Focaccia genovese

Frankantipasti, Liguria, snack35 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)

Frankantipasti, contorno, Liguria36 Comments

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

Insalata di polpo (Octopus Salad)

Frankantipasti, Campania, Liguria, Sicilia, Veneto31 Comments

Insalata di polpo (Octopus Salad)

Octopus seems to be enjoying something of a boomlet in popularity at the moment. Until very recently I could mostly find fresh octopus only at specialty Spanish or Italian fishmongers, but these days it seems to be everywhere, even making an occasional appearance at the fish counter in my local … Read More

Salsa di noci (Ligurian Walnut Sauce)

Frankgnocchi, Liguria, primi piatti26 Comments

Gnocchi salsa di noci (Gnocchi with Walnut Sauce)

 I would venture to say that, other than producing Christopher Columbus, Liguria is probably best known as the home of pesto genovese, or basil pesto. But the region produces another kind of pesto, known as salsa di noci or Walnut Sauce, that  deserves much more attention. The most typical use of salsa … Read More

Torta Pasqualina (Easter Pie from Liguria)

Frankantipasti, Liguria, Spring38 Comments

Torta Pasqualina

Savory pies and enriched breads figure prominently on the Easter dinner table. We’ve already featured a couple Neapolitan examples on the blog: the casatiello and the incredibly rich pizza rustica. Today we head north to Liguria to present another classic savory pie served around Easter time: la torta pasqualina or, “Easter Pie”. … Read More

Calamari in zimino (Squid Braised in Greens)

FrankLiguria, secondi piatti, Toscana31 Comments

Calamari in zimino

If you’ve read our Glossary of Italian Cooking Terms, you’ll know that the term ‘in zimino‘ refers to a whole class of dishes in which the main ingredient (usually seafood) is braised in spinach or swiss chard. And perhaps no dish represents this class better than this one, calamari in zimino, from … Read More

Pesto genovese (Genoese Basil Sauce)

FrankLiguria, pasta, primi piatti15 Comments

Pesto genovese

I’m old enough to remember when pesto genovese, the Genoese basil sauce, was a novelty in the US. These days everyone knows about pesto, to the point where it’s become a stand-by, especially in the summer when fresh basil is everywhere. Truth be told, though, as common as it is, … Read More