Stuffed Shells (Conchiglioni ripieni al forno)

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Stuffed Shells

Long time readers know that at least once a year, around Columbus Day, we feature an Italian-American dish. And here’s one— Stuffed Shells —that, though it wasn’t part of my upbringing, has a special place in the heart (and palates) of many Italian-Americans. As prepared here in the US, Stuffed … Read More

Focaccia genovese

Frankantipasti, Liguria, snack39 Comments

Focaccia genovese

Back in the day, one of our favorite places for a nice affordable meal close by the apartment in central Rome was Taverna Parione. Located on a small side street off the tourist-mobbed piazza Navona, despite its location it was the real deal, with excellent food, especially the pizzas and … Read More

Minestrone alla genovese

FrankLiguria, primi piatti, Soups21 Comments

Minestrone alla genovese

We’ve taken on minestrone before, with a base recipe that you can use to make just about any variation you want. But minestrone alla genovese, Genoa Style Minestrone, is different enough it really does merit its own post. There’s no soffritto to create a flavor base, no preliminary rosolatura of … Read More

Fiori di zucca alla ligure (Ligurian-Style Zucchini Blossoms)

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Fiori di zucca alla ligure (Ligurian Style Zucchini Blossoms)

Lucky me! I found some zucchini blossoms at our local market this week, for the first time in at least two years. Why they waited until the very end of the summer to start selling them, I can’t imagine. But I’m not one to look the proverbial gift horse in … Read More

Sgroppino

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Sgroppino

This Venetian invention is often described in English language sources as a “cocktail” but it’s actually sorbet, whipped together with champagne and vodka to form a kind of cold mousse. Originally intended as a palate cleanser between courses of an important dinner, today a sgroppino is typically served as dessert/digestivo … Read More

Cianfotta (Summer Vegetable Stew)

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Cianfotta

Cianfotta, also known as ciambotta, is a summer vegetable stew made throughout Southern Italy. Indeed, it belongs to a whole family of Mediterranean vegetable stews, the most famous of which is perhaps ratatouille from southern France. The version we’re featuring today comes from Neapolitan cookery, and more specifically from Jeanne … Read More

Braciole di maiale alla brace (Grilled Pork Chops)

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Braciole di maiale alla brace (Grilled Pork Chops)

I used to love pork chops when I was a kid, but I’ve more or less given up on grilling them even since they started marketing pork as “the other white meat” back in the 1980s. Generally speaking, pork is bred so lean these days that the leaner cuts like … Read More

Negroni sbagliato

Frankbeverage, drink, Lombardia, summer20 Comments

Negroni sbagliato

It might have been a mistake, but I happen to like a Negroni sbagliato, or “mistaken Nigroni”, even better than the original cocktail. In this “mistaken” version, Prosecco stands in for the gin that gives a classic Negroni its sharp kick. This version is less alcoholic and, to my mind, … Read More