“How To Recognize Them” – Italian Dry Cured Hams

Often outside Italy I hear people referring to “Italian prosciutto”, but that definition doesn’t mean much, and it doesn’t guarantee automatically if it’s a good product or not 🙂 there are so many varieties of cured ham in Italy, with different characteristics, that to be appropriate we should talk at the plural, and we have to…

Pasta e Lenticchie – Pasta and Lentils, Neapolitan Style

Here it is another very good traditional pasta recipe coming from the area of Naples, following the similar previous ones made with beans, with chickpeas and with potatoes 🙂 Lentils are a very good and healthy legume, rich in proteins and in iron. There are various types of lentils, with different colors, shapes, size. And…

Breaded Pike Fillet on Spring Onion Cream

This is an easy and simple recipe I thought at the moment to prepare something different with some northern pike fillets I still had in my freezer 🙂 I really like pike, but my favorite recipes with it are usually made by boiling it. This time I tried to coat it in breadcrumbs and to…

Risotto alla Milanese (Traditional Recipe with Beef Bone Marrow)

This recipe is one of the most famous culinary symbols of the city of Milan. It’s another old recipe with a long history: the first verified recipes date back to the beginning of the XIX century (there are legends about its history that allegedly date back even to the XVI century, but in all the…

Peposo – Traditional Tuscan Stew

This is a very tasty and juicy recipe, typical of Tuscany and more precisely of Florence area. It’s a very old recipe, and its complete name is “Peposo alla fornacina” or “Peposo dell’Impruneta“, because it was created in the XV century by some brick cookers at the kilns situated at Impruneta, a town on the hills…

Polenta

Following a post about Baccalà, here it comes the post about the other traditional dish that composes part of my blog’s name 🙂 Polenta, just the name reminds me automatically rich stews or roasted meat recipes, especially those which are usually prepared in the winter season (but not only)! Those kind of intense flavors, juicy meats, tasty…

“Bertagnì” – Dried and Salted Cod, Fried

This is a typical street food that you can still find mostly at the weekly markets in the villages/towns between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia. Basically it’s not much different than the fish in many others “fish & chips” but since it’s typical of my area of origin I would like to show it, and…

Frico Friulano

The Frico is a typical dish from Friuli Venezia Giulia region, and probably its more representative recipe (more precisely the area called Carnia). The dish is quite well known, especially if you are a food passionate living in Italy for sure you have heard of it, but I had the chance to eat it for…

Casatiello / Tortano – Traditional Easter Bread

Easter has gone also this year, and as always I spent a lot of time in the kitchen 🙂 A tasty lamb for Sunday (as usual), and for the Easter Monday this year I decided to make for the first time this very famous recipe of the Neapolitan tradition. Casatiello and Tortano are very similar:…

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is one of the most famous sauces in the world I guess 🙂 and I also have my favorite version, although I rarely do it. The mayonnaise is one of the base sauces of the classic French cuisine, it has a long history but its origin it’s not certain: someone say the origin of…

Pasta e Patate – Pasta and Potatoes, Neapolitan Style

“Past’ e patane” they say in Naples 🙂 Many times people tell me “you eat pasta so often? it’s not good”, so probably some of them could be shocked to the idea of pairing pasta and potatoes in the same recipe (“carbs with carbs, oh my God!“), especially according to some modern and trendy diets spreading…