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 [...]

5 11, 2020

U’ Pan’ Cuott’ (Baked Bread and Provolone Casserole)

2020-11-05T19:51:38+01:00November 5th, 2020|Categories: Basilicata, Carbs, Recipes, Travel|0 Comments

  Are you in the market for an easy, delicious, and potentially creative new way to eat bread? Meet u’ pan’ cuott’ (Bernaldese dialect for pan cotto, “cooked bread”). It's a bread and cheese casserole from Bernalda, a town in Basilicata best known as the ancestral village of Francis Ford Coppola.  This peasant dish features stale [...]

4 11, 2020

Paccheri alla Cilentana, A Pasta Dish Inspired by Coastal Campania

2020-11-03T07:45:15+01:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Recipes, Travel|0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcFAP2Mvgz4   Back in the beforetimes, I visited Home & Family on the Hallmark Cannel to make this recipe from Food of the Italian South with Debbie Matenopoulos & the gang. You can watch the broadcast above and cook along using the recipe below.   Paccheri alla Cilentana (Paccheri with Capers, Olives, Anchovies, and Fried Bread Crumbs) [...]