Spezzatino di manzo (Italian Beef Stew)

FrankFall, piatti unici, Winter18 Comments

Italian Beef Stew

It’s hard to believe, but in all the years that I’ve been writing this blog, somehow I’ve managed to avoid writing a post about Italian beef stew. I suppose that’s a tribute to the vast variety of Italian cooking or perhaps a reflection of the somewhat secondary role that beef … Read More

Pasta al forno (Baked Pasta)

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Pasta al forno (Baked Pasta)

Is there anything more comforting than baked pasta?  If there is, I haven’t come across it yet. And while some pasta al forno dishes in the Italian repertoire—especially the two ‘star’ lasagne dishes, the South’s lasagna di carnevale and the North’s lasagne alla bolognese—are elaborate affairs, there are everyday versions that … Read More

Sugo di carne (Meat Sauce)

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Sugo di carne (Meat Sauce)

When you mention Italian meat sauce, most people will immediately think of those monuments of Italian cooking, the ragù alla napoletana and the ragù alla bolognese. Those sauces that require hours of cooking and fairly elaborate preparation. These time-consuming ragù are, quite rightly, reserved for special occasions. Ragù alla napoletana is often … Read More

Viennese Goulash

FrankNon-Italian, piatti unici, Winter18 Comments

Viennese Goulash

For some reason, I must be feeling nostalgic for my Vienna days as I keep coming back to the dishes I made during those years. Perhaps it’s the cold weather that calls out for the hearty cooking of Mitteleuropa. In any event, here’s another favorite from that time and place: … Read More

Stracotto alla fiorentina (Tuscan Pot Roast)

Franksecondi piatti, Toscana14 Comments

Tuscan Pot Roast

Some readers may remember last winter’s post on brasato al vino rosso, the wonderful red wine pot roast from northern Italy. Well, today we turn our attention to central Italy to present Tuscan Pot Roast. This dish, more specifically from Florence, is called ‘stracotto’, which literally means ‘overcooked’. Like a brasato, red wine goes … Read More

Carbonnade à la flamande (Beef Braised in Beer)

FrankNon-Italian, secondi piatti14 Comments

Carbonnade à la flamande

Today is Columbus Day so, of course, I decided I would make a Belgian meal… 😉 One of my favorite Belgian dishes is carbonnade, a wonderfully deep-flavored dish of beef braised in onions and beer. It is simple but satisfying, just the kind of cooking and eating that I like … Read More

La pizzaiola (“Pizza-Maker’s” Beef)

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La pizzaiola

La pizzaiola is one of the pillars of everyday Neapolitan cuisine. This simple dish is a great solution for times when you want solid sustenance but don’t want to cook anything elaborate. A bit like slapping a piece of meat on the grill, only tastier. The name of the dish, carne … Read More

Bistecca alla fiorentina (Steak Florentine)

Franksecondi piatti, summer, Toscana50 Comments

Bistecca alla fiorentina

People don’t always associate steak with Italian cooking, but in fact, one of the glories of Tuscan cuisine is a simply prepared Porterhouse steak, grilled rare, over a wood fire: bistecca alla fiorentina, or literally Steak Florentine. The dish is so typical that if you ask for a fiorentina in a restaurant … Read More