Patty LeDonne

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Eggplant Compote

Joël Robuchon ingeniously softens spongy eggplant by steaming it instead of sautéing it in oil. "Usually, cooked eggplant absorbs so much oil and …

Anchovy and Roasted-Pepper Salad with Goat Cheese

For Eataly's seafood dishes, Mario Batali enlisted the help of Dave Pasternack, chef-partner at his outstanding restaurant Esca. "This gives Dave …

Baked Penne with Sausage and Creamy Ricotta

This hearty pasta dish is studded with chunks of Italian sausage and mixed with a quick garlic-infused tomato sauce. It's then topped with dollops of …

Squid with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

In summer, most people don't bother to cook tomatoes. But Tom Colicchio likes to see what flavors he can bring out. "I was just messing around with …

Things I Learned Wandering Around Europe for 7 Months

<i>These things, traveling taught.</i><p>After five years a slave in the consulting world, I booked a oneway ticket to Iceland, and negotiated a seven-month sabbatical. Yes, in that order.<p>It's common to wonder: What did you learn? How did you change? What impacted you the most?<p>These are a few of the things …

10 best budget eats in Bologna

Bologna is known as "La Grassa" (the Fat One), and this friendly city can stake a strong claim to being at the heart of Italian cuisine. This is the home of fresh pasta, the famous mortadella sausage, and nearby there are the finest producers of Parma ham, Parmigiano cheese, balsamic vinegar. There …

10 of the best places to stay in Florence

Choice is not the problem when deciding where to stay in Florence, as walking through the centre, it seems that every other house, appartment block or palazzo is masquerading as a hotel, pensione or B&B. But finding the right price can be another matter, especially when you start checking out the …

My top 10 restaurant meals in Italy

This list is purely personal, focusing on the occasion as much as the menu. As such, I've made no attempt to be representative. Northern Italy hardly gets a look in, and a couple of them weren't even in restaurants at all. I'm sure you'll have your own suggestions and favourites, which you can post …

10 of the best boutique hotels in Barcelona

The ultimate boutique hotels chosen by Barcelona-based travel writer <b>Sally Davies</b>. Take your pick from the modernist Ohla Hotel, the kooky Casa Camper or Kelly Hoppen's Murmuri

The best experimental pintxo bars in San Sebastián

Last week, acclaimed Basque chefs Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena, owners the famous Arzak restaurant in San Sebastián, opened Ametsa, their long awaited London outpost. Several notches down the price scale, in Donostia-San Sebastián itself, you can sample bite-size versions, <i>cocina en</i> …