Drink Recipe: Negroni Sbagliato (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy The classic Negroni was invented in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni in Florence with gin as its main ingredient. The Negroni Sbagliato or “wrong” Negroni was invented at Milan’s Bar Basso in Milan in the late 1960s or early 1970s when barman Mirko Stocchetto accidently put Prosecco …

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Christmas Recipes From Our Family to Yours: Faraona (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. My sister and I try to incorporate both Italian and Australian-British traditions into our Christmas cooking here in Italy. These two recipes are our mainstays for our family Christmas gatherings Faraona (Guinea Fowl With Chestnut Stuffing) After the pasta course of Christmas lunch or dinner is …

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Christmas Recipes From Our Family to Yours: Tortellini in Brodo (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. My sister and I try to incorporate both Italian and Australian-British traditions into our Christmas cooking here in Italy. These two recipes are our mainstays for our family Christmas gatherings.  Tortellini in Brodo Tortellini in broth is a classic Christmas recipe, originating in Bologna, although it …

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Rediscovering My Grandmother’s Recipes (April/May 2021)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. In the new TV special, Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive, I revisit my attempt to claim Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, by blood. In our Castelvetere sul Calore episode in season two, I explored how I could get citizenship through my maternal grandfather and his ancestors, …

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Recipe: Polenta and Sausages (December 2020/January 2021)

This recipe originally appeared in the article Polenta: A Poor Food That Endures in the December 2020/January 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Ingredients 1 lb (400 g) coarse or medium coarse cornmeal for polenta, organic and stone-ground if possible 10-12 pork sausages (not spicy) 1 each of the following: onion, carrot, celery stick, fresh bay leaf, sprig of rosemary, clove 1/2 cup …

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Recipe: Traditional Emilia-Romagna-Style Piadina

This recipe originally appeared in the article Piadina: Emilia-Romagna’s Daily Bread in the October/November 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Makes 5 piadine Ingredients 4 cups of super fine flour 4 generous tablespoons lard 2 pinches of baking soda 1 ½ teaspoons of salt Directions Place the flour on a spacious flat kneading surface and create a small crater in the middle, …

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Ristorante Michel’angelo’s Zucchini or Eggplant Parmesan Recipe (April/May 2020)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Gianluca D’Esposito and his Australian-born wife, Holly Star, from Capri’s Ristorante Michel’angelo have shared a family favorite recipe: Capri is a natural paradise and its rich soil and moderate climate makes it perfect to cultivate the fresh ingredients that feature in its traditional cuisine. At Gianluca’s family home, they …

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Recipe: Carciofi Alla Giudia (February 2020)

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. You can find the main article here.  The most challenging part of this recipe is finding artichokes like Rome’s Romaneschi. That is, artichokes without hairy chokes or thorny leaves, that still have their stems. With so many sophisticated small farmers in the USA these days, you may be …

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Recipe: Casoncelli alla Bergamesca (June/July 2019)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Once upon a time, a Chinese-Canadian girl met a tall, dark, and handsome Italian boy at a bar in a classic meet-cute worthy of a 90s sitcom. Fast-forward thousands of airplane miles, bottles of wine, minutes on Skype and that girl now calls Bergamo her adopted home. …

Recipe: Zia Andreina’s Stuffed Zucchini Recipe (June/July 2019)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. This recipe is such a family favorite that over the last 50 years, my aunt’s fingers have morphed into the perfect shape to stuff the small Roman zucchini. Her index fingers are slightly twisted and curved and make for the perfect tools. As a kid, I ate …