To me, this is fun food, finger food. My earliest memories of arancini take me back to Italy, when my grandmother would make it for us as a snack for afternoons on the beach. It’s compact, easy to eat and kid-friendly. My kids love them, and leftovers make great school lunches

January 20, 2017

Lazy Pork Wellington

Sometimes you come across a recipe that is so incredibly easy and so incredibly delicious that it’s like a gift. This recipe is inspired by my friend Carlotta who makes some of the best olive oil around. Sometimes that really good olive oil is hard to find here in Canada so I've adapted this recipe using savoury butter and freshly chopped herbs like sage and rosemary.

December 2, 2016


A simple thin chestnut cake - but adding pines nuts, raisins and rosemary to the smoky nutty flour takes it to new heights! I made this beauty in a wood-burning oven, but you can use a regular oven too.

November 16, 2016

Zucchini Risotto

Risotto is creamy and comforting—perfect for kids, so this is on my sister’s menu. It’s also a great way to get kids involved in cooking, since it requires a fair amount of stirring, which is easy for them to do, and they get to watch the dish develop right before their eyes.

November 7, 2016

Wine-Poached Pears with Parmigiano Reggiano & Ricotta

Fruit, wine and cheese is a very typical Italian dessert. This is kind of a twist on that idea. When you poach the pears you get a chance to add more flavors—the combination of wine, saffron with a hint of lemon is slightly exotic. Parmigiano Reggiano and ricotta are two of my favorite cheeses, and they complement the pear really well.

October 27, 2016

Parmigiano Reggiano Cream Crostini

A simple recipe - the wine adds moisture to the grated Parmigiano Reggiano, making it spreadable for your crostini. You can toast the crostini or not. If you want you can eliminate the pear and mix the Parmigiano Reggiano and wine with chopped walnuts and chopped black olives.

October 27, 2016

Cauliflower Pasta with Parmigiano Reggiano

This is a hearty one-pot, family-style meal. I generally find cauliflower to be a very bland vegetable, so I like to use it in dishes that take contrast that blandness with sharp-flavored ingredients like anchovies, olivesa and capers. Finish with a hit of Parmigiano and you have classic Italian comfort food.

October 27, 2016

Calamari and Chickpea Pasta

My dad loves ceci e pasta or chickpea and pasta soup. One day I made this spin on that classic and he went crazy for it, so now I make it for him all the time. This recipe calls for squid, but I’ve also made it with mussels and clams and it’s equally delicious.

October 24, 2016

Bollito with Salsa Verde and Chili Sauce

Simple boiled beef with two tasty sauces makes for a great meal

October 17, 2016

Salsa Verde

A simple Italian salsa verde made with anchovies - This recipe which can be used as a topping for anything from meats to breads

October 17, 2016

Chili Sauce

Use this chili sauce to spice up your pizza, sandwich or even pasta dishes

October 17, 2016

Risotto con Raddichio e Vino Rosso

This colourful risotto packs a flavourful punch - and is a great way to use up any leftover wine from a weekend of festivities!

October 11, 2016

Gateau di Patate

If you like mashed potatoes, you’ll love this recipe! Gateau di Patate literally means “Potato Cake”. To me it’s the ultimate comfort food. It’s like a baked mashed potato with crispy bits of pancetta and chunks of pecorino, parmigiano and provola cheese. It’s so easy, give it a try!

September 29, 2016

Torta D’Uva

This Torta D'uva recipe is a beauty especially during the wine harvest in Chainti. The dough is a combo of schiacciata & cake - Add a splash of grappa, sugar and grapes to the dough to give it a wild flavor and a gorgeous look.

September 27, 2016

Porcini Gnocchi

I love gnocchi and this is one of my favorite ways to prepare it. This recipe takes a simple dish that is essentially potato and flour, and gives it some glamour, and incredible flavor.

September 23, 2016

Insalata di Riso

An oldie but a goodie - this recipe was published back in my first book "Dolce Vita" and is perfect for throwing together the night before a picnic or day at the beach.

September 16, 2016

Cold Couscous Salad

In this quick and easy no cook recipe the ingredients do all the work themselves. Eating well looks good on you!

July 11, 2016

Cozze Gratinate

These are great snack that you can serve warm or at room temperature.

July 5, 2016

Italian-Style Burgers

I love burgers. Punto e basta. No, seriously. I really, really love burgers. If burgers don’t sound Italian enough to you, then think of them as flattened meatballs.

