Served with a slice of crunchy bread, these eggplants alla marinara are perfect for a light, meatless meal. You can also serve them as an appetizer, or cut them into squares and serve for an aperitivo on the terrace to enjoy the long, golden evenings.
PIDONI FRITTI ALLA MESSINESE. The Pitoni or Pidoni are parcels of a pizza-like dough, stuffed with curly endive, mozzarella and a tiny bit of anchovy. Not dissimilar to calzoni but fried, they are a typical and most appreciated dish from Messina. In Sicily, you can find them in the friggitorie, the Italian equivalent of fish… Continue reading Sicilian pidoni: small calzoni with curly endive
EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA. I’m biting my nails here because I have so many things to tell you and if I don’t make a selection, I’ll probably never get to the recipe. First of all the name. Parmigiana literally means “from Parma”. However, this recipe has been known as a tradition in Naples and Sicily since the… Continue reading Eggplant Parmesan
ARTICHOKE TIMBALE . This recipe reminds me so much of my mother that I can hardly bring myself to write about it. It brings good, happy memories as this was one of her favorite dishes for picnics. Yes, other people had sandwiches and salads, we had lasagne, eggplant parmesan and sformato di carciofi. We… Continue reading sformato di carciofi
HOMEMADE PIZZA. In Italy, the term pizza is generally used to indicate a flat bread which can be stuffed or topped with all sorts of ingredients. In Central Italy, pizza is also a panettone-shaped bread traditionally made for Easter. No news so far, all Mediterranean populations have been eating flat breads for at least 3000… Continue reading home-made pizza
LASAGNA. In Italian a “lasagna” is one sheet of rectangular pasta used in the famous baked pasta recipe. The correct name of the dish refers to the plural “lasagne” indicating the use of several sheets of pasta layered with delicious condiments and sauce. This is one of those dishes that evokes dreamy eyes and remembrance… Continue reading classic lasagna with meat ragù