michele becci

Artichoke and Tomato Sformato

Eat Your Veggies Italian Style: Artichoke and Tomato Sformato

I still remember the first time I crossed paths with a sformato. I was traveling through Italy with a few friends and we stopped at a local trattoria...
Swordfish with Capers, Garlic and Lemon - Calabrian Style

Recipe from the toe of Italy's boot: Swordfish Calabrian Style

Calabria sits at the toe of the Italian boot. This relatively undiscovered region is bathed in a stark pristine beauty from its sea through to its...
Pasta with Tuna and Tomatoes

Pasta with Tuna and Tomatoes

The fridge is stocked; the pasta machine is at the ready; and the pasta is drying. I am expecting a house full of company tomorrow and it won’t be...
Fish Market, Montalcino, Shrimp with Pancetta, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Little Fish Market in the Wall: Shrimp with Pancetta over Chickpea Puree

On my first few visits to Montalcino, I would pass a little closed door in one of the walls of the village. I was never able to catch it open to...
Blood orange olive oil cake (Torta di arance rosse e olio)

Blood orange olive oil cake (Torta di arance rosse e olio)

I can’t think of anything more Sicilian than olive oil cake and blood oranges. This Easter, I went looking for something to do with blood oranges, as...
Shrimp Buzara Style

Shrimp Buzara Style – Gamberoni alla Buzara

With the waters of the Adriatic lapping its coastline, Friuli Venezia-Giulia’s sparkling sea affords a bounty of fresh seafood, including a species...