L’Arrosticino – The King of the Abruzzo Cuisine

Delicious Arrosticini from Abruzzo

While the Italian region of Abruzzo is well known for its culinary specialties: pecorino (sheep cheese), pasta alla chitarra, brodetto (fish stew), the undisputed King of all gastronomic delights is, without a shadow of doubt, l’arrosticino: small barbecued pieces of mutton (castrated sheep’s meat) on a wooden skewer. Arrosticini are sold in packs in all local […]

Book Review: Italy for the Gourmet Traveler

Italy for the Gourmet Traveler is one of thousands of books which have been written about Italy’s amazing cuisine, the difference is Fred Plotkin’s guide to gourmet Italy is incredibly detailed.  Here is a review of Plotkin’s book. Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, which I bought the other day, is useful reading for anyone thinking […]

Italian Cooking Recipes – 15 Best Selling Books

Seafood Soup for the New Year in Italy

Italy has a world wide reputation for its cuisine and deservedly so in my opinion.  The variety Italian cooking can offer has to be eaten to be believed.  After well over a decade in Italy, I’m still discovering mighty tasty Italian cooking recipes. You could come to Italy to discover Italian cooking recipes, but if […]

Octopus Balls For Supper

Octopus Balls frying in Olive Oil

Yes, I ate octopus balls on Sunday evening. Sorry to let you down, but the octopus balls in question were not some exotic, hard to find microscopic Italian delicacy, believe it or not. They had absolutely nothing to do with the nether regions of male octopuses either, I’m sure you’ll be relieved to hear, especially […]

Italian Mashed Potato, Peas and Spinach

What is he on about? I mean Italian mashed potato has to be the same as the English variety, hasn’t it? Well, actually no, it’s not the same.  And nor is the way Italians cook vegetables for kids. Italian mash goes by the rather exotic name of ‘Purè’.  This does not mean that it contains […]