Risotto alla crema di scampi (Risotto with Puréed Shrimp)

FrankLazio, primi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes17 Comments

  As I have mentioned before, Rome is not really risotto country. But there is at least one risotto dish that appears on almost every menu in town: risotto alla crema di scampi, or risotto with crayfish (or shrimp) purée. It is one of my favorite risotti, but I hadn’t … Read More

Penne alla vodka (Penna with Vodka Sauce)

FrankLazio, pasta, primi piatti4 Comments

A quick post on this well-known but relatively new variant on penne all’arrabbiata: make your arrabbiata with less peperoncino than usual, just enough to give the dish a slight ‘bite’, and then add a shot glass or two of vodka to your sauce. Allow to continue simmer a few minutes … Read More

Penne all’arrabbiata (“Angry” Penne)

FrankLazio, pasta, primi piatti13 Comments

Here’s another signature dish of Roman cooking, penne all’arrabbiata or ‘angry’ penne, perfect for an impromtu meal or snack when you crave something spicy. It is a very simple dish—basically an aglio, olio e peperoncino with tomato and extra peperoncino added for more heat. Ingredients Serves 4-6 persons 500g (1 … Read More

Seppie coi piselli alla romana (Roman-Style Braised Squid and Peas)

Franksecondi piatti8 Comments

Strange as it may seem, squid and peas were made for each other. The sweetness of peas sets off the brinyness of squid perfectly. And the savoriness of a tomato sauce brings it all together nicely. This dish, as so many traditional Roman dishes, is really quite easy to make but … Read More

Peperoni ripieni di tonno (Tuna Stuffed Peppers)

Frankantipasti, Lazio4 Comments

Tuna Stuffed Peppers

There are so many different ways to stuff a pepper. Here’s one, Tuna Stuffed Peppers, that I particularly like. Stuffed peppers are commonly used as an antipasto or part of a buffet. But, to my mind, they are substantial enough to serve as a secondo. In fact, last night they were … Read More

Italian Food Culture: A primer

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Italian Food Culture

There is much more to Italian food culture than many people outside Italy realize. Mastering the art of Italian cooking is not just a matter of learning recipes but rather requires coming to understand a whole approach to the preparation and eating of food. This approach can be understood, among … Read More

Costolette d’agnello «a scottadito» (Roman-Style Lamb Chops)

FrankLazio, secondi piatti9 Comments


There is surely no meat more typical of the Mediterranean basin than lamb. Sheep husbandry began in pre-historic times­ and is thought to have gotten its start in Mesopotamia, quickly spreading to Asia Minor and southern Europe—it played a major role in the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, including the … Read More

Patate in padella (Sautéed Potatoes)

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Patate in padella

These pan-fried potatoes make for a wonderful accompaniment to lamb and other meat dishes, and they are incredibly simple and easy to make: Peel and cut waxy, yellow-fleshed potatoes into wedges, put them in a non-stick frying pan with olive oil, a sprig of rosemary and a slightly crushed but … Read More