Memorie di Angelina

By Frank Fariello | Italian Home Cooking Made Easy

Shrimp Scampi

This blog is dedicated to continental Italian food—the kind of food you’ll find in Italy. But as long time readers will know, around this time of …

Seafood

Barchette di sedano con gorgonzola e noci (Celery Boats with Gorgonzola and Walnuts)

I don’t know about you, but when I’m making a “major” meal in the Italian manner, I tend to focus on the <i>primo</i> and the <i>secondo.</i> I pick up dessert at a …

Recipes

Zucchine «a scapece» (Piquant Fried Zucchini)

There are four quintessential Italian summer vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and zucchini. Of these, zucchini seems to get the least respect, …

Vegetables

Salsicce e fagioli (Sausage and Beans)

Pork and beans were meant for each other—think franks and beans from the States or cassoulet from France, to take just two examples. Italians enjoy …

Spaghetti alla Nerano

We’ve featured pasta and zucchini before, but this celebrated dish from the Sorrento peninsula is a bit more elaborate and intriguing. <b>Spaghetti alla</b> …

Tale of Two Spritzes: Aperol Spritz and Campari Spritz

Summer is coming to a close and the temperatures around here are already getting downright chilly. But it’s not too late to enjoy two iconic …

Peperoni al gratin (Peppers au gratin)

Here is one of the simplest ways to make peppers and, to my mind, one of the most delicious: <i>peperoni al gratin</i>, or peppers au gratin. Oven roasting …

Pollo al mattone (Chicken under a Brick)

<b>Pollo al mattone</b>, which I would translate roughly as “chicken under a brick”, is an ingenuous way of grilling chicken. The bird is butterflied, …

Chicken Recipes

Melanzane al cioccolato (Chocolate Eggplant)

Chocolate Eggplant? It sounds like a culinary joke or some newfangled fusion dish. In reality, <i>melanzane al cioccolato</i> is a perfectly orthodox if …

Recipes

Pomodori ripieni di tonno (Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes)

At our house, summer is a time for unfussy, often no cook eating. Even the most hardcore ‘foodies’ tend to get a little lazy in the kitchen when the …

Italian Food

Gnocchi alla sorrentina (Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella)

Potato gnocchi are pretty filling, the kind of food you may associate with the cooler weather. But, in fact, you can enjoy gnocchi all year ’round. …

Spuma di ricotta alle pesche sciroppate (Whipped Ricotta with Peaches in Syrup)

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. As I’ve mentioned before, dessert at home usually consists of a piece of fresh fruit, served <i>au naturel</i>. When we …

Recipes

Zucchine cacio e uova (Zucchini with Egg and Cheese)

Zucchini and eggs were meant for each other. They are found together in a whole assortment of Italian dishes, perhaps most notably as a frittata.<i></i> …

Italian Food

Gelato: The Basic Recipe

Today we’ll take a look at the basic recipe for everyone’s favorite summer dessert: ice cream! The Italian version of ice cream, called <b>gelato</b>, …

Agnello in umido (Lamb in Tomato Sauce)

Lamb may be my very favorite red meat. It’s more interesting than pork—as much as I enjoy it, too— and more savory than beef. So I guess it’s no …

Italian Food

Carbonara vegetariana (Vegetarian Carbonara)

As a longtime resident of Rome, carbonara is one of my very favorite pastas, but in the warmer weather it can be a bit heavy. One way to lighten …

Sugo finto (“Fake” Sauce)

Another of the many Italian dishes in the <i>cucina povera</i> tradition,<i> sugo finto</i> is “fake” because it is basically a meat sauce (<i>sugo di carne</i>) without …

Italian Food

Fragole all’aceto balsamico (Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar)

As I’ve written about before, dessert in our house tends to be nothing but a piece of fruit. But once in a while, I like to jazz things up a bit. …

Balsamic Vinegar

Pasta con la ricotta (Pasta and Ricotta Cheese)

<b>Pasta and ricotta</b> make for a perfect impromptu meal or weekend dinner. The mellow flavor combination of tomato, ricotta and a bit of parmesan cheese …

Ragù d’agnello e peperoni (Lamb and Red Pepper Ragù)

One of my regrets from my years in Italy is that I didn’t get over the Abruzzo more often. Just opposite from Lazio on the Adriatic side of the …

Italian Food

Cipolline novelle con piselli (Spring Onions and Peas)

This recipe shows how switching things around a bit in a recipe can result in a whole new dish. While many recipes for peas call for a bit of onion …

Recipes

Torta Pasqualina (Easter Pie from Liguria)

Savory pies and enriched breads figure prominently on the Easter dinner table. We’ve already featured a couple Neapolitan examples on the blog: the</i> …

Puff Pastry

Italian Charoset for Passover

It may come as a surprise, but Italy has a long tradition of Jewish cookery. Jews have been living in Rome since ancient times. Jewish communities …

Recipes

Pasta alla capricciosella (Pasta with Squid, Mushrooms and Peas)

My nostaglia for Rome often brings me to a website and Facebook page called <i>Roma Sparita</i> or, literally, “Disappeared Rome”. The site features a …

The Digestivo: A Beginner’s Guide to Italian After Dinner Drinks

This blog is mostly dedicated to food, but food and drink are ...The post The Digestivo: A Beginner’s Guide to Italian After Dinner Drinks appeared …

Single Malt Whisky

Petti di pollo al burro (Butter-Braised Chicken Breasts)

In <i>Italian Food</i>, the 1954 book that introduced the English to real Italian cookery, Elizabeth David includes a recipe for <i>petti di pollo alla …

Chicken Recipes

Lasagne agli asparagi (Asparagus Lasagna)

A good dish of lasagna is one of the most satisfying meals I can imagine. But, to be honest, a dish of classic <i>lasagna di Carnevale or</i> <i>lasagne alla</i> …

Riso in cagnone (Rice with Butter and Cheese)

I was an atypical child. The other kids would come home from school and happily eat their milk and cookies, but I hated milk and didn’t care much for …

Recipes

Lasagna di Carnevale (Angelina’s Lasagna)

Among Angelina’s generation, each of the female family members had a special dish that she was known for. My great-aunt, Angelina’s sister, who we …