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The Tradition of Baccalà

Salted cod, known as ‘baccalà’ in Italian, is a fish that has enjoyed extreme popularity in much of the Mediterranean. You would think such a staple...

Su filindeu: a pasta so rare it’s at risk of disappearing

This is the story of a dish whose origin is rooted in people’s own heritage and centennial tradition. It is the story of a dish that was born to be...

Uova del diavolo: eggs with tomatoes and onions

“Alla gloria di Dio, ci’a racommando a papà mio” is what my mom says every time she makes this dish – an Italian tradition of sending a salute to a...

Did Italian orecchiette use to speak French?

This popular pasta shape typical of Salento and usually served with turnip greens or rabbit ragout sauce may have originated in France where , during...

Speck, the “Italian smokey that comes from the mountains,” gastronomic expression born from the meeting between Mediterranean and North European traditions

This aromatic and smokey cold cut , whose name betrays its Alto Adige origins ( speck means “ lard ” in German ), is largely unknown outside of Italy...

Checkmate to bad olive oil: here are some simple rules to recognize a quality extra virgin

First of all , always go for dark bottles that protect their content from light and avoid its oxidation . Labels should give us basic information:...

Potato pizza and rosemary

I don’t think there is another food in the world that has reached the popularity or stretched the imagination as much as pizza. Let’s not get into...

It’s Not Just Pizza Anymore!

Did you know the United Nations considers pizza Napoletana a cultural heritage? In December 2017, the Art of the Neapolitan Pizzaiuolo, lovingly...

Prosciutto done right: process, quality and passion

Ah, prosciutto - that lovely, pink hued, paper-thin sliced meat that has delighted Italy’s residents for at least 3,000 years. Perhaps not as...

Brighten your Winter day: roasted cauliflower and kale soup

Cauliflower is having a moment, a big moment. Soon after the low-carb diet lovers discovered you could use spiralized zucchini as a stand-in for...

Espresso and nutella biscotti

Try to imagine a time without freezers, fridges, or canned food and we can begin to understand how cooking methods became not only popular but...

It’s Official: World Heritage Status for Pizza Napoletana

On the 7th of December, pizza Napoletana made it into the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. A huge success for Italy, but also a huge success for the...

Homemade gifts from an Italian kitchen

The holidays are here! If the thought of going to a crowded mall or buying yet another gift card leaves you stressed or depressed, consider making a...

Nduja Style salami

Nduja, pronounced “an-du-ra” or “an-du-ya” depending where you are in Italy, originates from a Calabrian village called Spilinga, the original home...

Bagna Cauda Day, where everything is allowed

This is a day when you are not ashamed to smell like garlic: you’re, in fact, almost proud of it. This is the day when you are allowed to go to work...

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