July 24 2015 / Food & Wine

Shrimp and Fruit Salad

Sardegna

The heat wave enveloping Italy during the past weeks has made it too hot for cooking the usual dishes. Here is


July 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Umbrian Lentil Soup

Umbria

For about 6 persons Ingredients: 1 lb lentils 1 carrot, finely-chopped 1 medium-sized stalk of celery, finely-chopped 1 small white


April 17 2015 / Events

In Foligno, “a Galileo Universe”

Foligno, Umbria

Where else can you join a Saturday night rapt crowd ranging from teens to the elderly in a 14th-century frescoed


April 2 2015 / Food & Wine

Spring’s Secret Agent

Sant'Agata de' Goti, Campania

The other day I was walking by the pharmacy in my little town of S. Agata dè Goti. It is


March 25 2015 / Local Interest

The Battle of Pavia

Pavia, Lombardia

On February the 24th, 1525, exactly 490 years ago now, the decisive battle that determined the supremacy over Northern Italy


March 12 2015 / Food & Wine

More than a Snack, this “Ciancino”

San Macario in Piano, Tuscany

West of Lucca in this nondescript village, you’ll note a rotund wine cask on the right with vino sfuso (wine by


August 7 2014 / Food & Wine

Make it Peachy!

Italy

Back in our “farming years,” we’d ride our old Gilera motorcycle to nearby Bettona for peach-picking in July. I’d rather


April 30 2014 / Food & Wine

The Humble yet Almighty Polpetta

Milan, Lombardia

This note on polpette is related to our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The Revenge of the Milanese Butcher! (Please


February 28 2014 / Food & Wine

Pasta col Nero di Seppia

Cefalù, Sicily

As you know Italian cooking is regional and seasonal, so no polenta down here and probably not much pasta con


February 24 2014 / Food & Wine

Time for Castagnole

Piegaro, Umbria

During the weeks of Carnevale, it is a tradition to eat a lot of sweets because we want to pig


February 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Rita’s Radicchio Risotto Recipe

Rome, Italy

We are proud to present an… Extra Content Note! ..the first in a series, to sincerely say “Thank You!” to


January 30 2014 / Food & Wine

The Torcolo of San Costanzo

Perugia, Umbria

The Torcolo di San Costanzo is a rich raisin, pinon, and citron-laden, sweet bread created in honor of San Costanzo,


October 10 2013 / Food & Wine

In Umbrian Fig Heaven: Figs Everywhere!

Piegaro, Umbria

In the weekly markets, in the village alimentari (grocery store) and hiding beneath the large leaves of the trees surrounding Piegaro,


February 26 2013 / Food & Wine

Persimmon Nut Bread of the Gods

Umbria

Drive through the late fall/early winter Umbrian countryside and you might be lucky enough to see a tree with orange


February 8 2013 / Food & Wine

Rita’s Carbonara

Rome, Lazio

Pasta, bacon, and eggs. Simple as that. Sum of its parts, right? Or take another work of art, a Caravaggio


September 14 2010 / Food & Wine

Nocino

Italy

There’s quite a penchant around here for bitter digestive liqueurs made with infusions of vegetables or herbs and spices. All


July 29 2010 / Food & Wine

Peppa’s Panzanella

Pian della Pieve, Umbria

In the Mediterranean world – and diet – bread is not only the “staff of life, it approaches sacrality. There


June 4 2010 / Food & Wine

Peppa’s Pasta Primavera

Umbria

Unusually hot this year and the wild asparagus just keeps coming! Years ago Kerchiefed farmwomen would sell bunches of the


October 9 2009 / Food & Wine

Use Your Zucca

Autumn is approaching. The nights are cooling, the leaves are falling, and the zucca (pumpkin) is on the vine. Besides


July 2 2009 / Food & Wine

Gelato, Granita…and Snow!

Italy

We have Emperor Nero, who lived in Rome and ruled around 60 A.D., to thank for his love of icy


March 24 2009 / Food & Wine

Incredible Edible…Weeds

Sant'Agata de' Goti

Caterina was carrying two big plastic bags. I asked her what they were and discovered that she was taking some