There is nothing that transports me to Italy faster than a really well done pasta alla checca. At its most simple, it's just marinated tomatoes tossed with fresh pasta but I've learned how to make it amazing.
On my first trip to Italy, I'd religiously finish the day with a cone of straciatella gelato while the adults would sip on ice-cold Limoncello. Though I didn't ever try more than an eyedropper full of the stuff, the intensely sweet, floral lemony flavor stayed with me and inspired these very adult Limoncello Creamsicle Popsicles.
One of our all-time favorite summer dishes? This summery vegetarian pasta that's by no means traditional but by all means delicious and loaded with all the best seasonal produce from corn to zucchini blossoms!
A simple dessert recipe combining some of our favorite flavors of Northern Italy. Made with broiled fruit, rosemary-infused honey, whipped Mascarpone cheese, and crumbled amaretti cookies, it's so easy to make but so flavorful!
Let's discuss this Grilled Piadina with Balsamic Eggplant and Spicy Greens. Because all things flat and bread are my jam yet I plain forgot about its existence until my last trip to Italy. A piadina is a flatbread that you see all over the Emilia-Romagna region, where it's from. I've seen them served folded in half and others rolled up, but I prefer them open face because I usually require a fork and knife to get through the loads of ingredients I've thrown on top. Though its nowhere near traditional, I load it with spicy greens, creamy mozzarella, and salty prosciutto so that its more of a meal.
We like our cocktails with an edge: sometimes spicy and other times just a tinge bitter. You're probably noticed that we use Campari and Aperol A LOT when we want a hint of bitter so it was only a matter of time until we added it to our margaritas!
The difference between a trattoria and a ristorante and what is an osteria after all? Navigating all the different types of restaurants in Italy can be tricky -- here's our cheat sheet to help you understand it all.