Some of us are a bit, shall we say, more sentimental than others. And there's nothing like the one-two combo of the end of the year and the holiday season to bring it out. That ornament that you handmade in kindergarten; the nutcracker your siblings broke (and then superglued together) in 1990-so...
Some salads are just instant classics and in our book the Insalata del Garga from Florence's Garga restaurant is very much that. It's a super simple salad with spicy arugula, toasty pine nuts, and salt Parmigiano, but the addition of avocado and hearts of palm make it something special.
We wait all year for it: that moment when the tomatoes are so amazing, we wouldn't think about eating anything else. And that's when we can't stop, won't stop with classic tomato dishes like this Caprese Salad.
Few places do fried food to the level of Rome. From the suppli to the Animelle fritte (sweetbreads), and the Carciofi alla giudia (fried artichokes) to (our fave) fried zucchini blossoms, it's hard to cross a menu that doesn't have at least one thing fried. We've long stuffed zucchini blossoms with ricotta (blended with herbs and lemon zest) but this way, with mozzrella and anchovies, is bold and unapologetic, a lot like Rome.
Milan doesn't always get the attention of the other major Italian cities but photographer Christine Davis proves that it's worth a second look. Her swoon-worthy photos had us dying to know where she'd go on her One Perfect Day in Milan.
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...