Italy

Panmarino, or Italian rosemary bread

September 29, 2013
Panmarino, or Italian rosemary bread

I made a pain au levain the other week, a French sourdough shaped like a torpedo, and full of glorious air holes, encased in a brittle crust. It was a textbook example of why ‘slow is best’ when it comes to baking bread. The levain,¬†or starter, was set up the night before, giving it a […]

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Cicchetti, and Other Small Italian Dishes to Share, Lindy Wildsmith & Valentina Harris

July 17, 2013
Cicchetti, and Other Small Italian Dishes to Share, Lindy Wildsmith & Valentina Harris review

There are dozens of Italian cookbooks on my shelves. It’s a cuisine I return to time and time again, because it’s accessible, exciting and packed with flavour. Its reliance on good ingredients, cooked simply, cooked well suits my own approach to food. Most of all, the food of Italy never stops surprising me – the […]

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Sicily, by the Silver Spoon Kitchen

March 31, 2013
Sicily, by the Silver Spoon Kitchen

Sicily is one of the most interesting parts of Italy, not least from a culinary position. The island’s position as the biggest in the Mediterranean, the ball to Italy’s boot, means that it’s endured attack and invasion from all sides, each successive wave of occupation leaving another layer on the island’s cuisine. The effect has […]

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Pizzeria da Remo, Rome

June 23, 2012
Pizzeria da Remo, Testaccio, Rome, Italy

Remember the other week I wrote about trekking all over Rome to find a pizzeria late at night? The same thing happened the next evening, too, when we yomped across the city to a closed-down restaurant, complete with tumbleweed rolling past the door. Luckily, I’d idly canvassed some twitter opinion on decent restaurants when I […]

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Pizzeria Dar Poeta, Rome

June 14, 2012
Pizzeria Dar  Poeta Rome

We’d travelled a long way, and when we arrived in Rome, it was late, right in the middle of that strange hinterland where the kids flick from being wide awake and excited to worn-out zombies within a couple of seconds. Not feeding them properly helps to hasten the transformation, so we strode out into Trastevere […]

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What’s that pasta really called?

May 3, 2011
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What kind of pasta is on your plate? by Charming Italy

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