How To Make Italian Soffritto


Each cuisine has a version of a soffritto used as the base for soups, stews, and sauces. In Italian, it’s spelled soffritto and is derived from the verb soffriggere which means ‘under-fried’ or ‘fried slowly’. However, each culture has its own unique spelling, name, and/or ingredients for soffritto. For example, in Hispanic cuisine, you can … Read more

Tomato Salad Recipe (Insalata di Pomodoro)

There are few things that scream summer more than this tomato salad recipe. This is actually a riff on Lina’s Insalata di Pomodoro Calabrese recipe. The underripe tomatoes, peperoncino, and mix of basil and oregano make a ‘sauce’ you’ll want to drink straight out of the bowl! Making Tomato Salad With Green Tomatoes We’re partial … Read more

Pasta With Tomato Sauce Recipe (Pasta al Pomodoro 2.0)

Pasta with tomato sauce is one of the classics. It’s a dish we all know and (mostly) love. And to be honest it’s a perfect dish. While we have absolutely zero qualms about making and eating the same dish over and over (looking at you Pasta Aglio e Olio), there’s always room for experimentation. Especially … Read more

Fried Zucchini Fritters Recipe (Frittelle di Zucchine)


The much-anticipated zucchini fritters recipe is finally here and it’s an especially good one! Zucchini fritters, or Frittelle di Zucchine as they’re called in Calabria, are one of our favorite ways to use up the abundance of zucchini we accumulate each summer. The funny thing is we don’t grow zucchini. We just keep buying and … Read more

Pesto di Zucchine Recipe

Pesto Season It’s pesto season and today professional pasta maker Alessandra Lauria is sharing her pesto di zucchine recipe! Pesto is one of those sauces that’s nearly impossible to mess up. With basil season upon us that also means it’s time to start making this incredible sauce. There are many different types of pesto. Some … Read more

Fried Artichoke Hearts Recipe (Carciofi Fritti)

After Holiday season there’s one thing we particularly look forward to eating and that’s fried artichoke hearts (carciofi fritti). Everyone in Italy seems to be making artichokes on social right now. And well, it’s because artichokes are literally everywhere. Artichoke Season in the Northern Hemisphere Artichoke season in the northern hemisphere is from February to … Read more

Fettuccine with Porcini Mushrooms (Fettuccine ai Funghi Porcini)

fettuccine with porcini mushroom

We shared photos of this fettuccine with porcini mushrooms on social media and our inbox imploded, everyone wanted the recipe. Well, we do love a good white sauce and porcini mushrooms are delicious regardless if they’re dried, frozen, or at their peak freshness in the fall so here you go! How To Find Good Porcini … Read more

Patate e Peperoni Recipe AKA Patate e Pipi (Potatoes and Bell Peppers)

Patate e Peperoni Recipe Patate e Peperoni, Sardella, N’duja, Fressurata, Pasta al Forno, Parmigiana, Vrasciole. These are the foods we think of when someone says the word Calabria. But let’s be clear, Patate e Peperoni is at the top of that list. Patate e Peperoni translates to potatoes and peppers. However, you might see this … Read more

Best Italian Fried Meatballs (Vrasciole)

italian fried meatballs

These are the best Italian fried meatballs and in Calabria they’re called vrasciole. Italians love meatballs including them in soups, pasta al forno, and more. In south Italy, they usually boil meatballs in soup or fry them in olive oil. What Are Italian Meatballs? Italian meatballs are usually made with lean ground beef, parmigiano reggiano, … Read more

Orecchiette with Broccoli (Orecchiette con Broccoli)


This orecchiette with broccoli recipe (orecchiette con broccoli) feels incredibly indulgent! This dish is from Puglia, a beautiful southern region. Puglia occupies the heel of the boot, separated from Calabria by the region of Basilicata. Puglia is famous for its incredible seafood, especially clams and mussels. It’s also famous for its cheeses, bread, and olive … Read more