Picking the Right Rice: A Guide to Risotto

When picking rice for your Italian dishes, you are probably under the impression that Arborio rice is the highest standard. In fact, as it is well known in Asian culinary cultures, each rice variety has different characteristics that make it more apt for one dish or another. Risotto rice is made of two types of […]

The Grocery List Ferry Building Special Edition- Part 3: Cowgirl Creamery

In San Francisco, the Ferry Building has become THE place for fancy food shopping in a matter of months. Premium local artisanal brands (like ACME and Scharffen Berger Chocolate) are side to side with one-of-a-kind specialty food stores, creating an interesting “food vibe.” You can hunt for your perfect Italian dinner there- and here’s a […]

Castelmagno, An Ancient Piedmont Cheese

My husband is from Cuneo, in Piemonte, and ever since meeting him I have been introduced to all sorts of Piedmont delicacies I was not familiar with. Castelmagno is one of those- a hard cheese that is shaped in a cylinder, it looks like a small Parmigiano, and it shares Parmigiano‘s scaly texture and umami-strong […]

The Grocery List Ferry Building Special Edition- Part 2: Boccalone

In San Francisco, the Ferry Building has become THE place for fancy food shopping in a matter of months. Premium local artisanal brands (like ACME and Scharffen Berger Chocolate) are side to side with one-of-a-kind specialty food stores, creating an interesting “food vibe.” You can hunt for your perfect Italian dinner there- and here’s a […]

Incanto, San Francisco

I have mixed feelings about Incanto. We did have a fabulous dinner there, and all the dishes were very well executed with the highest quality ingredients. However, I felt that the menu was a bit skewed toward Italian-fusion rather than original Italian, which is what I like to focus on. I will skip the more […]