Pasta alla crema di peperoni (Pasta with Bell Pepper Cream Sauce)

Frankpasta, primi piatti42 Comments

Pasta alla crema di peperoni (Pasta with Bell Pepper Cream Sauce)

The bell pepper may hail from the New World, but Italians have embraced it whole-heartedly. It appears in an extraordinary range of dishes, and you can find a good number of those recipes right here on this blog. But Pasta alla crema di peperoni, or Pasta with Bell Pepper Cream … Read More

Fagioli e tonno (White Bean and Tuna Salad)

Frankantipasti, Toscana41 Comments

Fagioli e tonno (White Bean and Tuna Salad)

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

Spaghetti alla puveriello (Poor Man’s Spaghetti)

FrankCampania, pasta, primi piatti37 Comments

Spaghetti alla puveriello

The ultimate cucina povera dish, Spaghetti alla puveriello, or Poor Man’s Spaghetti, was invented in the desperate days of post-World War II Naples. This dish could be made with the few staples a family was likely to be able to find, if only on the black market. Basically, Spaghetti alla … Read More

Taccole con pancetta e pomodoro

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Taccole con pancetta e pomodoro

Snap peas, called taccole or piselli mangiatutto in Italian, are one of spring’s most delightful vegetables. Sweet, crisp and toothsome, they are very easy to cook. And, best of all, they don’t need that tedious shelling needed that fresh peas do. The specimens you’re likely to find in Italy (at … Read More

Scaloppine di pollo alla valdostana

Franksecondi piatti, Val d'Aosta32 Comments

Scaloppine di pollo alla valdostana

I’ve always been puzzled by the popularity that chicken breasts enjoy, in particular here in the US. If you ask me, I’d nominate them as the world’s least interesting protein. Especially in this age of industrial poultry farms, chicken breasts tends to lack any discernible flavor, and then they dry … Read More

Negroni sbagliato

Frankbeverage, drink, Lombardia, summer20 Comments

Negroni sbagliato

It might have been a mistake, but I happen to like a Negroni sbagliato, or “mistaken Nigroni”, even better than the original cocktail. In this “mistaken” version, Prosecco stands in for the gin that gives a classic Negroni its sharp kick. This version is less alcoholic and, to my mind, … Read More

Italian Tomato Salad: The Essential Guide

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Italian Tomato Salad

Nothing says summer like and insalata di pomodori, or Italian Tomato Salad. It’s a simple dish. So simple, in fact, you might not think it needs a recipe at all. But in fact—as so often happens in Italian cookery— the simplicity is deceptive. An artfully-made Italian Tomato Salad can be a … Read More

Frittata al basilico (Fresh Basil Frittata)

FrankAbruzzo, secondi piatti33 Comments

Frittata al basilico (Fresh Basil Frittata)

Here’s my nomination for the easiest frittata ever: Frittata al basilico, or Fresh Basil Frittata. It is literally simply beaten eggs mixed with a fistful of grated cheese and lots of fresh basil leaves. It’s perhaps my favorite summer frittata, whipped up in 15 minutes or less, full of aromatic … Read More