Archive for October, 2015

A Cold Beer & Stunning Suppli.. The ultimate sporting snack!

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Whether you’re watching the Rugby World Cup or the last races of the F1 season, the first day of the jump season or the race for the Premiership title, Suppli are the ultimate sporting snack as they’re very easy to eat, extremely moorish and go really well with a cold Italian beer. Here’s our friend’s recipe for these mouthfuls of …

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A simply sublime dessert…

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Whipped Ricotta with Rum and Fresh Berry Compote
Ricotta Montata con Rum e Composta di Bacche
 This glorious marriage of flavours has been around for centuries in Italy. It soothes with its cuddle of creamy sweetened ricotta. Add crushed Amaretti and preserved cherries; our favourite are the amarena cherries made by Fabbri and sold in pretty blue and white patterned …

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A Perfect Weekend…


We spent last weekend at the stunning Castello di Casole, a Timbers Resort in Tuscany which is a beautiful, luxurious hotel set in the hills near Siena and describes itself as ‘Tuscany – past, present and perfect’. The hotel itself mixes contemporary Italian design and style with it’s historic castello foundations seamlessly and when you’re there you’re transported to a world where …

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Seabass Saltimbocca

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This is one of our friend Stefania’s ‘supper in three ingredients’ recipes. She likes to have everything ready
around her, including a side dish of potatoes or Green Beans with Lemon, as it is a quick dish to cook.
Sea Bass with Parma Ham and Sage Leaves
Saltimbocca di Spigola

Serves 4
8 small skin-on sea bass
or sea …

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All Roads Back Lead to Rome…

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We have just returned from a research trip for our next book on regional Italian food which is due out next year and covers the food of the island of Sicily. On our way to the Island we flew via Rome and spent a day doing something that both Giancarlo and I find the one of the most rewarding part …

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When In Rome…


During our research trips for our new book ‘Rome-Centuries in an Italian Kitchen’ we stumbled across some great bars, restaurants and food shops that are not part of the normal ‘tourist trail’. There’s a full list in the book but here’s a few of our favourites:-
Trattoria De Teo

Situated in the Piazza dei Ponziani, this fabulous little trattoria is …

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