Salmoriglio is an ancient, Italian marinade and dressing. Thanks to its sour, lemony flavor it helps to tenderize fish, meats, and vegetables giving them a delicious taste! Here, the history and the recipe.
White clam sauce linguine is a classic Italian! This sauce is very simple but needs prime quality ingredients; the more the shellfish are fresh, the more the clam sauce will be tasty! Personally, I love to add a teaspoon of grated lemon peel combined with minced parsley just before serving; a sweet and sour taste that pairs greatly with the salty flavor of the clams!
Bottarga spaghetti with lemon zest is the best recipe to taste this delicious cured fish roe! This cured fish roe divide the foodies in two parties: who loves, and who hates this ingredient! For sure, once in your life, you want to try it on!
Mushroom risotto: another classic Italian! Risotto recipes are very popular into the North Eastern Italian cuisine. Its preparation is not particularly easy, but it worth any minute of your time! There are many variations of Italian risotto: along with Milanese Risotto and Asparagus Risotto, the mushroom version is one of the most famous. In this case, I love to add a yolk before stirring the last time my mushroom risotto, but if someone doesn’t like the taste of the egg, it is possible to substitute the yolk with one more spoon of butter.
Pan fried zucchini is an easy recipe, great aside eggs or meats. I love sear zucchini before cooking them slowly along with garlic and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. A sprinkle of black pepper and minced Italian parsley complete this tasty recipe. Delicious just cooked, but great reheated as well!
Stuffed mushrooms are a perfect recipe for party! Tasty bites flavored with creamy egg and cheese filling, soo good! Stuffing my mushrooms, I opted for Gruyere. I love this cheese, it’s perfect to be melted, but Italian Fontina, or Provolone, or Gouda are delicious as well. Same thing for the herbs: today I choose parsley, but sometimes I opt for fresh oregano or dried mint, try them on and let me know!
Calf liver Venetian Style is another recipe originating from the North Italian culinary tradition. The meat is stir-fried just the time to be medium cooked, and served with sweet and sour onions. This calf liver recipe pairs greatly with toasted bread slices or white polenta. When done, serve the liver immediately with minced parsley and black pepper, and don’t forget a glass of good white wine!
Mushrooms and sausage pasta is another classic Italian. Mixed mushrooms pair perfectly with pork meat. Fresh parsley and grated Parmigiano Reggiano, add more flavor. Even if is possible prepare this recipe with all kind of pasta, I prefer short size as penne or maccheroni. In this case I used extra thin penne, called in Italy Pennette. I like complete this pasta with grated raw mushrooms, to taste all the different fragrance and consistency of mushrooms!
Winter is coming? It is time for a tasty rice and beans soup. This classic Italian helps to tolerate next cold days! Follow this recipe step-by-step, and you’ll have a real delight, directly from my family’s cookbook to your table!
The Italian cuisine is famous thanks to several cooks whose name has been lost over the centuries; the author of the recipe of Luciana octopus stew (in Italian: “polpo alla Luciana”) is one of them. For the uninitiated, I must clarify one thing: the author of this recipe is not named Luciana! Who invented this tasty recipe is unknown, but the place where it was created is well-known. The Luciana octopus is so named because of the ancient fishing district of Santa Lucia, in Naples. On the sea in front of Santa Lucia the octopuses were caught dipping terracotta amphorae into the water, among the rocks overnight, then were simmered with tomatoes and Gaeta olives in a crock pot covered and wrapped in a wet cloth. The Luciana octopus is served with croutons but, to make a complete Italian meal, is common season spaghetti with the sauce of the octopus as first course and serve the octopus as second course.