The Bacala Battles

The regional variations for the making of bacala, Italian dried salted codfish, extend even to its name which can also be spelled baccalà (in Portuguese bacalhau and in Spanish bacalao). Bacala came from the North in exchange for spices and found its way to the tables of Venice where it is cooked alla vicentina,  a popular dish … Continue reading The Bacala Battles

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The Pasta Wars

Italians are passionate about their pasta. Their feelings for making, eating, cooking and buying pasta are defended with strong emotions that run as deep as the Medici-Pazzi rivalries of Renaissance Italy. North versus South, dry versus fresh, fatto a mano or machine rolled. Every Italian has their opinions about the art and science of making … Continue reading The Pasta Wars