Polpo in Umido – Stewed Octopus

I know that for some people octopus it’s not very attractive, but it’s one of my favorite ingredients. I ate it in many ways, and I always liked them all. I could never be bored of it. I love it in salad with potatoes, grilled, in a carpaccio, the octopus “gallego”, “alla luciana”, etc. Now…

Agnolotti al Brasato – Pasta Filled with Braised Beef

Christmas arrived and like every year  I love to prepare the traditional good recipes of this feast 🙂 since I’m Italian I do Italian recipes, usually the ones of my area of origin, but from north to south in Italy there are countless traditional recipes for Christmas so sometimes I like to pick also recipes…

Rigatoni with Broccoli

Broccoli is another very good and healthy vegetable of this season which I really like to use. You can eat it as a side dish, usually boiled, but you can make also some very good pasta recipes, like this one 🙂 It’s very simple and you need few ingredients. Let’s see how to make it….

Ribollita Toscana*

As I probably already said, I love to eat soups for dinner, and this is definitely great 🙂 it’s thicker than a normal minestrone (someone say that you should be able to eat it even in a flat dish), because of the bread and because of the beans purée, but it’s very tasty especially one…

Castagnaccio – Traditional Italian Chestnut Flour Cake

Autumn means chestnuts, and in Italy there is a very particular and interesting traditional cake made with chestnut flour: the Castagnaccio. More precisely is a cake typical of the regions Tuscany, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont and Lazio, but it’s also made on Corsica island. We call it cake but it’s not really matching the common idea…

Porcini Trifolati

As I already showed other times, I love this season and I love one of its main products: the porcini mushrooms 🙂 In this new post I’m going to show one of the more common ways to prepare them in Italy as a side dish…and what a side dish! 🙂 it’s so great and simple…

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…

Risotto alla Zucca – Pumpkin Risotto

The autumn has arrived, and with it also a lot of great recipes typical of that season 🙂 It’s already possible to find pumpkins, so why not to start with a wonderful and colorful risotto? In Italy it’s a recipe typical of Mantova area and also Veneto region, so there the selected pumpkin is usually…

Pasta alla Pizzaiola al Forno – Baked Pasta Pizza-Style

This is a recipe that I didn’t prepare since a while, don’t ask me why because I used to love it 🙂 It’s a simple recipe, with ingredients which are very common in Italian recipes, and they are the ingredients used to top a good pizza, that’s why it has this name. What makes it…