Couscous di pesce (Fish Couscous)

Franksecondi piatti, Sicilia41 Comments

Couscous di pesce (Fish Couscous)

On my recent trip to western Sicily for a family wedding, I tasted many delicious dishes, but none was more distinctive than the couscous di pesce, also known as couscous alla trapanese after the city and province of Trapani in western Sicily where it’s from. The fact that Sicilians eat couscous is a legacy of … Read More

Frittata al basilico (Fresh Basil Frittata)

FrankAbruzzo, secondi piatti33 Comments

Frittata al basilico (Fresh Basil Frittata)

Here’s my nomination for the easiest frittata ever: Frittata al basilico, or Fresh Basil Frittata. It is literally simply beaten eggs mixed with a fistful of grated cheese and lots of fresh basil leaves. It’s perhaps my favorite summer frittata, whipped up in 15 minutes or less, full of aromatic … Read More

Saltimbocca alla sorrentina

FrankCampania, secondi piatti22 Comments

Saltimbocca alla sorrentina

Chances are, if you know anything about Italian food, you’ve heard of saltimbocca alla romana, veal scallops sautéed in butter with prosciutto and sage, then simmered in white wine. It’s a simple dish, full of robust flavor like much Roman cookery. But not as many people know its southern cousin, saltimbocca … Read More

Sformatini di fagiolini (Green Bean Timbales)

FrankBasilicata, secondi piatti30 Comments

Sformatini di fagiolini (Green Bean Timbales)

A traditional sformato is an old fashioned dish. It’s a dish that takes some time and care to make, involving several steps. The kind of thing many people can’t be bothered with these days. But I think it’s well worth the effort. Not quite a quiche, not quite a soufflé, not quite … Read More

Rognoncini trifolati (Sautéed Kidneys)

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Rognoncini trifolati (Sautéed Kidneys)

Long time readers will know that I’m a lover of organ meats—the “quinto quarto” as they were affectionately called back in Rome. I love liver and tripe and sweetbreads and brains (although I haven’t had the latter since the Mad Cow outbreak in the 90s)… and, yes, kidneys. If they’re … Read More

Cavolini di Bruxelles fritti (Fried Brussels Sprouts)

Frankantipasti, contorno, secondi piatti37 Comments

Cavolini di Bruxelles fritti (Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts)

As the holidays draw to a close, we all want to eat a bit lighter. But with temperatures reaching record lows and snow falling, let’s not make it too light, shall we? Enter Ada Boni, the doyenne of traditional Italian home cooking and author of the iconic Talismano della felicità, … Read More

Baccalà in guazzetto (Roman Style Salt Cod in Tomato Sauce)

FrankLazio, secondi piatti32 Comments

Baccalà in guazzetto

Here is the “other” Roman way with salt cod: baccalà in guazzetto, simmered in tomato sauce. It may not be quite as famous as Rome’s iconic battered and fried salt cod filets called filetti di baccalà but it’s just delicious, although in a very different way. Simmering salt cod in tomato sauce—”in … Read More

Coscia di tacchino ripiena al forno (Oven-Roasted Rolled Stuffed Turkey Thigh)

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Coscia di tacchino ripiena al forno (Oven-Roasted Rolled Stuffed Turkey Thigh)

There’s nothing quite so impressive as a whole roast turkey brought to the table for carving. It’s almost guaranteed to elicit oohs and aahs from your dinner guests. It certainly did back in Rome when we prepared Thanksgiving dinner for our Italian friends. A whole turkey was a rare thing … Read More