A Package of Goodies!!!

My friend Stefano pointed me to Supermarket Italy, an Italian specialties online retailer. We have often bought from Capri Flavors before, but the problem there are shipping costs. Supermarket Italy is not fast, to be sure, but they ship for a flat fee ($6.99 for order over $50) and they have a pretty good assortments […]

Passatelli on their way into hot stock… Happy new year!!!

Passatelli, a homemade pasta-like first course typical of Romagna, my region, are delicious little complement to a hot stock in cold weather. They are a simple preparation, made on the spot and cooked directly in the stock. The ingredients are simple: for each person budget the following: 1 egg 1 oz of breadcrumbs (not the […]

Crema Pasticcera

Few items are as omnipresent in Italian pastry as crema pasticcera, the egg custard that fills morning cornetti, layers pan di spagna, and makes the basis for fruit tarts and zuppa inglese. It is simple, delicious, versatile and tasty! I made a batch at home and have made tarts, crostate, brioches and vol-au-vent desserts for […]

Focaccia delle Rose

Every now and then there is one recipe that keeps on sneaking upon me- maybe because people compliment it so much, or maybe because I have had it at a friend’s house and I cannot get it out of my head. Well, this special focaccia belongs to the latest- my friend Arianna made it a […]


Porchetta, an obvious derivative of the word porco, “pork”, is nothing more than what it seems: a roasted pork cooked on a spit for hours at times to create this delicious, moist and flavorful treat available almost everywhere in Italy. Porchetta is the quintessential Italian street food- very rarely you can order it in a […]