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!
New on Disgraces on the Menu
Join me to meet restaurant owner, and Italian food ambassador, Simon Pagotto. During the episode, Simon talks about his Italian roots, his deeply Australian upbringing, and how his discovery of traditional Italian food led him to embrace authenticity in his trattoria, even against the general expectations of his patrons. In our exchange, we touch on … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 59] Introducing Australian Restaurateur Simon Pagotto”
Join me and Nick Zingale for another of his fascinating stories as he continues to recount his visit to Molise, his maternal ancestors’ homeland. As depicted in Nick’s original blog post, during his day-trip to San Giovanni in Galdo he goes through a series of encounters that make him closer to his roots and that … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 58] A Morning in San Giovanni in Galdo, with Nick Zingale”
Nick Zingale is back on the podcast to share another chapter of his past Italian trip which led him to discover his southern Italian roots. In this episode, Nick takes us through an emotional journey to Molise, the small Italian region where his maternal ancestors lived. Particularly, he talks about the paese of Matrice and … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 57] Nick Zingale and his Emotional Trip to Molise”
Thoughts on the Table is back with a new guest: Linda from Signorina Spaghetti. I discovered Linda’s blog only quite recently, but I immediately offered her the Cannolo Award for contributing to preserving the true flavors of Italy in the world! In the episode, Linda talks about what brought her to Brussels, Belgium and about … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 56] Italians of the World – Introducing Linda from Signorina Spaghetti”
As promised, Nick Zingale is back with his great storytelling and distinctive charm to talk about his journey throughout the Italian peninsula, which took place about a year ago. With the ultimate goal of reaching his ancestors’ towns in southern Italy, Nick explored several destinations along the way, and some out of the way. In … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 55] Discovering Cinque Terre, Lake Orta, and Como with Nick Zingale”
Is it true that Italians drink espresso all the time? Live with their parents until they’re 30 years old? And that they all know how to dress up? In this entertaining episode, Nick and I will try to debunk these and many more stereotypes on Italy and on the Italians. But will we succeed? As … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 54] True or False? 15 Stereotypes on Italy, with Nick Zingale”
Mark Preston is a food writer, a blogger, and the author of California Mission Cookery, a cookbook on the early cuisine of the Californio population, which he discovered while working as an archivist for the UCLA library. Last October, he got in touch to tell me about his research on ragù, the Italian meat sauce; … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 53] The Boom of Italian Food in the US, with Food Writer Mark Preston”
Nick Zingale is an American of Italian descent who lived and traveled in Italy and Europe for seven months last year. He joins me in this episode for a fascinating overview of his experience abroad, which he documented on his personal blog – from working as an English teaching assistant, to his discovery of his … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 52] Italian and American Culture with Nick Zingale”