Frittata di patate e cipolle (Flat Omelette with Potatoes and Onions)

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Besides her fabulous pastas, Angelina would make wonderful Italian flat omelettes or frittate. I loved them. This was one, stuffed with potatoes and onions, she would make often. Made from the humblest of ingredients, it left you soooo satisfied… A frittata is rather easy to make, with one slight tricky … Read More

Risotto: The Basic Recipe

FrankLombardia, primi piatti, reference, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes, Veneto8 Comments

Risotto: The Basic Recipe

Risotto is Italy’s unique contribution to rice cookery. At its most basic, the rice is toasted with a flavor base of sautéed onion, then simmered in broth that is added ladleful by ladleful. When the rice is nearly cooked, it is vigorously stirred with grated cheese (and sometimes a knob of … Read More

Aglio, olio e peperoncino (Pasta with Garlic, Oil and Hot Pepper)

FrankCampania, Lazio, pasta, primi piatti19 Comments

Here’s another super simple pasta that I call the “mother of all pasta dishes” since its garlic and oil base forms the foundation for countless other pasta sauces. It’s also the quintessential impromptu snack the Italians call una spaghettata. I’m sure all the Italians and Italo-Americans out there have grown up … Read More

Fettuccine alla papalina (Fettuccine for the Pope)

FrankLazio, pasta, primi piatti25 Comments

Fettuccine alla papalina

Fettuccine alla papalina, or “Fettuccine for the Pope”, is an upscale reinterpretation of the earthy spaghetti alla carbonara. The story goes that the dish was prepared for a certain Cardinal Pacelli, soon to become Pope Pius XII, who had asked the owner of a restaurant in the Borgo (the area … Read More

Pollo coi peperoni (Chicken and Peppers)

FrankLazio, secondi piatti6 Comments

This savory Roman chicken dish, also known as pollo alla romana, is enormously satisfying. Although you could precede it with a rustic pasta like an ajo e ojo if you’re really hungry, you can skip the primo, as we did tonight, but have lots of crusty bread on hand to … Read More

Angelina’s pasta e lenticchie (Pasta and Lentils)

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Pasta and Lentils

Of all the wonderful dishes my grandmother Angelina would make when I was growing up, this was my very favorite. And that’s saying a lot, since she made incredible lasagna di carnevale. Angelina’s pasta e lenticche (pasta and lentils) was very simple to make but involved three more or less simultaneous … Read More

Insalata Caprese

Frankantipasti, Campania5 Comments

Insalata caprese

It’s a warm, wonderful Summer-like day, and I didn’t feel like doing any ‘real’ cooking (yes, even I feel lazy about cooking sometimes) so I just threw together—almost literally—this typical summertime salad of tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil that we’re all familiar with. This is a ‘composed’ salad like the … Read More

Fagioli e tonno (Tunafish Bean Salad)

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Fagioli e tonno

Fagioli e tonno, or Tuna Bean Salad, is just about as simple a dish as you can make. If you can open a can, you can can make this salad! And it’s easy to double or treble the recipe if you’re expecting more dinner guests, or you just feel extra-hungry. … Read More