Biscotti di Prato – a.k.a. Cantuccini**

I’m sure that many of you heard about these famous Tuscan biscuits 🙂 and probably most of you heard about the word “Cantuccini” more often than “biscotti di Prato”. **Actually the title it’s not completely right because they are not exactly the same, and here I would like to talk a bit about their history…

Pappardelle with Porcini

This is another wonderful ingredient of this season 🙂 I love porcini and I love all the wild mushrooms in general. I was lucky to grow up in a family in the Italian countryside, by the mountains, so my father and uncles always picked up wild mushrooms (and in the last 2 days my father…

Salviata – Sage “Oven Omelette”, Ancient Tuscan Recipe

This is a very simple recipe that can be perfect for a simple dinner, but also served as an appetizer. But I also like to use it in a sandwich made with a good bread and adding also some cured ham slices for example 🙂 It’s a very old Tuscan recipe, it dates back several…

Crescia, or Piadina Sfogliata Marchigiana – Italian Flatbread

In Italy we have several traditional flatbreads, they are really perfect for those summer days where you want something good but simple, and not too complicated to prepare. I already showed the most famous of them, the Piadina Romagnola. This is instead typical of Marche region, neighboring Emilia-Romagna. And like for the piadina romagnola also…

Wiener Schnitzel

Here it is the most famous dish of Austria 🙂 It’s a simple and comfortable recipe, but always successful 🙂 Let’s say immediately that the Original Wiener Schnitzel is only the one made with veal and fried in butter (or butterschmalz, the clarified butter, and actually also lard is a traditional option). This is what…

Lasagne alla Bolognese

Wonderful, juicy, perfumed, fulfilling, eye-catching, opulent…there are so many adjectives to describe this worldwide famous recipe 🙂 For me it’s simply a masterpiece of the Italian tradition, definitely one of its milestones, and if we consider that at its base there is the likewise great Ragù alla Bolognese, then it couldn’t be otherwise 🙂 Already…

Capù – Cabbage Rolls, Brescia Style

Hi, today I’m showing one traditional recipe typical of my area of origin (Brescia province, but Bergamo too): the “Capù” 🙂 It’s a word in the local dialect (which literally means “capon”, no idea why, I suppose that maybe originally it was a dish reminding a meat dish that people couldn’t afford), I don’t think…

Quiche Lorraine

Today I’m writing a post about a famous recipe of the French cuisine, which I also really like 🙂 The Quiche Lorraine is probably the most famous of this kind of French salty cakes/tarts, or at least one of the most famous. I had the chance to eat it in France and also here in…

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…

“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…

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:…