Category: Food & Wine

Baked Artichoke Italian Restaurant

Artichokes, Vegetables with a Heart.

The artichoke is an ancient plant with evidence of its existence as far back as the 8th Century BC. Its culinary and medicinal use was diffused by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. Even today all parts of the artichoke are used in different recipes including the stem, the heart and the choke. The heart, of course being the most popular,… Read more →

Fettuccine Alfredo Italian Restaurant

Fettucine Alfredo: When love transforms into pasta

February 7 was National Fettucine Alfredo Day, but this year, in Rome, the celebration continues through the 14th, Valentine’s Day. Appropriately so, as legend has it that this popular dish was born out of an act of love by a husband for his pregnant wife. The story goes that in the early 1900s, in Rome, a man named Alfredo Di… Read more →

Parmiggiano Reggiano

The King of Cheese

“Call Me By My Name” ~ Parmigiano Reggiano, DOP Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the most popular cheeses in Italy; it’s really difficult to find an Italian household that’s run out of Parmigiano. Italians usually buy their Parmigiano Reggiano in pieces of approximately a kilogram each, and they usually take it home whole. Some will have a portion grated in… Read more →

Tortellini in Brodo - Petit Meat Dumplings in Broth

Tortellini in Brodo – Petit Meat Dumplings in Broth

Looking for a simple homemade meal to warm you up on a cold winter’s day? There’s nothing more heartwarming than our Tortellini in Brodo! Back in Italy, our parents and grandparents used to prepare this dish for the winter holidays. On either Christmas Day or New Year’s Day this would be served as a first entrée. The preparations were quite… Read more →

Pollo alla Cacciatora traditional Italian entree

Pollo alla Cacciatora – The Hunter’s Chicken

This simple plate, which is appealing to almost everyone, has a lot of debates held in regards to its origins and the story behind its name. First let’s get the translation settled. Cacciatore means hunter. In Italian alla cacciatora means having to do with a hunter, as in accessories and tools like a hunting jacket, hunting pants, etc.. There are… Read more →

bunch of grapes

Time for Wine

Time for wine – harvest, that is! There was an article posted recently that talked about the difficult harvest season that northern Italy may have to face this year. It seems that too much rain and low temperatures have had a negative effect on the grapes’ ripening process. Reading up on the harvest season brought me back to my youth.… Read more →

Alba White Truffle Fair

Tartufo or Truffle – There’s Nothing Sweet About Them

In the English language we are used to using the word truffle to refer to those sweet chocolates that were first spotted in a post-Revolution France. And when we hear the word tartufo we presume that someone means that delicious dessert of chocolate covering ice cream, covering ice cream, covering candied fruit.What a sweet tooth we Americans have! In reality,… Read more →

Lasagna Bolognese New York

Lasagna – My Way or Your Way

You can’t get more comfort food than a plate of homemade lasagna. But get Italians to tell you how to make it and you’ll get a handful of different recipes. The debate over this delicious, soothing dish can get quite heavy. The word itself has Greek and Roman origins but the discussions that arise in modern times have to do… Read more →