/Gastronomic Traditions
16 04, 2021

Bring Italy to Your Home Garden Courtesy of the Gusto Italiano Project

2021-04-16T22:33:40+02:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Markets|0 Comments

If you've ever grown your own produce, you already know this: nature is mind blowing. Growing anything at all seems like a small miracle. For me, especially when it comes to the vast and varied (and variegated!) radicchio family. This past fall and winter, it was emotional to sow and tend the seeds, harvest the [...]

20 01, 2021

Italian Eating Club and Other Virtual Italy-Inspired Experiences

2021-01-20T06:05:32+01:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Recipes|0 Comments

  Amici! I miss traveling and eating in Italy with all of you. And so, while we're still all online, I'm excited to announce KP's Italian Eating Club, a virtual community hosted by DEMI where we can all connect through our shared love of all things Italian. The interactive group chat is an ongoing food/wine/booze/cooking party. In the club, we [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]