Cooking Carbonara the right way (recipe)

  After pizza, spaghetti alla carbonara is probably Italy's most famous dish, but also its most controversial. Everybody knows that this plate of bacon-and-egg pasta is supposed to have a rich, creamy, sauce, but few know the real secret of how to achieve it. Outside—and even inside—Italy, people often cheat and add a little (or … Continue reading Cooking Carbonara the right way (recipe)

Torta salata di melanzana: aubergine tart (recipe)

It's no secret that I love aubergines, or eggplants as some of you call them, or ... well for argument's sake let's call them melanzane, the Italian word. So, it's no secret that I love melanzane and would probably eat them every day, if I could. When cooked properly, they have the same mouth-puckering strength as a … Continue reading Torta salata di melanzana: aubergine tart (recipe)

Salsa tartufata: truffle sauce (recipe)

  It's black summer truffle season here in the Tuscan Valtiberina and these alternative fruits of the forest are everywhere. Less pungent than in some other areas of Italy they are often served grated over pasta or grilled meat in abundance. There's one restaurant in the village where the set menu looks like its own … Continue reading Salsa tartufata: truffle sauce (recipe)

Nuts about pasta!: Sugo di Noci (recipe)

    Simple, tasty, vegetarian, and good for you, this recipe is a traditional one here in the Tuscan province of Arezzo. It can also be made easily in under twenty minutes. What are you waiting for?         Walnuts, which grow here in abundance, are used in all sorts of recipes from liqueurs … Continue reading Nuts about pasta!: Sugo di Noci (recipe)

Cotolete de sardele: Venetian fried sardines

    Cotolete de sardele (or cotolette di sarde in Italian) is another dish I tried for the first time in Venice while researching cichéti and discovering that I liked sardines, It's simple, can be prepared in a few minutes and served as an appetizer, starter, or even a main course depending on the quantity.   … Continue reading Cotolete de sardele: Venetian fried sardines