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By Frank Fariello | Italian Home Cooking Made Easy

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 …

Recipes

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 …

Recipes

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 …

Recipes

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 …

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, …

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 …

Recipes

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, …

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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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>, …

Dessert

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 …

Italian Food

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 …

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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. …

Italian Food

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 …

Italian Food

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> …

Baking

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 …