Category: Italy

Spinach and ricotta cannelloni recipe 9

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni – An Easy Dinner Idea

Italian Is Always Best! Cannelloni are in essence pasta tubes filled with ricotta and spinach or cooked mince meats. Even if Italy’s history of pasta goes back to the 4th century BC, to the Etruscans times, cannelloni seem to be a bit younger, their origin traced somewhere in the 8th century CE. There are mentions of this dish in Toscana and Campania around the same time, even if there is some distance between the two regions. Today, all supermarkets sell packs of dry tubes, and this saves time in cooking cannelloni. Nevertheless, the Italians praise themselves for making fresh pasta...

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Make the Best Italian Ciabatta

Our Daily Bread from the Eighties Bread might be one of the oldest foods created by humans, but people will always invent new varieties, especially if they are French or Italians. It is the case of ciabatta, our daily loaf from the eighties, which at nearly fifty is one of the youngest assortments of bread that found worldwide fame in just a few years from being invented.  How has the delicious slipper-shaped bread with a smooth, crisp crust and porous, slightly humid interior come to be? Is seems we owe it to the Italian rally pilot turned miller, Arnaldo Cavallari....

Tiramisu Italian Recipe 8

How to Make the Best Ever Tiramisù

A Finger-Licking Delicious Italian Dessert Disclaimer: If you are old enough to drink, you should always drink responsibly! A while ago, I came across this book: Every Day Is A Holiday, by George Mahood. The author, a family man, had an epiphany that people invented or created lots of holidays connected to something meaningful. The entire calendar, all 360 days of it, consists of something significant enough that deserves recognition. So, Mahood celebrated every day for a whole year. Anything is worth revelling, from Zombie Day on the first on January, to Oopsie Daisy Day, Awkward Moments Day, Work Naked Day, No...

Amalfi Coast Italy Spaghetti with clams Italian Pasta Recipe 13

Make the Best Spaghetti With Clams – Pasta All’Amalfitana

An Amalfi Coast Special Disclaimer: If you have a shellfish allergy, do not follow this recipe! But you can still enjoy reading the story! South of Naples, in the charming Campania region of Italy, there is a world-famous road called Amalfi Coast Drive. Stretching a little over thirty miles From Positano to Vietri Sul Mare, the magnificent Amalfi Coast is nothing but breathtaking scenery. The narrow road bends at various altitudes, from sea level to hundreds of metres up on cliffs. You get the feeling that you hover over the azure abys of the Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the broader...

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Venice. The Jewel Of The Adriatic

Game of Masks Music: Winter in July, Sarah Brightman Movie: Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) Book: The Honest Courtesan, Margaret Rosenthal  For the entire summer, the cruise ship docks in Venice for three days every three weeks. A few minutes stroll through a sea of tourists that swarm the city in the summer months takes me to Piazza San Marco.  Even closer to the pier is an extension of the Giardini della Biennale, called Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi. My favourite quiet place in Venice. Here, I like to spend time alone with a book, sitting on one of the benches strewn along the shaded alley.  Most...

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Make A Quick And Easy Caprese Salad

Simple Is Beautiful and Delicious! As the name implies, this fresh, delicious and easy to make dish originates from the amazing island of Capri, the pearl of the Mediterranean. It might seem a humble dish, but it is one of Italy’s favourites. And we love it too! The Italians take pride in considering it a homage to their flag: green, white and red served on a plate. Caprese is ready in minutes and brings the unforgettable taste of a holiday in the sun. Just think of that insane blue sea, the elegant hotels, the cypress trees. Feel the fragrance of...

Marina Grande Capri Italy Tyrrhenian Sea 11

Capri. Anacapri. The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian

Lunatics of Rome Music: Be Careful What You Wish For, Bad Omens Movie: L’imperatore di Capri (The Emperor of Capri) Book: The Story of San Michele, Axel Munthe My face is frozen. The wind and salty droplets splash it relentlessly. Maybe boarding the traghetto so early in the morning was not the most brilliant idea. I did it nonetheless because it will give me an entire day on the island. As the port of Naples is shrinking behind, my eyes are squinting longingly forward, glued to the familiar blue shape rising from the greyish sea at this early hour. I...

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