Roasted Potatoes

I don’t know many people who don’t like roasted potatoes. This is one of those universal dishes, and it’s so simple to make.

March 17, 2015

Eggplant Parmigiana

This dish has to be fried punto e basta as the Italians say, which means no ifs, ands or buts about it. If you want something light and healthy, eat a carrot.

March 11, 2015

Banoffee Pie

This sweet treat is so delicious and so easy to make, it'll become your go-to dessert for all your dinner parties.

March 5, 2015
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Cannellini Bean and Pancetta Soup

This soup is incredibly fast to make, satisfying and economical. Perfect for a chilly weeknight supper.

March 3, 2015

Chili Pepper Jam

This is such an awesome jam. The sweet-spicy combination works well with sharp cheeses like pecorino and bittersweet dark chocolate.

February 20, 2015
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Potato Croquette

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, these potato croquettes explode with flavour. Perfect for impressing guests or just treating yourself.

February 20, 2015

Risotto with Shrimp and Lemon Sauce

You simply can't beat the flavour combination of fresh seafood and lemon. This dish is the perfect summer treat.

January 7, 2015
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Ribollita – Tuscan Leftover Soup

Ribollita is a very comforting dish — essential cucina povera. Some people like it soupy, but I prefer it thick enough that I can use a fork.

November 18, 2014

Pollo Saltimbocca

Chicken that "Jumps in your Mouth" is a twist on the classic Roman dish Veal Saltimbocca.

November 11, 2014

Gnudi di Zucca e l’olio nuovo

Butternut Squash Gnudi and Fresh pressed olive oil: this recipe is much simpler than you might think and absolutely delicious.

November 7, 2014

Polpette di Zucchini – Zucchini Balls

These are wicked. The combination of zucchini and mint, combined with beautiful cheeses, and then fried so that it has a golden crust, is to die for.

November 4, 2014

Pumpkin Soup

This soup is quick, simple and spooky! ... I mean filling! Perfect for a pre-trick-or-treat supper.

October 31, 2014

Cavolo Stufato – Stewed Cabbage

Stewed cabbage with an Indian twist! The perfect side for a hearty fall meal.

October 30, 2014

Parmigiano Reggiano Bowls

Everybody loves edible bowls. I mean everybody!

October 29, 2014

Pasta Alla Norma

It doesn't get much better than this! Crispy golden fried eggplant, fresh tomato sauce and ricotta salata. Whoever Norma is, I like her!

October 28, 2014

Chestnut Fritters

These fritters are easy to make and a delicious example of why chestnut flour is called ‘sweet flour’. For this I would only use extra virgin olive oil because it makes the fritters that much tastier.

October 23, 2014

Pasta with Tuna and Cream Sauce

This pasta is unbelievably delicious and so easy to make. It's a twist on my mom's Salsa di Cinque Minuti and it's amazing how a bit of heavy cream completely transforms the sauce.

October 20, 2014

Castagnaccio – Tuscan Chestnut Pizza

This is a very classic fall dessert in Tuscany that is made from chestnut flour. It's not too sweet, very satisfying and pairs perfectly with Chianti.

October 17, 2014

Zuppa di Porcini

This soup yields big return for little effort. It has an almost silky, delicate texture, yet it’s meaty and flavorful enough to be comfort food.

October 15, 2014

Coconut Curry Shrimp

For an Indian dish, this curry is really simple and full of flavour! Serve it over rice for a delicious spicy dish.

October 9, 2014

Pasta E Patate

I’ll admit it, this dish is a festival of carbs, but sometimes you need that hearty, solid, stick to your ribs meal.

October 8, 2014

Clean-out-the-Fridge Frittata

This is a great way to use vegetables that have seen better days. Some of my favorite combinations are potatoes and onions; onions and peppers; zucchini and onions.

October 6, 2014

Acqua Cotta

This is a classic cucina povera soup that you can make as thick or as watery as you like. I like mine somewhere in between, served over a couple of crostini.

