Monthly Archives: May 2011

Le Polpette al Sugo

At home in Rome, meatballs cooking on the stove top meant that rigatoni with meat sauce would be served as a first course.  The abundant tomato sauce in which the meatballs cook almost steals the show from the meatballs themselves, … Continue reading

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Prosciutto e Mozzarella

We don’t always share our kitchen well.  Our cooking styles are different; Cara is calm and meditative, while Stefano is turbulent and inspired.  Stefano’s creations are splendid, reminiscent of his mother’s and grandmother’s kitchen.  When he is done cooking, every … Continue reading

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Un Cono e Un Caffè al Pantheon

Our favorite monument in Rome is the Pantheon.  Built in 27 B.C. as a temple to the gods of Ancient Rome, rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in 127 A.D. following the burning of Rome and converted to a Catholic church in … Continue reading

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La Pizza Napoletana

In our house, we jokingly argue about whether the best pizza is made in Rome or in Naples. Roman pizza has a thin, light crust which serves as the backdrop for the flavorful additions on top.  Neapolitan pizza, on the … Continue reading

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La Carbonara

Not wanting to venture out to the market in the downpour, Spaghetti alla Carbonara was our choice for lunch on this stormy Sunday afternoon.   The creamy eggs, crispy guanciale, and sharp pecorino made for a hearty pasta dish that diverted … Continue reading

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Spaghetti al Pomodoro e Basilico

Cosa mangiamo? – Italian for “What are we having to eat?” – is our way of opening our kitchen to you.  Once or twice a week, we will write about what we are preparing for dinner, tell you a little … Continue reading

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Torre Normanna

If you have never been to Italy, you need to start planning a trip, now.  If you have been there, you need to start planning your return trip. A friend recently returned from a trip to Italy raved to us … Continue reading

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La Crostata

Ciao!  Cara here. Today on my way to work I found myself behind a car sporting a simple bumper sticker with the message “Love People.  Feed Them Tasty Food.”  This, I thought, sums up why I cook and bake.  Nourishing … Continue reading

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La Giulietta

Italians love their cars almost as much as their food and their wine. While most cars out on the Italian strade and autostrade are the practical, small, 4-cylinder vehicles typical of European nations, there are a few models that symbolize … Continue reading

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