Venetian cichéto of the week #1 (recipe)

  Venice is a city that most experience on foot. Even those residents that have boats do an awful lot of walking and most of that on unforgiving flagstones, and bridges that rise and fall five feet in space of a few yards. With all that walking, especially in the summer when temperatures regularly top … Continue reading Venetian cichéto of the week #1 (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)

The Other Face of Florence: Review

  Last week I was invited by Eating Italy Food Tours to take part in their new guided tour, The Other Side of Florence. The tour covers two quarters of the Oltrarno area, San Frediano and Santo Spirito on the southern side of the river, and area not usually visited by tourists despite their proximity … Continue reading The Other Face of Florence: Review

Semifreddo con saba (recipe)

                                            Is it ice-cream? Is it gelato? No, it's semifreddo, a deliciously simple dessert made from freezing whipped cream. It has quite a light consistency, caused by the air in the cream and all … Continue reading Semifreddo con saba (recipe)

Pasticcio di tortellini: tortellini pie from Modena

  Ever since I came back from Modena, I've been dreaming of this pie. Having grown up in England, I love big, traditional, English pies such as pork pies and the game pies you see in TV costume dramas weighing down many a seventeenth-century table. This is the closest thing I've found in Italian cuisine … Continue reading Pasticcio di tortellini: tortellini pie from Modena