Espresso is an artisanal drink, intertwined with the maker, requiring skill, patience, and passion. This concept is at odds with modern society, which is why finding authentic Italian espresso is so hard these days. In America, espresso is a recent immigrant who hasn’t quite assimilated and isn’t quite determined to retain its identity. But who has the time? Who really cares? There are a few factors that contribute to the problem. This is indeed a… [Read More]
Ancient Romans developed cheese-making into a precise art using many of the skills from earlier times. The Romans understood that varying cures and treatments infused their cheese with unique flavors. They were also the first to develop the aging process, providing the cheese with an even more complex set of flavors. Romans invented the caseale, or cheese kitchen, to hone their skills. The process of smoking cheeses also originated in Ancient Rome. Knowledge of cheese-making skills… [Read More]
Campanian soft fresh ewe’s milk whey cheese.
Sardinian almond-paste cookies.
“Priest’s hairs,” very thin, curly Calabrian pasta.
“Capri-style,” usually referring to a lightly cooked sauce of tomatoes, basil, olive oil and mozzarella. Insalata alla caprese is a fresh salad made with the same four ingredients, often served as an antipasto.
Sardinian seafood stew, usually containing Saint Peter’s fish, octopus, and red chili peppers.
Young eel, usually grilled.
Bolognese Christmas spice cake.