July 4, 2016

Spaghetti al Limon with Calamari

Adding grilled seafood to this simple spaghetti dish really takes it up a notch. Serve it at your next summer dinner party.

June 16, 2016

Espresso Lassi

A classic Indian treat with an Italian twist!

June 15, 2016
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Uova al Pomodoro – Eggs in Purgatory

This is one of my absolute favourites: so simple and so delicious. Poach a few eggs in tomato sauce, add chunks of mozzarella and serve with plenty of crusty bread.

May 31, 2016

Spaghetti al Limone

This is a dead simple pasta dish that's so flavourful, it instantly transports you to the Amalfi Coast.

May 17, 2016

Pasta Fritta

Leftover pasta never tasted so good! You can use any type of pasta, but I spaghetti works really nicely here.

April 12, 2016

Tiramisu al Vin Santo

Creamy mascarpone, liqueur-infused cookies and plenty of chocolate makes this lazy man's tiramisu an instant classic.

March 31, 2016

Lemon Rice

The intense lemon flavour is what makes this Indian rice dish a real standout for me. It's the perfect, super-simple side for your next dinner party.

March 18, 2016

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.

March 2, 2016

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

The star ingredient of this classic Neapolitan pasta sauce is the anchovies. If you're uneasy about the texture of the flavourful fish, use anchovy paste instead.

February 24, 2016

Coconut Curry Prawns

Inspired by the flavours of Kerala, this simple coconut curry dish combines the best of Indian and Italian cooking.

February 8, 2016

Pasta Al Forno

A Sunday pranzo favourite in my family, this baked pasta is crispy and crunchy at the corners, and smooth, soft and cheesy on the inside.

February 4, 2016

Laal Maas

This traditional Rajasthani dish is like an Italian spezzatino loaded with spices and flavour.

January 29, 2016

Pasta alla Trapanese

I first had this recipe in Trapani sicily. Some people think it's not Italian, but it's a local specialty and it's beyond delicious.

January 26, 2016

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.

January 22, 2016

Vegetarian Carbonara

Swap in zucchini for the traditional pancetta and you have a vegetarian take on a classic Italian pasta dish.

January 19, 2016

Tagliatelle al Ragù Bianco

Slow cooking the ragu for a few hours is what really makes this dish stand-out. All the flavours meld together to become a rich and delicious sauce.

January 14, 2016

Lamb Spezzatino

This is an Indian-style lamb spezzatino recipe I picked up from my friend Alessio at the Fratelli winery in India. It's rich, spicy, perfectly seasoned and full of interesting flavours.

January 8, 2016

Cesira Ciroli’s Classic Pizzelles

Traditional Italian wafer cookies that are great for Christmas or anytime, really! Recipe by my good friend Cesira.

December 23, 2015

La Pizza di Scarola

This is my probably my favorite stuffed pizza and it's a Neapolitan classic: escarole, garlic, anchovies, raisins and pine nuts. Incredible.

December 16, 2015

Chocolate Parmigiano Nuggets

The salty-sweet combination of Parmigiano chocolate is unforgettable. Once you try these delicious treats you'll be craving them always.

December 15, 2015

Cozze Gratinate

This is an easy and flavourful way of dressing up fresh mussels. Serve them as an appetizer at your next dinner party.

December 7, 2015

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.

December 7, 2015

Lazy Man’s Eggplant Parmigiana

If you love eggplant parmigiana but you're kind of lazy like me, this recipe is for you.

November 6, 2015

Coconut Curry Clams

This is an Indian twist on steamed clams, and while there's a lot of ingredients involved, it's totally worth the work. Simply amazing.

November 5, 2015

Parmigiano-Reggiano Potatoes

This is a simple way of dressing up leftover roasted potatoes that you'll absolutely love.

October 9, 2015

Spaghetti with Wild Fennel

A really simple pasta dish that's brought to life by the fresh flavours of wild fennel.

October 2, 2015


This is a cheesecake recipe I picked up in Maremma and it's is so simple and not too sweet, which I really love.

September 11, 2015

Pici Pasta with Asparagus, Fava Beans and Pancetta

This simple pasta combines all my favourite Tuscan ingredients. It's beyond delicious.

September 3, 2015

Octopus & Potato Salad

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

August 11, 2015

Spaghetti alle Vongole

This classic Italian dish is one of my all-time favourites and it's a lot easier to make than you think.

July 29, 2015

Pasta with Tomatoes

This dish is all about three ingredients: fresh cherry tomatoes, good olive oil and fresh basil. Make it mid-summer when cherry tomatoes are their peak.

July 27, 2015
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