Bucatini all’amatriciana

FrankAbruzzo, Lazio, pasta, primi piatti36 Comments

Bucatini all'amatriciana

It could be said that bucatini all’amatriciana and spaghetti alla carbonara are the ‘Romulus and Remus‘ of Roman cooking. No two dishes typify the local cuisine better than these two yet, like the two founding brothers of the Eternal City, neither actually comes from the city of Rome itself. L’amatriciana, … Read More

Spinaci alla romana (Roman-Style Spinach)

Frankcontorno, Lazio25 Comments

Spinaci alla romana (Roman-Style Spinach)

We all know that spinach is full of iron and other good stuff, but it has an undeserved reputation for being … blech. I’m not entirely sure why, but I suspect it has something to do with the school cafeteria spinach I remember from my childhood, stewed within an inch … Read More

Fettuccine «Alfredo»: The Original Recipe

FrankLazio, pasta, primi piatti38 Comments

Fettuccine Alfredo has a unique place in the multifaceted world of Italian cookery. The dish is famous in America and hardly known in Italy, but it is actually Italian, not Italian-American, at least originally. It was invented by Roman restauranteur Alfredo di Lelio, who—the story goes—invented it to suit his pregnant … Read More

Pasta alla capricciosella (Pasta with Squid, Mushrooms and Peas)

FrankLazio, pasta, primi piatti48 Comments

Pasta alla capricciosella

My nostaglia for Rome often brings me to a website and Facebook page called Roma Sparita or, literally, “Disappeared Rome”. The site features a entrancing combination of  old photographs and prints of a by-gone Rome along with amusing poems written in romanesco, Roman dialect, in the style of Trilussa. I recently … Read More

Polenta con salsicce e spuntature (Polenta with Sausage and Spareribs)

FrankLazio, piatti unici, polenta20 Comments

Polenta with Sausage and Spareribs

Rome is not especially known for its love of polenta, perhaps because its winters are relatively mild compared with those up in true polenta country skirting the southern rim of the Alps, but there is one polenta dish you are bound to find if you visit Rome in the cold … Read More

Broccoli strascinati (Dry Sautéed Broccoli)

Frankcontorno, Lazio10 Comments

Dry Sauteed Broccoli

One of things that most fascinates me about cooking is how a very slight change in technique, even using the same ingredients, will produce a very different end result. We’ve already explored on this blog the ripassare technique, perhaps the most common in central and southern Italian vegetable cookery, in … Read More

Roman Style Lamb Shanks

FrankLazio, piatti unici, secondi piatti18 Comments

Roman Style Lamb Shanks

Baby milk-fed lamb or abbacchio is one of the wonders of Roman cooking, in particular in the spring. Lamb that young is not often found in markets in our neck of the woods, but the same techniques work well with mature lamb as well. So the other day I ‘invented’ Roman … Read More

Bignè di san Giuseppe (St. Joseph’s Day Cream Puffs)

Frankdessert, Lazio, snack33 Comments

Bignè di san Giuseppe

Being a Catholic country, Father’s Day is Italy is celebrated on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph. The feast is associated with a number sweet and savory dishes, but none more so perhaps than the  fancy, sweet version of zeppole usually called, appropriately enough, zeppole di san Giuseppe. Romans  … Read More