This bright green, aromatic and flavorful sauce originated in Genoa, Italy. Traditionally this thick sauce is made by pulverizing or pounding large quantities of basil leaves with pine nuts, olive … [more]

Fusilli with hot sausage and fennel

We have made this recipe many times, in fact, if you have been to our house for dinner, chances are you have had it. The kids don’t like it so spicy so I will substitute sweet italian sausage … [more]


An Italian rice dish renowned for its creamy texture and moist consistency, risotto is founded on a starchy rice that comes from the town of Arborio in Northern Italy. The rice is gently sautéed in … [more]

Arborio rice

Grown in the town of Arborio in the Po Valley of Northern Italy, this medium grain rice is renowned for it’s high starch content. Traditionally Arborio rice is used to make risotto where the … [more]

Carbonara alla Angela

Some years ago, I travelled to Northern Italy with my daughters (they were three at the time). We stayed in a wonderful, 15th century villa not far from Verona. It was my first time in Italy, and I … [more]

Fettuccini carbonara

Consider this Italian comfort food. It is the perfect dish for a rainy Sunday that’s got you feeling blah. It’s even better on a Murphy Monday when everything thing that could go wrong … [more]


A poplar Italin dish originating from Naples. In it’s simplest form it consists of a thin slab of bread dough spread with a thick tomato sauce, covered with Mozzarella cheese, seasoned with … [more]

Linguine with clams

This dish requires a little bit of work, but trust me it’s worth it. My obsession began with a simple outing to our favorite Italian restaurant. I had always thought of linguine with clams as a … [more]

Champagne & shrimp risotto

This is a great, simple and delicious risotto recipe. It is easy to prepare provided you are willing to spend the 20 or so minutes required to be standing by the stove top stirring. But the results … [more]


This is a light sparkling italian wine wine made from the Prosecco grape in the Conegliano/Valdobbiadene region. Prosecco is made using the Charmat method rather than the Champagne method (méthode … [more]

Fettuccini carbonara with steamed broccoli on the side

Let’s face it, we all have those days when we simply need to throw something on the table, get the kids to bed and then pour ourselves a good cocktail. So here’s a menu for some Italian comfort … [more]

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