Erbazzone (Savory Greens Pie)

Frankantipasti, Emilia-Romagna42 Comments

Erbazzone

Erbazzone is a savory vegetable pie from Reggio-Emilia in Emilia-Romagna. Greens are sautéed with onion and pancetta and enriched with Parmesan cheese, encased in a crust made from an unleavened dough of flour and water enriched with oil or lard called pasta matta, and then baked. Simple, honest food, made from humble ingredients in … Read More

Fragole all’aceto balsamico (Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar)

Frankdessert, Emilia-Romagna40 Comments

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

As I’ve written about before, dessert in our house tends to be nothing but a piece of fruit. But once in a while, I like to jazz things up a bit. And, truth be told, even if they usually look appetizing, most fruit in these times of industrial agriculture needs help in the … Read More

Lasagne agli asparagi (Asparagus Lasagna)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, pasta, primi piatti, Spring73 Comments

Asparagus Lasagna

A good dish of lasagna is one of the most satisfying meals I can imagine. But, to be honest, a dish of classic lasagna di Carnevale or lasagne alla bolognese can be a bit on the heavy side, especially as the weather gets warmer. That’s the beauty of vegetarian lasagne. If not … Read More

Il Gran Bollito Misto (Mixed Boiled Meat)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, Piemonte, secondi piatti, Winter21 Comments

Mixed Boiled Meat

We usually think of boiled meat as a by-product of making broth, a humble if comforting dish for parsimonious souls. But in northern Italy, particularly in the Piemonte and Emilia-Romagna, they’ve transformed the dish into a regal spread. Traditionally, a true Gran Bollito Misto includes seven different cuts (tagli) of beef … Read More

Zuppa inglese (Italian Trifle)

Frankdessert, Emilia-Romagna, Toscana40 Comments

Zuppa inglese (Italian Trifle)

Zuppa inglese, literally “English soup”, is actually neither English nor a soup. It is a classic Italian dessert, but the name is apt nevertheless. Its texture is very reminiscent of the bread-thickened soups so typical of the cookery of central Italy, only sweet and cool rather than savory and hot—a … Read More

Tortellini fatti in casa (Homemade Tortellini)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, pasta, primi piatti, Soups24 Comments

Homemade Tortellini in brodo

Among the dizzying variety of stuffed pastas in the Italian repertoire, perhaps none—with the exception of ravioli—is more famous than tortellini. These ring-shaped bits of bliss are ambassadors of Italian cuisine abroad and these days they (or aberrant facsimiles) can be found on the shelves of almost any supermarket. Within … Read More

Costolette di maiale ai funghi (Pork Chops with Mushrooms)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, Fall, secondi piatti, Winter23 Comments

Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce

You could probably devote a small cookbook just to Italian veal chop recipes, but with the price of veal being what it is, I usually do what many Italians do and turn to pork. The taste of pork is different, of course, but most veal recipes translate quite well into … Read More

Tortelli di zucca (Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, Fall, Lombardia, pasta, primi piatti, Winter29 Comments

homemade pumpkin ravioli

One of the nicest parts of this, my favorite season, is the arrival of wonderful produce: mushrooms, endive, chestnuts, cabbage, radicchio… but for me no other vegetable is as typical of the season as hard squashes. They are sometimes called ‘winter squashes’ but they start appearing in the early autumn and … Read More