This is a variation on Penne alla Norcina. We’ve nicknamed it “Heart Attack Pasta”. Be sure to add a glass of wine — for your heart! We think this is even better with Rustichella d’Abruzzo’s Fiori di Zucca, pumpkin pasta. Continue reading Fiori di Zucca, Norcia Style
Our panzanella begins with a quick toasting of bread cubes, tossed in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and salt, seasoned with Ravida Sea Salt. 1/2 loaf day-old Ciabatta Cut Ciabatta into 1-inch cubes. Heat 2-3 T extra Continue reading Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables
Burrata is a fresh, creamy semi-soft Italian cheese. Let’s call it a cousin to fresh mozzarella. Burrata’s outer layer is fresh mozzarella, while the inside is creamy. The soft, stringy curd is milky and buttery. Somehow it is Continue reading Burrata: Our Best Idea Yet
On Filippo Alampi’s recent visit (remember, he’s from Fattoria Ramerino in Tuscany), we selected Quattrociocchi’s Novello for a homemade mayonnaise (to serve with All-American) lobster rolls. We had a bit of time to experiment in the kitchen and in 10 Continue reading Homemade Mayonnaise with Quattrociocchi Novello Olive Oil
Minestra di Farro Recipe Courtesy of Pamela Sheldon Johns, recipe from her cookbook, Parmigiano! This perfect winter soup becomes buttery and creamy with the simmering of the Parmigiano-Reggiano rind, together with beans and farro.
Sooner or later, much of the country will be inundated by a storm. At this time of year, snow storms and blizzards reign. Is your pantry ready to make the most of your time at home? Recently, more than Continue reading Prep Your Pantry: Blizzard Ready Foods from Italy
We have so many ideas for cocktails crafted with balsamic vinegar! Add some flair to your next gathering with authentic Italian beverages, featuring balsamic vinegar, oranges, and even blueberries!
It’s here! We now celebrate the new harvest in Italy and the arrival of just-pressed olive oil, variously called Novello, Olio Nuovo, and Primo Raccolto. This is the perfect time. As the seasons change, and the light days darken, we Continue reading Celebrate the New Olive Oil Harvest in Italy
For a fabulously satisfying dinner, we recommend this Nero di Seppia Spaghetti with a quick tomato sauce and grilled scallops.
If you haven’t been to Sicily, don’t delay. It’s worth the longer plane ride, but be sure you allow enough time for the varied geography of Sicily. Conde Nast (creator of the map shown here) has a fabulous overview of Continue reading Touring Ravida in Menfi, Sicily