Stuffed zucchini blossoms are a beautiful early summer treat. The petals’ delicate, vegetal taste perfectly complements the creaminess of the ricotta filling, creating a light but deeply flavorful appetizer.
A favorite Roman street food, pizza alla pala is topped with fresh ingredients and served on its namesake paddle. Compared to the wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, it's made with a denser dough and baked in an electric oven, giving us a delicious crispy flatbread.
Leave it to the fiery Romans to give us pasta all'arrabbiata. Cooked in a tomato-based sauce, this "angry" pasta is spiced with crushed red peppers. Our simple recipe will take you all of 30 minutes to prepare while delivering a complex depth of flavor. Whip this up for a workday dinner tonight; repeat tomorrow.
Pasta alla carbonara has humble roots in the Apennine hills of central Italy, not far from Roma. The dish was known as the shepherds’ favorite as they roamed the hilly pastures following the movement of flocks, a practice known as transumanza, thanks to its simple, readily available ingredients: egg, guanciale, and cheese.
The Tuscan answer to biscotti, these twice-baked almond cookies are extra crunchy. In Toscana, cantucci are traditionally dunked in Vin Santo, sweet dessert wine – but they are also perfect for dunking in coffee or tea.
Panzanella is the quintessential dish to throw together when you don't want to go to the store. The classic Tuscan salad calls for only a few simple ingredients: stale bread, misc. produce, and basic seasonings. Centuries ago in Toscana, when bread was baked only once a week, families would use leftover loaves by soaking the stale bread in olive oil and vinegar. The revitalized bread would be tossed with whatever fresh produce was available in the garden.