La Buona Tavola

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...
Pasta frittata is considered a stroke of Neapolitan genius

The “frittat’e maccarun,” Naples’ own pasta frittata

Around the first half of the 19th century , during the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies , Lent days were called giorni di scammaro and people had to eat...

Carbonara: one recipe, so many stories

Italy is always associated with pasta so I thought I'd write about one of it's most celebrated pasta dishes which is a traditional Roman recipe, and...

Kick your canned tuna up a notch: pasta with roasted cauliflower and tuna

Italians are one of the largest consumers of canned tuna in the world and for good reason. Italian oil-packed tuna (tonno) is a flavor packed treat...

Granita, sorbetto, grattachecca o sgroppino… Much more than ice and syrup! 

Sicilian granita has rougher consistency than gelato, is entirely free from air and has a sugar content of about 30%. It is made of water, fruit...

Hot! Hotter! Soft ‘nduja, the soft Calabria salami

Between green mountains and crystal clear sea, the region of Calabria offers a plethora of unique delicacies, including ‘nduja, a curious spreadable...

Frico, that stranger!

Frico, that stranger! Frico, or fricò to say it in Friulan dialect, comes from the extreme North-East of Italy, near the border with Austria. This...

Beer, the world’s bubbliest blonde, is more than 5000 years old

The history of beer is ancient and its invention may well be considered fortuitous, if we take into account that basically every type of sugar-...

Eat your piselli (and other Spring veggies too)!

There is finally a hint of spring in the air on the East Coast after a very chilly, snowy March. The air is still unseasonably cool but you can feel...

Pizza shows its modern version... and don’t call it simply Margherita!

Modern pizza rhy-mes more with evolution than tradition. After its recent appointment to the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List, the dish symbol...

Asparagus season is just around the corner!

So you may read this and, like my husband, wonder what would possess someone to roam ditches and pastures for asparagus when you can find locally...

Coming from the oldest portable oven on earth, here’s a still popular delicacy: testaroli

Lunigiana is a historical area nestled between Tuscany and Romagna that always survived on agriculture , a characteristic from which it inherits all...

The only mortadella is that of Bologna!

It seems its name has very ancient origins , probably rooted in the Latin word mortarium , indicating the mortar used to ground pork meat . \...

Struffoli and a little trip down memory lane

Have you ever heard of “struffoli?” They are deep fried morsels of dough that expand as they cook. Have you ever tasted “struffoli?” After they are...