Lobster «Fra Diavolo»

FrankItalian-American, pasta, piatti unici, primi piatti21 Comments

Lobster Fra Diavolo

As regular readers will know, it’s become a traditional here at Memorie di Angelina to feature an Italian-American dish every Columbus Day weekend. This year’s entry is Lobster Fra Diavolo, or “Brother Devil’s Lobster”. A distant cousin to Southern Italian seafood and pasta dishes like spaghetti allo scoglio, its pairing … Read More

Gnocchi alla sorrentina (Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella)

FrankCampania, gnocchi, primi piatti, summer40 Comments

Potato gnocchi are pretty filling, the kind of food you may associate with the cooler weather. But, in fact, you can enjoy gnocchi all year ’round. They are delicious with pesto, for example, or with a simple tomato sauce. In fact, one of the classic Campanian summer dishes is gnocchi … Read More

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Frankgnocchi, primi piatti, reference38 Comments

Potato gnocchi are one of the easier types of ‘pasta’ to make at home and are most definitely worth the effort. The mini-hockey pucks that are sold commercially are, to put it bluntly, hardly worth eating—especially after you’ve tried the real thing. The best homemade potato gnocchi are as light and … Read More

Crocchette di patate (Potato Croquettes)

Frankantipasti, Campania, contorno, primi piatti, snack32 Comments

Croquette di patate (Potato Croquettes)

Crocchette di palate, or potato croquettes, are wonderfully versatile. They are probably most often served as an antipasto, but they can also do fine service as a lovely contorno, especially with fried meat or fish dish, or as part of a fritto misto, or as a first course instead of pasta, … Read More

Calamarata con Salsiccia, Ricotta e Piselli (Calamarata Pasta with Sausage, Ricotta and Peas)

FrankMolise, pasta, primi piatti8 Comments

Calamarata pasta with sausage, peas and ricotta cheese

This was a dish I made up on the spot one day, finding a few stray links of  sausage and some leftover ricotta in my fridge, and some frozen peas at the bottom of the freezer, to serve as a condimento for some calamarata pasta I had in the pantry. … 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

Tagliatelle alla crema di asparagi (Tagliatelle with Asparagus Purée)

Frankpasta, primi piatti, Spring13 Comments

Tagliatelle with Asparagus Purée

Spring is a special time of year. There’s nothing that lifts a body’s spirits quite like the green shoots and gentle sun of spring. And then there’s the wonderful produce that starts to appear in our markets—tiny peas, artichokes, slender green asparagus, fava beans in their hefty pods, plump strawberries… … 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