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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…

Theme Parks in Italy: Activo Park, near Perugia, Umbria

20 April, 2020
Umbria is undoubtedly one of Italy’s most beautiful regions and now with the opening of this new theme park at Scheggino in Valnerina even more people will flock to it. Located in a beautiful green valley and threaded through by…

Italian snacks: party food from Naples

18 April, 2020
This is a great Italian recipe for snack food at your next party that will definitely keep the punters happy. Obviously, we have to look to Southern Italy for the biggest dishes in Italian cooking, and this is one from…

Culinary tours and Italian cooking classes

15 April, 2020
While this might be confusing for Italians who can’t understand why you want to cook while on holiday, culinary tours in Tuscany and other regions, are nothing new for tourists to this country. Generally aimed at promoting local specialties, the…

Pasta recipes: dried tomatoes

14 April, 2020
Dubbed by the guys on Gustoblog as a “new recipe”, it’s no news to me, having had experience with a more international style of Italian cooking. Below, we give you the run-down on pasta with sundried tomatoes.Ingredients: any kind of…

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”…

Real tomato soup: Italian recipes

11 April, 2020
Around the various markets of Italy, we’re starting to see fresh tomatoes on sale, and so we thought we’d give you the proper tomato soup recipe from Italy. It is a simple dish, but truly special when you taste the…

Italian Easter recipes: lamb soup

31 March, 2020
There aren’t many opportunities to try Italian lamb dishes, but Easter in Italy is one time when you can indulge. Especially in Rome, an essential dish on the table at breakfast, or Italian Easter lunch is “brodetto d’agnello” or lamb…

Italian pasta recipes from Sicily: "pasta alla norma"

25 March, 2020
This pasta dish from Sicily has its origins in Catania and is called “pasta alla norma”. There are various theories as to its name, one of which says that Vicenzo Bellini’s heroine was called Norma, and she was from Catania.Ingredients…

Olive oil Easter egg from Italy

24 March, 2020
While an olive oil Easter egg might not have much effect on Italian children who prefer Kinder Surprise Easter eggs, it could be an interesting match for olive oil buffs who also like chocolate.The unusual oil and chocolate match was…

Italian festivals: Foligno hosts pasta festival

24 March, 2020
From the 25th to the 28th of September, Foligno, near Perugia in Umbria, will hold the Festival Nazionale dei Primi Piatti or the National Festival of First Courses. In other words, we’re talking a pasta festival!Foligno’s historic centre has been…

Italian traditions: risotto and rice in Italy

23 March, 2020
While rice is said to have come to Italy either from the Orient or Arab nations, Italian rice and risotto is now an essential part of the Italian diet, especially in some northern regions where it is truly a pillar…

Italian ingredients: how to cook with artichokes

22 March, 2020
We’re currently in the middle of spring and artichoke season in Italy and while we love this traditional Italian product, cleaning and preparing the spikey artichoke variety can be difficult. Artichokes can be high in tannins and if you don’t…

Italian pasta recipes: Paolo's tomato and vodka pasta

21 March, 2020
We’ve got a special, personal touch to Italian pasta dishes today with Paolo’s vodka pasta. Basically the secret here is to add pancetta (bacon) to the dish, which apparently is quite successful when cooking for friends.For five people: 500 grams…

Easy pasta recipes: ravioli with walnuts and cream

21 March, 2020
One of my favourite pasta dishes (though I have many), is with a cream and walnut sauce. Below is this easy Italian recipe for a first course, that uses ravioli and cream and walnuts.Ingredients for two people: 200 grams of…

Traditional Italian recipe: gnocchi with gorgonzola

17 March, 2020
If you want a classic Italian dish that has all the tradition of Italian cooking, look no further than the simple but timeless gnocchi with gorgonzola (the smaller gnocchetti adapt themselves even better to this dish).Ingredients include one packet of…
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