany, and his extravirgin olive oil is superb.
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.
Barbara Lucchi's Ciambella Romagnola, Illustrated
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Everything you wanted to know about Parmesan...
All your questions about Parmesan cheese - answered.
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!
A Tuscan Antipasto Misto: What's On The Plate
Tuscan festive meals usually start with a mixture of antipasti, consisting of cold cuts, crostini, and generally something else, either pickles or cheese or perhaps both, and perhaps a sauce or two. If you're in a home the antipasti will be presented in platters, which people pass about, picking and choosing. In a restaurant this is obviously less practical, and you will likely get a plate of antipasti like the one shown here.
DIY Wine Vinegar
Wine vinegar is easy to make, and this DIY recipe yields a homemade wine vinegar that's much tastier and cheaper than mass-produced, store-bought vinegars.
A Visit to Prato's Biscottificio Mattei - Where...
It's strange to think that the popularity of biscotti -- the flat twice-cooked almond cookies that have taken the world by storm in recent decades -- can be traced to one man, but it's true: In 1858 Antonio Mattei, a pastry chef who lived in the city of Prato, not far from Florence, opened a shop in what is now Via Ricasoli, and began to sell biscotti. They quickly attracted a following, and the rest is history...
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.
Mozzarella Lasagna Recipe
This lasagna with mozzarella recipe is easy, quick to put together and cook if you use sheets of lasagna that need not be pre-boiled.
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!
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.
Classic Italian Cakes
Classic Italian dishes : classic italian dishes cassata alla siciliana panettone milano panettone ripieno layer cakes
Cannoli
Palermo's classic Carnival pastry is delightful year round
Limoncello
True Limoncello is made in Sorrento, from lemons whose trees overlook the Mediterranean. However, if you have good lemons where you live (I'd want organically grown here), you can get pretty close. And it's easy.
Anchovies by Another Name
Alici, or Anchovies, and an anchovy frittata. Page 6.
Classic Italian Pork Dishes
Classic Italian dishes : classic italian dishes grilled pork chops recipe for spare ribs pork dishes layer cakes
Finocchiona:
Finocchiona is a Tuscan salami made with fennel. Page 37.
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!
Simple Creamy Spaghetti alla Carbonara with...
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.
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.
Ossibuchi al Sugo, or: Stewed Veal Shanks with...
The best known Italian recipe for Ossibuchi, veal shanks, is probably ossibuchi alla milanese, which are slowly cooked, and then seasoned with a heady mixture of chopped herbs just before going to the table. One can do other things with shanks as well. Stew them with ground beef, for example, and this recipe yields an extraordinarily satiny pasta sauce, and a superb main course as well. Winter comfort food of the highest order.
Making a Zuccotto - An Illustrated Recipe
A zuccotto is a delightful combination of cake and ice cream, that gains verve from just a slight drizzle of liqueur. It's quite refreshing, elegant, and perfect for a when company comes calling. This particular zuccotto has a saffron cream filling.
Reef Spaghetti - Spaghetti allo Scoglio
Reef spaghetti, or spaghetti allo scoglio, is the classic seafood pasta made with all sorts of crustaceans and shellfish. It's very popular, especially in festive occasions. Exactly what goes into it depends upon what's available at the fishmonger's, but here's a suggestion.
Farro: Grain of the Legions
Farro fed the Legions, and is still one of the healthiest grains there is.
Pecorino Romano
Pecorino Roamno is an anciant cheese, enjoyed by the Romans and still very popular even now.
Fresh Homemade Ricotta
Make-your-own fresh ricotta at home.
Blueberry-Blackberry Jam Recipe - Confettura di...
Blueberry-Blackberry jam is an inspired combination, and en excellent excuse to go berry picking in August, when blackberries and blueberries are at their richest.
Pasta:
Pasta: Sauce or Gravy? Or Ragú? No matter what you call it, it's satisfying.
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.
Luganega Sausages
Luganega sausages, one with fennel and the other with hot pepper. Page 16.
Vinegar: Making it from Wine
Wine vinegar is easy to make, and the home made wine vinegar is much better than commercially made wine vinegar
How To Select A Fish and Estimate Its Cooking...
There's nothing worse than overripe fish. Here's how to avoid it, and how to estimate how long you should cook what you buy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impruneta's Peposo: An Illustrated Recipe
Peposo is Impruneta's signature stew, a zesty, peppery beef stew that can easily match any chili out there. And it's easy to make, too!
