Pizzette fritte (Fried Pizza Rounds)

Frankantipasti, Campania, snack42 Comments

Pizzette fritte (Fried Pizza Rounds)

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: is there anything more primally satisfying than fried pizza dough? If there is, I haven’t come across it yet. The Neapolitans have come up with all sorts of tidbits made from fried dough, of which we’ve already seen two examples, zeppole and … Read More

Calzoncini napoletani (Neapolitan Miniature Calzones)

Frankantipasti, Campania, snack18 Comments

Calzoncini (Miniature Calzones)

 It probably won’t come as a surprise that Neapolitan cooks have come up with a vast variety of ways to fry and bake dough. Pizza is, by far, the most famous internationally and most people will have heard of calzones, and zeppoles, but there is much more to the Neapolitan … Read More

Frullato di frutta (Italian Fruit Smoothie)

Frankbeverage, snack, summer21 Comments

Frullato (Fruit Smoothie)

This one is so simple you might wonder why I am even posting about it. It’s what some of my fellow bloggers might call a ‘non-recipe’.  And yet, the frullato is so essential to the Italian summertime food culture that it would be malpractice not to mention it. And besides, it’s … Read More

Funghi in pastella (Mushroom Fritters)

Frankantipasti, contorno, Puglia, snack26 Comments

Funghi in pastella (Mushroom Fritters)

I was so very pleased to read in the paper the other day that frying need not to be bad for you, especially if you fry in olive oil. The news didn’t come as a surprise—I had always figured if Angelina managed to live to be 98 eating fried foods … Read More

Radis, beurre et sel (Radishes with Butter and Salt)—A Study in Culinary Balance

Frankantipasti, snack13 Comments

Radishes with Butter and Salt

I’ve been convinced for a long time now that really good cooking basically comes down to two things:  technique and balance. The first requires some skill but can be learned by most people with enough practice, practice, practice. The second is more subtle and elusive. Yes, there are some basic … Read More

Polpette di melanzane (Eggplant Meatballs)

Frankantipasti, primi piatti, Puglia, snack, summer33 Comments

Eggplant Meatballs

The cooking of Puglia, the region that encompasses the ‘heel’ of the Italian peninsula on the Adriatic Sea, deserves to be much better known. It practically defines the Mediterranean diet, with a strong focus on simply prepared fruits of the sea and fresh produce like fava beans, cime di rape … Read More

Frittata di zucchine (Zucchini Frittata)

Frankantipasti, snack, summer21 Comments

Frittata di zucchine (Zucchini Frittata)

A frittata is another one of those dishes that lends itself well to the dog days of summer: quick and easy to prepare, amenable to eating hot or cold, and it keeps well, overnight or even longer. And, of course, it can accommodate an almost infinite variety of fillings that … Read More

Pane Burro e Alici (Bread Butter and Anchovies)

Frankantipasti, snack, summer25 Comments

Pane burro e alici (Butter and Anchovies on Bread)

I don’t know about you, but when temperatures rise into triple-digits (on the Fahrenheit scale) as they have lately in much of the Northern Hemisphere, even my enthusiasm for cooking begins to lag. That, and our impeding house move, has meant that any cooking that I do indulge in these … Read More