The Importance of Legumes: Pasta e Fagioli

The Importance of Legumes: Pasta e Fagioli

There is a legend that says that without beans there may have been no Renaissance. Varieties of pulses had been grown in Europe since ancient times but new varieties of beans, along with potatoes and tomatoes, had just arrived from the Americas, providing a welcome...
Regional Classics – Orecchiete con Broccoli

Regional Classics – Orecchiete con Broccoli

Italians are generally very culturally aware of the links between a particular recipe and its regional origins. Orecchiette pasta is from Puglia and everyone knows that it is best served with Broccoli or Cime di Rapa, preferably on a very Pugliese terra-cotta plate. I...
Wild Oranges: Urban Fruit in Rome

Wild Oranges: Urban Fruit in Rome

Winter is the season for citrus where oranges, lemons, and clementines glow like baubles on Rome’s countless ornamental trees.  From along the grand Via XX Settembre to the urban Via del Porto Fluviale look up and into the trees, which are heavy with vivid fruit...
Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Grazie, Autunno!  The arrival of pumpkins in all their guises at the market is another reason to celebrate the start of fall. The best Italian pumpkin is to be found in the Mantua province, located in northern Italy, about halfway between Milan and Venice and just...