The Rovigo Ermine Turkey – An Italian Inspired Thanksgiving

Part of our Italian family is from the Veneto and although Thanksgiving is not an Italian holiday I can imagine that, if it was, the Rovigno Ermine turkey would be at the center of the table. Tacchino, turkey in Italian, is eaten in Italy but it's not prepared nor sold the same as in the … Continue reading The Rovigo Ermine Turkey – An Italian Inspired Thanksgiving

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Italian Cookie Crumbs Create Byzantine Art in the Veneto

A fregollata is a cookie from the Veneto region of Northern Italy with a crumbly, porous texture. In the Veneto, fregolotta comes from the local dialect word for crumb “fregola”. The combined ingredients create a mixture of large crumbs of dough (fregole) which you drop into the baking pan and press into larger “crumbs”creating one … Continue reading Italian Cookie Crumbs Create Byzantine Art in the Veneto

Letters from Italy

This header is from a letter sent to our Italian family in the US from our Italian family in Milano circa 1953. Epiphania Trevisan, our Italian grandmother, immigrated to America in 1920. Like many Italian immigrants, circumstances of time and place, marriage and duty caused Nonna to travel to the US with her husband Santo. Her … Continue reading Letters from Italy

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