Italian Food Traditions & Recipes

An Italian told me that while others eat to live, Italians live to eat, and he said that with his mouth full. Italians will enthusiastically share their restaurant recommendations and family recipes, and even as fast food creeps into their culture, Italians staunchly guard their traditional food products, as witnessed by the founding of the Slow Food movement. A favorite Italian proverb is "A tavola non si invecchia" - at the table one does not age - so relaxed meals are the key to a long life.

Cheese Tour & Tasting in Ragusa Sicily

Cheese tasting and a tour of the cheesemaking facilites at Corfilac in Ragusa are on the menu March 24 & 25, 2012 [more...]


Limoncello Recipe – Make Homemade Limoncello

Ever wondered how to make limoncello? Try your hand at homemade limoncello, with this easy limoncello recipe. [more...]


Lemon Cake Recipe from Sicily

When lemons are in profusion in Sicily, this easy Sicilian lemon cake recipe is a must. Find lots of other uses for lemons, too. [more...]


Arance Rosse – Blood Oranges from Sicily

Winter is the season for arance rosse, the blood oranges of Sicily, with the tarocco orange being the most highly prized. Find out why. [more...]


Cheese Art 2012 – Traditional Cheese Tasting Workshop

Taste traditional cheeses from around the world during two days of tasting workshops at Cheese Art 2012 in Ragusa Sicily, when cheese is elevated to the status of art. [more...]


Ossobuco for International Day of Italian Cuisines

The 2012 International Day of Italian Cuisines (IDIC) is on January 17, when cooks all over the world are invited to join in the celebrations by preparing ossobuco, a traditional dish from Milan. Try our ossobuco recipe. [more...]


Bastardoni-Big Bastards: Prickly Pears of Sicily

When you hear vendors hollering "bastardoni" in Sicily, it’s the season for the prickly pears known as "big bastards." Legend has it that this traditional food found in markets in Italy is the result of a feud. [more...]


Traditional Christmas Nougat in Italy–Perfect Almond Torrone

A visit to torrone heaven in the small town of Giarratana, Sicily. At the Torronificio Trapani, I watched how to make almond torrone, a traditional Christmas nougat that is popular all over Italy. [more...]


Fixed-price Lunch Fixed-Price Menus at 2-star Michelin Il Duomo in Ragusa, Sicily

New fixed-price menus at lunch are an enticement for discerning diners at the 2-star Michelin restaurant Il Duomo in Ragusa Sicily. They're a great way to sample chef Ciccio Sultano’s superb cooking. [more...]


Cookbook Review-Cucina Povera, Tuscan Peasant Cooking

In the midst of trendy cookbooks about Tuscany, Cucina Povera by Pamela Sheldon Johns stands out as being the genuine article, with authentic recipes of Tuscan peasant cooking and personal anecdotes based on the author’s experience living in Tuscany. Ricotta cake recipe included. [more...]


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