La Buona Tavola

Arancini, arancine and supplì: what’s behind a fried ball of rice?

When you travel around Italy you will quickly notice that, in every single region, there are culinary traditions locals are not only proud of, but...

Pizza Pascalina, a slice of health

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food: it’s filling, it’s versatile, it’s perfect for sharing but also great to have on your own. A night on front of...

Viva la Pappa al Pomodoro!

I knew I had become truly Italian once I had mastered shopping for food on a daily basis (every morning) as opposed to a large once-weekly...

The Neapolitan dessert par excellence: Rum Babbà

Symbol of Naples ’ patisserie , the babb à has very peculiar and, indeed , ancient origins ! It reached Naples from Paris, city were the chefs of...

From the orchard to the table, summer in jar: la giardiniera

Summer gives us large quantities of marvelous fresh vegetables , but what about the winter ? As the saying goes , necessity is mother of all...

A cheese lover's dream: Burrata

Burrata was born in Apulia, more precisely in Andria, almost by chance: and thanks for that ! Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese that's very similar...

To Your Health: Salute Rucola!

I stopped by the local farmer’s market this weekend and found myself in front of a beautiful basket of freshly picked arugula. Memories of a...

Pasta con le sarde

A traditional Sicilian pasta recipe which I absolutely adore is pasta con le sarde - pasta with sardines. If you have a keen eye though, you’ll...

Mary Taylor Simeti, grande dame of Sicilian culinary culture

“Sicilian novels and memoirs that speak of food are more important to me than cookbooks,” says Mary Taylor Simeti, a grande dame of the vibrant...

Italy’s summer favorite: spaghetti con le vongole

With the arrival of summer in Italy, it’s definitely time to think about the pasta recipes that are celebrated during this holiday season. My all...

Biscotti or Cantucci di Prato?

The difference is tiny, yet it cannot be overlooked… “A sliced cookie, made with fine flour, sugar and egg whites:” this is the definition given by...

The crunch from Turin Napoleon was crazy about!

We all know it: in Italy, we love bread! These very crunchy “bread sticks” were invented in Turin in 1679, by the Savoias’ personal baker, who...

One dessert, many tales: tiramisù, its debated origins and many recipes

Ask anyone around the world to name a classic Italian dessert and many will answer t iramis ù . We tend to think that t iramis ù has been around for...

Terracotta: a thousand year long tradition

Sturdy yet light, with its typical red color it made the cupola of Firenze ’ s duomo unique in the world: this is the terracotta dell ’ Impruneta , a...

A stranger among us: bergamot

Calabria, more specifically the area of Rada dei Giunchi, holds the world record for the production of bergamot . Here, a temperate- tropical and...