Food & Wine

Passatelli

April 2019 |
Passatelli is one of the most looked-forward-to dishes in my family’s recipe repertoire. The noodles are made with breadcrumbs, eggs, Romano cheese, lemon, and a dash of cinnamon. We mix a rough dough and then run it through a sausage grinder to...

Umbria's Saltless Bread

March 2019 |
The well-known crusty bread of central Italy is made without salt which, for many, enhances the savory tastes of prosciutto and pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheeses, both high in salt content. Why is there no salt in the bread of Umbria, Latium, the...

An Italian Kiss Like No Other

February 2019 |
l Baci Perugina sono considerati un po’ il simbolo di San Valentino. La data convenzionale della nascita di questa dolce creazione è il 1922 e l’occasione venne offerta da un tentativo di “riciclo creativo”. Allo scopo di ridurre i costi di...

Norcia: Prosciutto, Truffles and Earthquakes

February 2019 |
La città sabina di Norcia, Patria di San Benedetto e nota per la sua profonda spiritualità, si trova nella parte più montuosa ed incontaminata dell’Umbria, nell’area della Valnerina. Le testimonianze del suo glorioso passato romano e medievale sono...

Of Meatballs and Mafia

January 2019 |
I was recently told that I would make a terrible Italian because I am a vegetarian. The thing is, I am Italian and there is a lot more to my culture than meatballs and the mafia. But the question hovered over me as I seethed with annoyance, “What...

Chestnuts, New Wine and Rural Lore

November 2018 |
The Chapel dedicated to St. Martin and frescoed by Simone Martini in the 14th century is certainly one of the masterpieces in our Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi, Umbria. St. Martin of Tours, a 4th century saint, is depicted as he gives his...

Keep Your Kitchen Warm

October 2018 |
Legumi in scatola o legumi secchi? Naturalmente secchi! Cucinandoli con qualche piccola accortezza ed infondendoli durante la bollitura con gli aromi della tipica cucina italiana, questi ingredienti “umili”  e sani danno un risultato che...

The Delicacy of the Tartufo Bianco in Alba's White Truffle Festival

October 2018 |
As the leaves change color and the air becomes cooler in Italy, autumn festivities and celebrations are alive throughout the country. In Alba, Italy, the well-known White Truffle Festival begins in early October, welcoming those who are a fan of...

Make Time for Tradition, An Heirloom Food Story

September 2018 |
For many Italians, the tomato will always be inextricably linked to the family’s annual tomato canning tradition. Every year around Labor Day, our family would gather around bushels of plum tomatoes and get to work. Tomatoes are an example of the...
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