Desserts · Fall · Recipes · Summer

chocolate hazelnut bacio gelato

It’s 1901 and Luisa Spagnoli – the daughter of a fishmonger – opens  with her husband  a small confectionery business in the center of Perugia. She will become one of the most eminent business persons in Italy, founder of the Perugina chocolate factory. The women’s fashion clothing brand which has her name still, after almost…… Continue reading chocolate hazelnut bacio gelato

Desserts · Fall · Recipes · Winter

chocolate and ricotta crostata with homemade candied orange

CROSTATA AL CIOCCOLATO.  I can proudly say that this is a family recipe. My family is half Umbrian, half Sicilian. Both regions have great food but when it comes to sweets there is no contest.  Sicilians are blessed by the best sweets ever  invented, cassata, cannoli, panzerotti, martorana, granita, pignolata….oh my. Enter any humble bakery…… Continue reading chocolate and ricotta crostata with homemade candied orange

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the big kicks: sweet fried Christmas ravioli

CHICK PEA AND CHOCOLATE DUMPLINGS. Did you know that ancient Romans  – if poor – were not allowed to cook? Such was the danger of fires that the plebeians were expected to eat in a tavern rather than cook on a rickety brazier. Italian farmers had basic cooking facilities until relatively modern times. Most food…… Continue reading the big kicks: sweet fried Christmas ravioli