In this blog, I describe the difference between what is known as “Italian Food” and the 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 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
Hello and Happy Holidays! My friend and recurring guest Nick Zingale is back on the show with his great storytelling to talk about Christmas and the way he and his Italian-American family celebrated it over the years: from the anticipation leading up to Christmas Eve, to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, to the many … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 63] Italian and Italian-American Christmas Traditions, with Nick Zingale”
Hello and welcome back to Thoughts on the Table! This episode’s guest is Cannolo Award winner Enzo De Chiara from the fabulous blog The Italian Guest. During the interview, Enzo explains his link to the United States and how he started his blog to document his food, travel, and lifestyle experiences across from his hometown of Bergamo (in … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 62] Introducing Enzo De Chiara from The Italian Guest”
Even though Italian food is prominent in North America as well as other English speaking countries, restaurant menus often use Italian words in ways that are not even remotely close to what would sound natural to a native Italian. And it isn’t just because of spelling mistakes, the grammatical and logical use of Italian words … Continue reading “Italian Words Gone Wrong – 6 Mistakes Native Italians Don’t Make”
[Thoughts on the Table – 61] Rediscovering Artisan Craftsmanship and Ancient Grains, with Alida Zamparini
Friend, food blogger Alida Zamparini from My Little Italian Kitchen is back on the show to give us an update on her latest recipes and blogging trips. As you will hear, Alida has been focusing on regional Italian products and artisan craftsmanship, which she documents in great detail on her blog. In particular, she describes … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 61] Rediscovering Artisan Craftsmanship and Ancient Grains, with Alida Zamparini”
Blogger and photographer David Scott Allen from Cocoa and Lavender is back on the podcast to discuss a guest article I wrote in collaboration with Diana Zahuranec and other bloggers on “The Basic Rules of Italian Food.” For instance, among the various topics, we talk about the fact that no Italian would dare to cut … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 60] The Basic Rules of Italian Food with David Scott Allen”
Hi! Here I am celebrating seven years of blogging and looking back at the past 12 months, as I do at this time every summer. Thank you for reading this post. Your choice to dedicate a bit of your precious time to me and to my work is humbling and makes me proud to be … Continue reading “Seven Years of Blogging, Four of Podcasting”
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”