Memorie di Angelina

By Frank Fariello | Italian Home Cooking Made Easy

Coste di bieta gratinate (Gratinéed Swiss Chard Stems)

There are few things that bother me more than throwing out food, so I’m often looking for ways to recycle leftovers, use up stray bits of veg and …

Italian Food

Erbazzone (Savory Greens Pie)

<i>Erbazzone</i> is a savory vegetable pie from Reggio-Emilia in Emilia-Romagna. Greens are sautéed with onion and pancetta and enriched with Parmesan …

Italian Food

Pastiera Napoletana

It wouldn’t be a proper Easter dinner in Naples without a <i>pastiera napoletana</i> for dessert, as essential to the Neapolitan Easter as <i>struffoli</i> are to …

Baking

Frico

Spring is finally here you say? Well, not around these parts. It’s cold and wet, and there’s snow on the ground—comfort food weather. And is there …

Italian Food

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 …

Italian Food

Sformatini di fagiolini (Green Bean Timbales)

A traditional <i>sformato</i> is an old fashioned dish. It’s a dish that takes some time and care to make, involving several steps. The kind of thing many …

Italian Food

Spaghetti alle cipolle rosse e alici (Spaghetti with Red Onions and Anchovies)

What would the world be without onions? Along with their close cousins garlic and shallots, they seem to make their way into just about every savory …

Italian Food

Migliaccio di semolino (Semolina Cake)

<i>Migliaccio</i>, a crustless Neapolitan Semolina Cake, is a traditional sweet dish for Carnevale, may be less well known than the more iconic Neapolitan …

Dessert

Zuppa di orzo (Italian Barley Soup)

Italian cuisine is known for pasta, gnocchi, risotto and polenta. More recently many people have come to know <i>farro</i>. But did you know that Italians …

Italian Food

Cavolini di Bruxelles fritti (Fried Brussels Sprouts)

As the holidays draw to a close, we all want to eat a bit lighter. But with temperatures reaching record lows and snow falling, let’s not make it too …

Italian Food

Risotto allo champagne (Champagne Risotto)

<i>Risotto allo champagne</i>, or Champagne Risotto, is a simple but elegant first course. It is very much follows the basic recipe for a <i>risotto in bianco</i> …

Italian Food

Struffoli (Angelina’s Honey Balls)

<b>Struffoli</b>, small balls of dough fried and then covered in honey, is the quintessential Christmas sweet of Naples and its region of Campania. Although …

Dessert

Patate dolci alla griglia (Grilled Sweet Potatoes)

We said goodbye to our outdoor grill back in late October. Covering it for the winter is always a bittersweet affair. But the end of the warm weather …

Sweet Potatoes

Baccalà in guazzetto (Roman Style Salt Cod in Tomato Sauce)

Here is the “other” Roman way with salt cod: <i>baccalà in guazzetto</i>, simmered in tomato sauce. It may not be quite as famous as Rome’s iconic battered …

Italian Food

Tagliatelle carciofi e funghi (Tagliatelle with Artichoke Hearts and Mushrooms)

In many ways, we lovers of Italian food here in the US are lucky. The current popularity of Italian food means that you can find just about any kind …

Italian Food

Coscia di tacchino ripiena al forno (Oven-Roasted Rolled Stuffed Turkey Thigh)

There’s nothing quite so impressive as a whole roast turkey brought to the table for carving. It’s almost guaranteed to elicit oohs and aahs from …

Italian Food

Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan Kale and Polenta Soup)

When I think of Tuscan cuisine, first and foremost, even before the classic <i>bistecca alla fiorentina</i> as wonderful as that is, I think of its hearty …

Italian Food

Fave e cicoria (Fava Bean Purée with Chicory)

<i>L</i><i>a cucina povera</i>, or the cuisine of the poor, has become quite fashionable in recent years. Based on ‘humble’ ingredients (some of which have …

Italian Food

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> More often than not,<i></i> I …

Italian Food

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, …

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 …

Sausages

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> …

Italian Food

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 …

Italian Food

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 …

Italian Food

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, …

Cooking

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 …

Italian Food

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. …