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21 Reasons to Finally Take That Trip to Italy (PHOTOS)

"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words clichᅢᄅ for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at to help you make up your mind.<p>"I …

Amalfi Coast

Zuppa inglese (Italian Trifle)

<b>Zuppa inglese,</b> literally “English soup”, is actually neither English nor a soup. It is a classic Italian dessert, but the name is apt nevertheless. …

Pollo alla panna (Italian Creamed Chicken)

One of the hallmarks of Italian cooking is its utter simplicity, and few dishes exemplify this quality as well as this one. As the named implies,</b> …

Buying canned tomatoes

Here’s a special note for readers in the US, where buying canned tomatoes can be tricky thing. When I first moved back from Italy, I ran into all …

Taralli dolci, or "Nana's Cookies"

This is a recipe near and dear to my heart. It was one of Angelina’s signature dishes. When I was a kid, our family called these “Nana’s Cookies”, …

Tomato Sauce 101

I’m all for convenience when it actually makes life simpler, but it’s always been a mystery to me why people buy those jars of wretched “spaghetti …

The Italian Pantry

Every cuisine has a collection of dry, canned, preserved and fresh staple ingredients that form the backbone of its repertoire. These staples show up …

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 …

A Beginner's Guide to Authentic Italian Food

This post walks you through the principal types of Italian cooking you are likely to encounter from true Italian food, the kind they make in Italy, …

Spaghetti alla carbonara

There are a number of stories about the <i>origins</i> of this dish. The word <i>carbonara</i> refers to a carbonaio, meaning coal miner or charcoal worker. (Both …