October 2, 2014

Stracotto Al Chianti – Braised Beef in Chianti

You will not believe how simple and amazing this is. Whenever I serve this stracotto, the next day the phone rings and I’m asked for the recipe.

September 27, 2014

Caponata Mare e Monte

A really simple seafood dish that combines classic Italian flavours in unexpected ways. It calls for Friselle, which are Italian bread biscuits, but you can also use day-old bread.

September 25, 2014

Orange Chicken

This dish is bursting with citrusy goodness balanced with the crunch of almonds and fresh and flavourful herbs.

September 23, 2014


Making donuts isn't as difficult as you think. Easy measurements and simple directions make these biscotti-like versions a no-brainer.

September 17, 2014

Anchovy Marinade

A super simple recipe that showcases the fresh flavours of anchovies.

September 16, 2014

Chili Pesto

If you love chilies, this will be your new favourite pesto. Use it on sandwiches, pizzas or already-sauced pastas for a bit of heat.

September 11, 2014

Pasta Salad with Mozzarella and Green Beans

A dead simple dish with fresh buffalo mozzarella and greens. It's the perfect solution for a quick weeknight supper.

September 10, 2014

Italian Nutella-Filled Bomboloni

The Italian take on the donut. I've used Nutella as a filling because I love it so much, but you can also use jam or cream. Either way it's amazing.

September 8, 2014
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Pork Sausage with Rapini

This is one of those all-in-one meals in which you get your main and your side together.

September 3, 2014

Villa Maria’s Spaghetti and Zucchini

This recipe comes from the Hotel Villa Maria in Ravello. The combination of mint and capers really brings the zucchini to life.

August 19, 2014

Tomato & Melon Salad

Using sweet fruit in a savoury salad is very Sicilian. I've used melon here, but oranges and figs are great, too.

August 13, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper Salad

A super flavourful salad that you'll keep coming back to. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.

August 7, 2014

Zabaglione with Mixed Fresh Berries

This version is a fun spin on the old school recipe. It substitutes espresso for the Marsala wine.

July 28, 2014


I suggest making this classic stale bread salad in the height of summer, when you can easily find super fresh ripe tomatoes.

July 21, 2014

Octopus & Potato Salad

Pulpo has such a wonderful texture and flavour, it doesn't really need much help to taste delicious.

July 15, 2014

Grilled Foccacia Sandwich

A delicious gourmet sandwich that can be thrown together in minutes using store-bought ingredients.

July 14, 2014
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Passato di Fagioli e Pomodori Freschi

Bean purée with garden ripe tomatoes and a good drizzle of Tuscan olive oil.

July 7, 2014

Pizza Margherita

Tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil are all you need for this classic Italian pizza.

July 4, 2014
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Zucchini Risotto Bianco

Zucchini adds fresh spring flavours to classic risotto bianco.

June 24, 2014

Italian Spritz

It's five o'clock somewhere! This is an easy, breezy cocktail you can have any time of day.

June 17, 2014

Pasta al Burro

This is the dish that all Italian kids are raised on. In fact, if you want to get your little ones to love cooking, this is a great place to start.

June 12, 2014

Fava Bean Salad

This is the most amazingly simple salad. Make it in the spring when fava beans are perfectly in season.

June 9, 2014

Farro with Pesto

I love the nuttiness of farro, and this recipe is so simple your 6-year-old child could do it.

June 3, 2014

Stuffed Squid

This is a two-in-one dish. When its finished cooking you serve the sauce over pasta for your primi, and then this is your secondo.

May 29, 2014

Fennel salad

This salad is bursting with flavour and is totally refreshing.

May 27, 2014

Pesto Genovese

I love serving pesto over pasta. It’s so flavourful that a little goes a long way. Make a large batch of this pesto and keep it in your freezer so you always have some on hand.

May 23, 2014

Grilled Vegetables with Buffalo Mozzarella

This is one of those dishes where simple ingredients really shine. You can use any of your favourite vegetables and it will taste amazing.

May 14, 2014
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