Welcome!

In this blog, I describe the difference between what is known as “Italian Food” and the real food of continental Italy. In doing so, I try to be as objective as I can in battling misconceptions, with the final goal of sharing knowledge and promoting discussion.

If you are interested in Italian food and in its philosophy, then this website is for you – I genuinely hope you’ll enjoy it!

The site is divided into three main sections:

  • Articles – a collection of food notes on various topics ranging from Italian products to Italian culture and traditions;
  • Recipes – some of my favorite Italian dishes to cook, from traditional staples to modern creations;
  • A podcast – in which I discuss with various food personalities about food and food culture, as well as Italian food around the world.

To read more about me and my motivations, please see the About page.

For inquiries, suggestions, corrections, collaborations, or anything else, please contact me. Thanks!

 

CANNOLO-AWARDDo you blog about continental Italian food? You may qualify for the coveted Cannolo Award! Check out the details.

Congratulations to the latest winner:
Enzo from The Italian Guest.

 


New on Disgraces on the Menu

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[Thoughts on the Table – 51] Introducing Cooking Instructor Francesca Montillo

Thoughts on the Table is back with a new guest, Francesca Montillo from Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. In this feature, Francesca talks about her unique upbringings, with her family straddling between Boston and a small village in southern Italy, and between adopting new traditions and maintaining their old ones, while living abroad. In the second … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 51] Introducing Cooking Instructor Francesca Montillo”

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An Italian in Canada – From the Food of Italy to “Italian Food”

I came to Vancouver in 2001, right after getting my Electronic Engineering degree. I had a six-month contract as a software engineer, joining an Italo-Canadian development team. Naturally, I was very excited for the professional experience that awaited me, but I was even more excited for the opportunity to discover a big new city in an … Continue reading “An Italian in Canada – From the Food of Italy to “Italian Food””

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[Thoughts on the Table – 50] Balance in Food – 50th Episode Special with Jason

Jason and I used to be co-workers and in our lunch breaks we often talked about food, trying to explain the logic behind it, and comparing North American, Italian, and Japanese cultures. Being an avid podcast listener, and missing the days when I was an amateur radio host in Italy, I pitched to Jason the … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 50] Balance in Food – 50th Episode Special with Jason”

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[Thoughts on the Table – 49] Introducing Food Blogger and Recipe Developer Giulia Robert from Alterkitchen

Thoughts on the Table is back with another Cannolo Award winner: Turin born and raised Giulia Robert from Alterkitchen. I’ve known Giulia for more than five years and it was very special to finally meet face to face, albeit via Skype. Giulia has been a constant presence on the web with her fabulous recipes ranging … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 49] Introducing Food Blogger and Recipe Developer Giulia Robert from Alterkitchen”

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Buckwheat Gnocchi with Mascarpone Tomato Sauce

This recipe was inspired by a dish I had last summer at Farmer’s Apprentice, a great Vancouver restaurant. For my interpretation, I made rustic gnocchi by mixing in some buckwheat flour, and used mascarpone as a base for a creamy tomato sauce. The result speaks for itself! The dish is really easy to make, but … Continue reading “Buckwheat Gnocchi with Mascarpone Tomato Sauce”

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[Thoughts on the Table – 48] Introducing Ale Gambini and her Cookbook: A Queen in the Kitchen

This episode’s guest is Cannolo Award winner Ale Gambini, food blogger, recipe developer, and web series host. Ale just published her first cookbook titled A Queen in the Kitchen, which she dedicates to her grandma Fernanda and to the cuisine of her Milan and of northern Italy (which is where I’m from as well). Join … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 48] Introducing Ale Gambini and her Cookbook: A Queen in the Kitchen”

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Disgraces on the Menu Turned Six – Time to Blow Out the Candles Again!

Another year has elapsed – this blog just turned six!! As usual, I’d like to stop for a moment and look back at the last twelve months of blogging and podcasting. Before I do that, I would like to thank all who have been supporting me by reading, by listening, and especially by sharing their … Continue reading “Disgraces on the Menu Turned Six – Time to Blow Out the Candles Again!”

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Oven-Roasted Vegetables Stripes

Roasted vegetables are nothing new, but this particular arrangement makes for a truly spectacular dish which can be served as a main course, accompanied with fresh and aged cheese, as well as a side dish. When I lived with my parents, this preparation was a common Sunday meal feature. However, it didn’t start in my … Continue reading “Oven-Roasted Vegetables Stripes”

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