When it comes to the Italian region of Emilia-Romanga, Emilia is way better known, which is a shame because Romagna has a culinary culture all its own that's well worth exploring. Here are 10 classic foods from Romagna that you may not know but should seek out next time you're in Italy.
If you watched the Rome episode of Off Menu, then you're familiar with Katie Parla. The food expert, Roman resident, and author of just-released book, Tasting Rome loves everything Rome and celebrates it through her work. So we were dying to know what she'd do on her One Perfect Day in the Eternal City.
Katie Parla knows a thing or two about Rome—having lived and worked there for over 13 years—and she's shared her secrets in the book, Tasting Rome. We asked her about her must-east dishes and she mentioned pastas at Trattoira Da Cesare Al Casaletto so we asked her to share the Cacio e Pepe recipe here.
The problem isn't what to eat in Rome but where. Tons of restaurants offer the greatest food hits—Amatriciana, Carbonara, Pajata, and Cacio e Pepe pastas; Trippa, Carciofi alla giudea—but nowhere near all of them are noteworthy. In fact, it's really easy to find less-than-stellar versions of these dishes.
When you travel to Italy, it's immediately evident: Roman street food is another level from local faves like porchetta and polpette di bollito to classics like pizza and gelato, you could go days just noshing on it and be more than satisfied.
While we were in Italy filming the Rome episode of Off...
One of my all-time favorite corners of the world? Definitely the ragged cliffs of the Amalfi Coast and this recipe hails from the Amalfi Coast town of Minori. It's everything we love about Italian desserts—not too sweet, easy to make, yet elegant.
You've probably noticed that, just as much as my adventures influence my cooking, so do ingredients. And when it comes to one set of ingredients—pulses—I can't help think of how many places I've seen them. Here are a few of our favorite pulses recipes inspired by our travels.
Bright, warm, tangy, and sweet, this citrus salad is for ye who sought out Warhead candies as children. It's an elegant play between tartness and sweetness that I absolutely love paired with crunchy cacao nibs. It can be made with any combination of citrus fruits (although you'd be wise to avoid lemon/lime)!
It’s time – time to take a break. As in a Spritz Break. We know each other well enough that you know I love a good aperitivo (aka Italian happy hour). I adore the pairing of sunset, small bites, and a glass of something that works with anything from prosciutto to olives. In the summer months my go-to aperitivo drink is The Classic Spritz but T I’ve been entertaining a lot and wanted a twist on the Spritz that I could mix by the batch like this Summer Break Aperol Spritz Punch.
It’s known as “dome sickness” in our family. You won’t find a definition in any other dictionary because it's my Mom's term and she'd define it as an intense longing for the duomo of Florence and for Italy in general. To cure my latest bout of dome sickness, I’ve been scraping together (literally) this coffee granita. It’s a classic Southern Italian recipe with the addition of orange juice, cocoa, and some liqueur for something that’s more than meets the eye. And, let’s be honest, it’s a pretty great way to breath new life into leftover coffee.