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14 12, 2020

Recipe: Minestra Maritata (So-Called Italian Wedding Soup)

2020-12-14T08:21:51+01:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: Food & Wine, Pork, Recipes|1 Comment

I was a teenager when I first heard the phrase “Italian wedding soup.” Unlike some Italian Americans, I didn’t grow up eating it. I took the name literally, of course. Magazines and television hosts billed the vegetable rich, meat-studded soup as a classic recipe for nuptials. Wrong. If you’ve ever been to an Italian wedding, [...]

13 12, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get the Italy Lovers in Your Life

2020-12-13T05:08:31+01:00December 13th, 2020|Categories: Cocktails, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Sweets & Dessert, Wine & Spirits|0 Comments

My friend made a salami Christmas tree! This year can end on a high note! I guess one way to do it is to craft yourself a Christmas tree made of cured meats like my pal Silvio Imperati of Salumificio Cardone in Agerola. Another is to give gifts purchased from small businesses and [...]

11 12, 2020

Recipe: Pesce all’Acqua Pazza from Il Giardino di Candida in Ventotene

2020-12-13T02:58:19+01:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Fish, Food & Wine, Recipes|0 Comments

One of the many things I love about spending time in kitchens in Italy is that you always walk away with a lesson in immigration. At Il Giardino di Candida, a trattoria on Ventotene that bears the name of its chef Candida Sportiello (as well as the island’s patron saint) I heard of a community [...]

10 12, 2020

Recipe: Salento, Puglia’s Stuffed Mussels for Your Christmas Eve Fish Feast

2020-12-10T19:52:03+01:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Fish, Gastronomic Traditions, Puglia, Recipes|0 Comments

About this time every year, journalists covering the "Feast of Seven Fishes" reach out to me for a quote or some background about the Italian Christmas Eve tradition. Every year, I tell them the same thing: the Seven Fish Feast is a thoroughly Italian American tradition and that if you served a mere seven fish [...]

9 12, 2020

Recipe: Spaghetti Con La Bottarga

2020-12-09T08:59:28+01:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Carbs, Fish, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Recipes, Sicily|0 Comments

Mullet has been fished in these waters for millennia. Spaghetti con la Bottarga | Spaghetti with Cured Mullet Roe  Looking for a flavorful and simple dish for your fish-themed Christmas Eve table (or for any occasion, really)? This is the simplest, most straight-forward Sardinian dish out there. Bottarga di muggine, cured grey mullet roe, [...]

9 11, 2020

Focaccia Pugliese Recipe from Food of the Italian South Cookbook

2020-11-19T21:02:23+01:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Pizza, Puglia, Recipes|17 Comments

Just as Naples is the capital of Italy’s thick-rimmed wood fired pizza pies, Bari and its surrounding Pugliese towns are known for a beloved regional flatbread, focaccia. An olive oil-rich dough is baked in iron pans at places like Panificio Fiore on Strada della Città in Bari Vecchia, then sold by the slice. The pan [...]