Category Archives: Recipes and Wine Pairings

Panna cotta all’arancia e pistacchio di Bronte

Some days, I tell Stefano that I might just drop everything and become a pastry chef.  Specifically, an Italian pastry chef.  A pasticciere. There’s truly nothing more spectacular, in our humble opinion, than Italian pastries and desserts.  Delicate, nuanced flavors; … Continue reading

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La pasta al forno di Nonna Pierina (Nonna Pierina’s Oven-Baked Pasta)

Nonna Pierina was, among many things, a very good cook. Pierina was was born in 1922 into a poor, farming family in Piglio, a small village in the Apennine mountains about 50 kilometers east of Rome. She married Nonno Mario … Continue reading

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Maritozzi con la panna

La brioche con la panna a cui nessun romano può rinunciare.  The whipped cream-filled brioche that no Roman can renounce. This bold declaration greeted us on a giant sign hung on the wall in the pasticceria, directly across from the enormous … Continue reading

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Filetto in crosta with 2011 Cuvée Arlette from Lauren Ashton Cellars

What a delight one recent afternoon when, there amidst the clutter in my inbox, was a note from Kimberly of Lauren Ashton Cellars, a small, boutique winery in Washington state.  Kimberly explained, “We have just started distribution in Minnesota and … Continue reading

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Bucatini all’amatriciana

Se magna pè campà, no’ pe’ crepà. One cannot always renounce good food, especially Stefano’s bucatini all’amatriciana. As Romans, we were appalled to discover recently that Due Spaghetti was missing a recipe for l’amatriciana, one of Rome’s three quintessential pasta … Continue reading

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Pollo alla romana (Roman-style chicken)

Today’s post is for my friend and colleague Julius, who cooks for his lovely wife Alexis on Thursdays. I promised him more chicken recipes on Due Spaghetti, as he’s already cooked his way through pollo alla cacciatora, pollo alle olive … Continue reading

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Spaghetti con pesce spada e pistacchi – Swordfish Spaghetti with Pistachio

For seafood lovers like ourselves, our recent trip to Sicily was culinary nirvana.  At Bed & Breakfast Mammaliturchi we feasted on one amazing meal after another, each authentically with passione and orgoglio by hosts Cico and Lola. We devoured: Spaghetti … Continue reading

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