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Italian Cuisine and traditional recipes

No chicken with pasta: what not to do with pasta

23 April, 2020
We looked at the golden rules as to how to cook the perfect pasta, and today we examine what you’re not “supposed” to do with pasta. This is one for the purists, and although I’m one to experiment with pasta…

Top ten things to do in Florence

23 April, 2020
Florence is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world; according to Travel & leisure no other city can be compared to it. So if you arrive in Florence and you are in a hurry, maybe this article…

Dinner at Italian Palladio's Villas: a visit to Veneto

23 April, 2020
If you want the ultimate Italian holiday, we can recommend a stay in one of the villas below. We’ve already looked at some of the masterpieces, in the form of Venetian villas, of the architect Palladio. From June to October…

Italian cooking: traditional regional vs national dishes – who wins?

23 April, 2020
Italian cooking will also celebrate 150 years of Italian unification this year, but the regionalism associated with traditional Italian recipes and dishes nearly always outweighs a nationalist interpretation of Italian cuisine. Over recent weeks, as Italy celebrated the date of…

Italian first courses: rice with peas and chickpeas

22 April, 2020
As we’ll soon be bringing you an Italian recipe of mascarpone and maraschino, we thought we’d go with healthy Italian food today and try a risotto with peas and chickpeas. This is a simple recipe but it takes some time…

Italian spring recipes: fresh fruit tart

22 April, 2020
Many Italians celebrate birthdays and other important events with a large fruit tart made from shortcrust pastry, custard and fresh fruit. Called a ‘crostata alla frutta’ you’ll often find it considered a traditional Italian dessert, and as we’re now in…

Italian dessert recipes: panna cotta with amaretti biscuits

22 April, 2020
Italian desserts are many and varied but one of my favourites is the traditional panna cotta. It’s light and can be adapted to anyone’s taste, served with forest fruits or chocolate, and today we look at panna cotta with amaretti…

Tiramisu variations: mascarpone and maraschino Italian dessert

21 April, 2020
There’s nothing like a traditional tiramisù to finish an Italian meal, but the original Italian dessert also lends itself to many variations. Here we present you with a variation of the classic tiramisù: a mascarpone and maraschino mix. It’s definitely…

How to make homemade limoncello

21 April, 2020
Limoncello is a classic Italian liqueur used for an afterdinner “digestivo” or “amaro” and you can find it just about everywhere. Homemade limoncello is probably totally illegal in the country where I come from, although some Italian migrants still manage.…

Italian food festivals: polenta 'sagra' in Lazio

21 April, 2020
An unusual Italian food festival celebrating polenta will take place at Castel di Tora, Rieti in the region of Lazio. The ‘sagra‘ will take place on February 21st at the gates to the historic town centre where an enormous copper…

Italian recipes: pasta with saffron and anchovy

21 April, 2020
Saffron is often used with risotto, but this time we’ll use this exquisite spice with pasta corta; an innovation that I’m sure you will love! Here are the ingredients: 200 g pasta (short variety); wild fennel; anchovies in oil; 1…

How to serve Italian cheese: condiments

19 April, 2020
There are many Italian cheeses that you can treat yourself to, and often the enjoyment is increased by choosing the right side serve for your cheese. With soft cheeses, aged cheese and everything right down to the simple ricotta or…

Italian recipes: rigatoni pasta with artichoke and sausage

18 April, 2020
This Italian recipe for rigatoni pasta with sausage and artichokes is delicious and easy to prepare. Here’s what you need:350 g rigatoni; 120 g ricotta; ½ cup milk; 200 g artichokes; 2 sausages; 1 glass of white wine; 1 garlic…

Italian recipes: pasta with porcini and zucchini

17 April, 2020
Fed up with complicated recipes which never work out the way one wanted? If so try this quick and easy Italian recipe for pasta with porcini and zucchini; it won’t have you slaving in the kitchen for hours!Ingredients: 350 g…

Italy's best olive oil from Rome at Sabina

17 April, 2020
In some ways, the Italian olive oil industry is in crisis, but leaving aside the negative, Italy produces a quarter of the world’s olive oil. Meaning that Italian olive oil doesn’t just come from Umbria, Puglia or Tuscany. Today we…

Christmas comes early in Cortina D' Ampezzo

15 April, 2020
Christmas in Italy is a well-planned affair and although it’s only October, in the pretty town of Cortina one can already feel December 25th in the air; the most sophisticated shop windows down its main street called Corso Italia have…

Food for tourists: take away food in Italy

13 April, 2020
Wonderful news for the traveller in Italy: a new brand is emerging for the so-called “baracchini”: kiosk or caravan style places that serve food.Sometimes the food is great, other times a purchase constitutes a real leap of faith, as you…

Italian cheese appears on postal stamps: made in Italy food

13 April, 2020
Italian cheese is being celebrated on the country’s postal stamps as part of a marketing initiative to celebrate “Made in Italy” products. Only select cheeses are being represented and in the future we will find: mozzarella di bufala, gorgonzola, parmigiano…

Recipes from southern Italy: "sanguinaccio" pie

13 April, 2020
This regional Italian dish comes from the south of Italy and is particularly famous in Campania. I was very tempted to write “bloody” cake in the title but thought better of it. In any case, the name “torta di sanguinaccio”…

Italian summer recipes: cold pasta with tuna fish

12 April, 2020
With temperatures going up and heat waves on the way a quick and easy recipe for pasta fredda or cold pasta is what we need!Ingredients: 180 g spaghetti; canned tuna, lemon juice; chopped parsley; extra virgin olive oil; salt and…

Easy Italian recipes: Tomatoes and mozzarella au gratin

12 April, 2020
Today we have a tasty recipe easy and quick to prepare: tomatoes and mozzarella au gratin.Ingredients: 300 g tomatoes; 300 g mozzarella; 300 g brown bread; basil; 2 garlic cloves; butter; oil and pepper.Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180° c.…
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