Recent Posts

Boiled ox tongue with green parsley sauce

Boiled ox tongue with green parsley sauce

Boiled ox tongue with parsley sauce is a recipe typical of the Piedmont region, in North-West Italy. Ox tongue belongs to the so-called meat category of the “fifth quarter”. The name might seem a bit nonsensical as quartering means literally to cut in four parts. […]

Is Northern Italian food gross?

Is Northern Italian food gross?

Tripe, brains, liver, kidneys, testicles, frogs, moulded cheeses, smelly fishes…The question among the uninitiated arises: is Northern Italian food gross? Indeed, the level of tolerance towards certain things varies from culture to culture, as TV food programmes like Bizarre Foods have taught us. Nevertheless, some […]

Minestrone vegetable soup with rice

Minestrone vegetable soup with rice

Minestrone is another one of those recipes that enjoy great popularity outside Italy. It’s a great dish for many reasons: it’s healthy, cheap and it allows to make use of any leftover vegetables. It also tastes great even the day after, hot or at warm […]

The drinking culture of Northern Italy

The drinking culture of Northern Italy

Picture this. It’s Friday night in London and crowds of workers leaving the office congregate at the local pub, looking forward to a well-deserved pint of beer. Soon, a mass of people will be standing outside on the pavement. Drink and packet of (paid-for) crisps […]

Panini al latte ripieni – Milk buns with Parma ham and cooked ham

Panini al latte ripieni – Milk buns with Parma ham and cooked ham

This recipe comes straight from the “nostalgia” drawer: milk buns stuffed with Parma ham and cooked ham. When I was a kid this was a regular feature of the food buffet of birthday parties, along with crisps and bottles of Coke, Fanta and Sprite. Over […]

Stopover in Milan: Lavorato cocktail at Camparino bar

Stopover in Milan: Lavorato cocktail at Camparino bar

So you’re going to be travelling to Milan soon and are wondering where you should go. Perhaps this is the first time you’re going there, or maybe this is a work trip and you’ve attached just a couple more days to visit the city, and […]

How to order and what to order at a restaurant in Northern Italy

How to order and what to order at a restaurant in Northern Italy

Have you ever been to a restaurant that has a certain style or serves a certain type of cuisine that you’re not very familiar with, and wondered if you’ve ordered enough, or if your order makes sense at all? I have, many times, especially in […]

Coniglio alla ligure – Ligurian style rabbit with red wine, olives, pine nuts and rosemary

Coniglio alla ligure – Ligurian style rabbit with red wine, olives, pine nuts and rosemary

In this period I’m in full Ligurian mode. It might be because the weather is getting warmer, or because I’m starting to dream about the summer holidays, but I find myself increasingly looking for lighter supper options, of which the the local Ligurian cuisine has […]

Focaccia al formaggio – Ligurian style flatbread filled with soft stracchino cheese

Focaccia al formaggio – Ligurian style flatbread filled with soft stracchino cheese

Focaccia al formaggio, or focaccia di Recco, is another Ligurian dish that once tried it’s impossible not to fall in love with. It’s made of two super-thin see-through layers of dough with chunks of soft cheese in the middle and a generous drizzle of extra […]