Food & Wine

A tale of two Chefs

August 2013 |
Since our theme this month is food, I thought it was only fitting to introduce two fine Cleveland chefs to find out more about their passion---food. The first chef I caught up with was Dante Boccuzzi, owner of Dante Restaurant in Tremont, DBA...

A tasteful way of life

August 2013 |
The Mediterranean Diet isn't much of a diet. In the Mediterranean it's a lifestyle. A lifestyle that has proven to have health benefits across-the-board by not only preventing diseases, but by helping maintain perfect health and weight. This...

LaGuardia family carries on Limoncello tradition

August 2013 |
Before the fad that has hit North America in the past 10 to 15 years, limoncello was a syrupy after dinner treat that only those of us who are of Italian decent or who had travelled to Italy had enjoyed. My family has been lucky enough to have...

How to make the perfect risotto

August 2013 |
Italy is the second largest producer of rice in the world. That's a lot of rice! Risotto is a huge part of the cuisine in Northern Italy, since the rice fields are mainly located in the region of Piemonte and Lombardia, thanks to the abundance of...

Un espresso, per favore...

July 2013 |
It is probably the sentence that any beginning Italian students would be able to say when entering a café in Italy "Un espresso, per favore". But it may be more complicated than you think if you consider how many types of coffee beverage you...

Italian-American Food is Not Italian Food!

July 2013 |
Two of my Italian acquaintances recently tried to convince me that Italian-American food is not really Italian. Raised in an Italian-American family, this argument caused me to consider carefully the food we prepared and ate at home and the dishes...

The tastes of the Mediterranean

May 2013 |
With an incredible amount of local dishes to choose from in southern Italy, ordering at a restaurant or shopping at a local market can be rather overwhelming. So I have narrowed down the typical cuisine choices and local products you should focus...

Wedding Cakes 101

January 2013 |
After the wedding dress, the wedding cake is the next important and delicious ingredient in wedding planning. With countless options and flavors, ordering the cake is not always a piece of cake. So I caught up with Matthew Ciocca, co-owner of...

The Facts and Myths of the Seven Fishes

December 2012 |
Celebrity chefs like Mario Batali, Rachel Ray and Giada DeLaurentis have made the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve a mainstream "Italian must." Even, my non-Italian friends know about it and ask me "Do you eat seven fishes on Christmas...
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