Artusi’s Solemn Sacred Less Than Penitential Menu for Good Friday

Good Friday (venerdi santo) is a solemn, sacred day in Italy and when it comes to food the menu for a ‘pranzo di quaresima‘, a luncheon meal for this final Lenten observance has a long and important tradition that goes back to the recognized bible of Italian cooking, Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well … Continue reading Artusi’s Solemn Sacred Less Than Penitential Menu for Good Friday

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Italian Bread Winners

The fascinating story behind two legendary Italian breads. Coppia Ferrarese,a bread whose twisted shape was first served at the ducal banquet tables of Ferrara. Coppia Ferrarese is a regional bread particular to the province of Ferrara in Northern Italy.  With IGP (protected geographical indication ) status similar to Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma you … Continue reading Italian Bread Winners

Italian Sentiments For Valentine’s Day

        Il giorno di amore is 7 days away and you’re shopping for the perfect Valentine’s Day card. Because just buying and signing that card and giving it to your loved one doesn’t quite cut it show how much you really care by adding your own personal Valentine’s Day message. And because … Continue reading Italian Sentiments For Valentine’s Day

Italy’s Aqua Cottura

A key ingredient common to all Italian pasta dishes is l’acqua di cottura, the residual water that was used to boil the pasta. Literally translated to mean “the water of cooking” or cooking water which they consider to be liquid gold. The water used to boil your pasta is makes your pasta dish more delicious … Continue reading Italy’s Aqua Cottura

What Do Anthony Bourdain and I Have in Common?

What do celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and I have in common? Absolutely nothing until I spent a Sunday afternoon in late October drinking wine and sampling porchetta and salumi at Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti. Now I am part of a select confraternity of those whose motto is “meglio spendere soldi dal macellaio … Continue reading What Do Anthony Bourdain and I Have in Common?

A Venetian Shadow

Just returned from from Venice whose fatal charm is still as strong as ever despite the crowded vaporetti and tourist hype. The reflected light off the water still shines as unique and beautiful reflecting onto the colors of the buildings and still magically morphs into shadows. The light of Venice is legendary. Canaletto’s 18th century scenes of … Continue reading A Venetian Shadow

Let’s Get Smashed in Bergamo

You like polenta right?  . . . and you like cheese. Then you're ready to smoosh the two together in a Northern Lombardian dish from Bergamo called schisola (schisol) which means “squished” in the Bergamascan dialect. Bergamo is located in the scenic Italian foothills, a 45 minute train ride from Milan. The town is both modern and … Continue reading Let’s Get Smashed in Bergamo