Memorie di Angelina

By Frank Fariello | Italian Home Cooking Made Easy

Couscous di pesce (Fish Couscous)

On my recent trip to western Sicily for a family wedding, I tasted many delicious dishes, but none was more distinctive than the <i>couscous di pesce</i>, or …

Seafood

Peperoni ripieni di carne (Italian Meat Stuffed Peppers)

This iconic summer dish—and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s <i>still</i> summer—is one of many recipes for stuffed peppers in the Italian repertoire. Tuna …

Recipes

Melanzane a scapece (Marinated Eggplant)

In Neapolitan cookery, the term <i>scapece</i> generally refers to an ancient method for preserving fish or vegetables. The main ingredient is generally …

Recipes

Frittelle di pasta cresciuta con zucchine (Zucchini Fritters)

Who doesn’t like fried dough? Certainly no Neapolitan I know. <i>Zeppole</i> are a favorite treat at street fairs for a good reason. And the lesser known …

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

Pesche grigliate (Grilled Peaches)

Regular readers will know that a typical dessert in our house is often nothing more than a piece of fresh fruit. That’s especially true in the …

Italian Tomato Salad: The Essential Guide

Nothing says summer like <i>insalata di pomodori</i>, or Italian Tomato Salad. It’s a simple dish. So simple, in fact, you might not think it needs a recipe …

Frittata al basilico (Fresh Basil Frittata)

Here’s my nomination for the easiest frittata ever: <i>Frittata al basilico</i>, or Fresh Basil Frittata. It is literally simply beaten eggs mixed with a …

Bucatini alla Caruso

They say that tenor Enrico Caruso came up with this dish. Caruso, a native of Naples, had a love-hate relationship with his home town. After he was …

Fragole al vino rosso (Strawberries in Red Wine)

We’re in the midst of strawberry season, that blessed time of year when you can buy strawberries from local farmers that actually taste like …

Saltimbocca alla sorrentina

Chances are, if you know anything about Italian food, you’ve heard of <i>saltimbocca alla romana,</i> veal scallops sautéed in butter with prosciutto and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Recipes

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Recipes

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> …

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 …

Recipes

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 …

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 …

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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