Involtini di pesce spada (Swordfish Rolls)

Franksecondi piatti, Sicilia29 Comments

Involtini di pesce spada (Swordfish Rolls)

When you think of Sicily, what do you think of? When it comes to food, I’m sure swordfish is near the top of most everyone’s list. There’s no fish is more closely associated with the island, fished there widely since ancient times in places like the Strait of Messina. The … Read More

Pesche grigliate (Grilled Peaches)

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Pesche alla griglia (Grilled Peaches)

Regular readers will know that a typical dessert in our house is often nothing more than a piece of fresh fruit. That’s especially true in the summer, when we have such luscious peaches and cherries and melons in the market to enjoy. Still, once in a while, perhaps for Sunday … Read More

Patate dolci alla griglia (Grilled Sweet Potatoes)

Frankantipasti, contorno25 Comments

We said goodbye to our outdoor grill back in late October. Covering it for the winter is always a bittersweet affair. But the end of the warm weather doesn’t have to mean the end of grilling. I get good use out of my trusty stovetop grill—a bistecchiera in Italian—throughout the … Read More

Pollo al mattone (Chicken under a Brick)

Franksecondi piatti, summer, Toscana37 Comments

Pollo al mattone (Chicken under a Brick)

Pollo al mattone, which I would translate roughly as “chicken under a brick”, is an ingenuous way of grilling chicken. The bird is butterflied, flattened and weighed down so it cooks quickly and evenly over hot embers. It sounds astonishingly simple—and it is—but by some sort of sorcery I can’t … Read More

Grigliata mista di carne (Mixed Grilled Meats)

Franksecondi piatti, summer36 Comments

Grigliata mista

If you want to make a big impression at your next cookout, try a grigliata mista di carne, a platter of mixed grilled meats including fresh and cured cuts of beef, veal, pork, lamb and chicken or other poultry. Italians love to grill just like other folks, but the Italian approach to grilling is … Read More

Pollo in porchetta (Tuscan Spit Roasted Chicken)

Franksecondi piatti, Toscana20 Comments

Spit Roasted Chicken with Pancetta Stuffing

When I served this dish, several of my dinner guests were wondering what the ‘secret’ ingredient was that gave this Tuscan spit roasted chicken such a special flavor. Of course, rotisserie chicken is almost always wonderfully juicy and luscious, but pollo in porchetta—chicken prepared in the manner of roast suckling pig—is … Read More

Polpo alla griglia (Grilled Baby Octopus)

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Grilled Baby Octopus

One of the very best seafood for grilling has got to be the octopus. Grilled baby octopus has incredible flavor, it is a pleasantly chewy but not tough—when properly prepared—and it crisps up beautifully under the grill’s intense heat. There’s a good reason why it’s a favorite summertime dish all … Read More

Spiedini e arrosticini (Italian Kabobs)

FrankAbruzzo, secondi piatti, summer8 Comments

Arrosticini (Spiedino)

Summer may be drawing to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere, but there’s still time to get in some more grilling. In fact, grilling is a lot more pleasant in the cooler temperatures of the late summer and early fall than at the height of the summer—standing over a … Read More