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.
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.
Simone Ciattini's Panzanella, Illustrated
Panzanella is a Tuscan summer bread salad: peasant food, and a way of making stale bread palatable when there was little else to go with it. Panzanella has become considerably richer since the end of the War, because people can now afford to add more of the other ingredients that support the bread, and it is an extremely popular summer dish.
Pasta alla Carrettiera Recipe - Cart-Driver's...
Pasta alla Carrettiera means Card-Driver's Sauce, and is the sort of thing one expects to find in a truck stop -- simple, tasty, and satisfying. It's usually pasta served with a spicy tomato sauce, though there are also unusual variations on the theme.
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.
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.
Cinghiale: Wild Boar
Italy has a vibrant wild boar population, and many recipes for preparing wild boar.
Picnic Foods
With the arrival of the summer months, Italians flee the cities whenever possible -- down to the shore to catch some rays, or up into the mountains to escape the heat. Food plays an important part in this, especially in escapes to the hills, where, come lunch time folding chairs, picnic tables, and coolers appear, and everyone settles in the shade of the trees....
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.
Finocchio
Bulb fennel is one of the great treats of winter.
6 Unspoken Italian Coffee Rules
Six rules for ordering and drinking coffee in Italy.
How To Make Panigacci and Focaccette
Panigacci are a simple, quickly cooked flatbread typical of the Lunigiana region along the Tosco-Ligurian border. If you return them to the fire they puff up, and become focaccette. Hearth cooking at its finest!
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.
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.
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.
Radish and Olive Salad Recipe - Ravanelli con...
Radishes are not the most common salad vegetable in Italy, but you will find them in well stocked markets, and here's a recipe that combines the bitterness of radishes with the sweetness of Valerian and the savory notes of black olives.
Leonardo Romanelli's Pasta e Ceci, or Chickpea...
Though you may be more familiar with pasta e fagioli (pasta fazool), pasta goes just as well with ceci, or chickpeas, and this chickpea pasta soup is wonderful in winter.
Apricot and Red Plum Jam Recipe - Confettura di...
Apricot and Red Plum Jam: Summer in a jar!
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.
Tagliolini
Tagliolini, also known as taglierini or tajarin, are the finest and quickest cooking egg noodels. They work best with fairly liquid, creamy sauces. Page 2.
Beef Carpaccio from Harry's Bar (Carpaccio di...
A recipe for Beef Carpaccio from the legendary Harry's Bar in Venice, plus the story of the dish's origin.
Rana Pescatrice or Coda di Rospo: Anglerfish,...
Coda di Rospo or Rana Pescatrice, in English Anglerfish, monkfish, or goosefish (a North American cousin). Seen from above. Also, a recipe for Anglerfish medallions in wine. Page 22.
Blush Sauce for Pasta and Gnocchi
A delicate cream sauce with a pleasing blush from tomatoes: a quick and easy accompaniment for pasta or potato gnocchi.
Starting the Meal: Affettati Misti
A festive Italian meal generally begins with a variety of appetizers, which are known as antipasti -- a word that literally translates as before the pasto, or meal. These antipasti vary considerably from place to place in Italy, but they will often include a selection of cold cuts, which are known as affettati misti.
Porchetta Style Rabbit with Fennel Recipe -...
To cook a meat in porchetta is to cook it as if it were a roast pig, and though the idea of extending the technique used for roasting something as large as a big to something as small as a rabbit may seem extreme, there is a rationale to it: in parts of Lazio, Umbria, the Marche and Romagna porchetta is flavored with wild fennel, and so is this roast rabbit. You will need wild fennel fronds here, because bulb fennel isn't quite right.
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.
Favorite Summer Pasta Dishes
Italian foods are seasonal, with rich foods during the winter to keep the chill at bay, and lighter, more refershing dishes in the summer to help us deal with the heat. Here are some summer pasta dishes I especially like.
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.
Scorfano, or Scorpionfish
Scorfano, or Scorpionfish, and a tasty recipe for stewed scorpion fish. Page 55.
A Selection of Classic Italian Stuffed Pasta...
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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.
Tortiglioni
Tortiglioni are a little larger and thicker walled than rigatoni, and work very well with chunky sauces. They're also an excellent bet if you want to make a baked pasta dish.
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.

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