14 12, 2020

Recipe: Insalata di Polpo con Le Patate (Octopus and Potato Salad)

2020-12-14T21:42:48+01:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: Basilicata, Fish, Food & Wine, Recipes|0 Comments

  Insalata di Polpo con le Patate Octopus and Potato Salad Thanks to millennia of overfishing, the Tyrrhenian Sea is rather impoverished. The most abundant species are small oily fish like anchovies and mackerel and cephalopods like squid and octopus. This octopus salad is inspired by Basilicata’s short coastline, where octopi are fished from the [...]

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, [...]