Christmas in Venice: Pasta e fasioi

This Venetian winter warmer is considered a classic of the cuisine of the Veneto. It consists of a thick bean soup into which pasta is thrown to cook at the last minute.

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)

Presnitz and pinza: breakfast in Trieste

Located right on the border with Slovenia, Trieste, in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, has all the characteristics of a frontier town. The city has always been at the centre of an historical crossroads with the Venetians, Slavs, Austrians, and Italians all laying claim to it during its two-thousand-year history. Unsurprisingly all of these people … Continue reading Presnitz and pinza: breakfast in Trieste

Patience rewarded!: Amo Venezia (review)

  Last year, you may remember, I was in Padua searching for its most famous traditional cake whilst waiting for the rain to stop. It was almost impossible to find the pazientina but a long search led me to one of the last patisseries still making it and the only one I could find. Imagine my … Continue reading Patience rewarded!: Amo Venezia (review)

Tintoretto: a new Venetian dessert (recipe)

  This weekend I had some friends from out of town visiting and wanted to cook something typically Venetian. I planned to serve the mazzancolle in saor from the last post, a risotto al nero di seppia—more about that in a later post—but what about the dessert? Everyone loves tiramisù it's true, but I am a little … Continue reading Tintoretto: a new Venetian dessert (recipe)