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The tale behind bruschetta

The tomatoes are so ripe,- sweet, acidic, yellow, purple, green, striped, golden, gigantic, plum-shaped, grape-sized, paste-style, slicers, heirloom, high bred, my favorite, grandma’s favorite, your favorite. Whether you grow them yourself or support local farmers at the market, the best tomatoes are fresh from the vine picked only when they are ripe. The secret to […]

8 Hot Weather Treats Italians Love

I’ve often wondered how Italian mammas could endure boiling pots of pasta in their kitchens during those incredibly hot summer days. Surely they had an escape plan guaranteed to bring smiles to the faces of their families at the dinner table. So what did they prepare? How did they escape the heat of their summertime […]


The most difficult thing about eating in Italy is that you can’t try everything. Every day you have a finite number of meals, and a finite amount of space in your stomach, whereas there seem to be an infinite number of Italian dishes that you “absolutely need to try”. From regional specialties to the finest […]

Involtini: Italian Word for Small Bite-Sized Bundles of Food

Involtini is an Italian word for various small bites of food consisting of some sort of outer layer wrapped around a filling. Involtini can be made with a wrapper of meat, poultry, seafood or vegetables, with fillings like cheese, vegetables, cured meats and nuts. Thin veal cutlets are commonly used as the wrapper for making […]

A Tavola, At the Italian Dinner Table

Much of Italian life revolves around the family dinner table. Piergeorgio, our guide to food-life in Italy, grew up in Venice in the 1960’s. In this brief memoir, he recounts the feast day meals his family celebrated, as well as family dinners, when times were lean. From Italian table etiquette to the typical dishes that […]