In Italy, food is practically synonymous with family. So many Italians’ earliest memories of eating or cooking are inextricably linked to a mother or a grandmother. We asked our Italian friends to share the recipes that have been passed down in their families.
Si cucina sempre pensando a qualcuno, altrimenti stai solo preparando da mangiare is an Italian saying meaning, “you always cook thinking of someone, otherwise you’re just preparing food.” Collecting these recipes was like diving into people’s memories. This collection is a culinary field trip spotted with anecdotes about little hands robbing freshly fried olive ascolane from the pan and one family’s infamous story of lambs who kept leaving for Milano.
A Love Story & Pasta Recipe: Casoncelli alla Bergamesca
Zia Andreina’s Stuffed Zucchini Recipe
Recipe: Nunzia’s Gli ‘Gnummarieddi From Puglia
Throw Together Minestra e Pizza Recipe
Traditional Torta della Nonna Recipe
Tortelli di Erbetta Recipe: A Mother Shows Her Love
Recipe: Stuffed Olives From Ascoli
Recipe: Calabria Carnevale Cookies