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:
Luca Marchiori from Chestnuts and Truffles.

 


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[Thoughts on the Table – 45] Introducing My Italian Friends – Home Restaurants, with Silvia Arduino

Silvia Arduino introduces My Italian Friends, a network of home restaurants and cooking workshops specifically tailored to travelers who are interested in a deeper intercultural exchange with the locals. Tune in to hear about this new service directly from Silvia, one of its members, and join us as we digress into the food of continental […]

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Palio di Siena

Personal Space and the Italians

Like other southern European and Latin American populations, Italians require less “personal space” compared to northern Europeans or North Americans. According to proxemics, the study of interpersonal communication, personal space is the cylinder of air surrounding each person which people consider as an extension of their body, where no one else is allowed. The personal […]

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domenica marchetti in abruzzo

[Thoughts on the Table – 44] A Culinary Tour of Abruzzo with Domenica Marchetti

Food writer and cookbook author Domenica Marchetti is back on the show to talk more about her mother’s native land – the Abruzzo region in central/southern Italy. In the episode, Domenica paints a colorful picture of the region – from its geography which spans from majestic natural parks on the Apennines to beautiful beaches on […]

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chard and spinach gnudi

Chard and Spinach Gnudi, the Naked Ravioli

This recipe was adapted from Domenica Marchetti’s “Swiss Chard and Spinach Ravioli Nudi”, part of her great cookbook The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, entirely dedicated to the prominent role of vegetables in Italian food. I chose this recipe because I wanted to recreate the gnudi I tasted in a restaurant in Florence during a recent […]

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david scott allen

[Thoughts on the Table – 43] Introducing David Scott Allen from Cocoa & Lavender

This episode’s guest is writer, photographer David Scott Allen, author of the amazing blog: Cocoa and Lavender. I discovered David’s work only recently, but I got very quickly into it, joining its large fan base. David writes stories about food, and in doing that he provides detailed step-by-step recipes with plenty of information on each […]

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passato di verdure

Passato di Verdure (Strained Vegetables Soup)

Growing up, I was used to my mother’s soup made from chunky vegetables in clear broth. I can’t say I loved it – certainly not as much as I enjoy it now – but I clearly remember liking its strained variant: the “passato” (passed through, strained), the first time I tasted it. This memory goes back to when I […]

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domenica marchetti

[Thoughts on the Table – 42] A Chat with Domenica Marchetti, Cookbook Author and Food Writer

Domenica Marchetti is an American food writer and cookbook author of Italian heritage. In 2012, I gave her a much deserved Cannolo Award, and I’ve been following her since. I knew she was busy working on her next book, so I was very happy she found time and kindly accepted to be in the podcast. […]

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diana transcript

[Thoughts on the Table Transcript] The Italian Wine Culture, with Diana Zahuranec

Last summer, in a podcast episode Diana Zahuranec discussed the differences between Italy and North America in how wine is produced, as well as socially perceived. Diana also went over Piedmont’s native grape varieties and wine appellations. As part of Thoughts on the Table Transcripts, this post contains the textual version of Diana’s episode.   […]

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squash risotto

Squash Risotto, a Comfort Dish for Winter

Squash risotto (or risotto con la zucca), is a traditional risotto common in all northern Italy. The squash gives an especially mealy texture, and a sweeter flavor to it, along of course with a beautiful orange color. But what is squash, exactly? Along with melon, watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, pumpkin, and gourd, squash belongs to a […]

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