How to recognize fake Italian food (Part 2)

Italian food

In How to recognize fake Italian food (Part 1), I explained how to spot real Italian food from quality labels. Today, I want to focus, instead, on how to recognize authentic Italian food just looking at traditional food labels. When Italians go to supermarkets they generally prefer buying products that have been produced, processed and prepared in Italy. Indeed, Italian products are usually subjected to specific controls that assure both their quality and citizens’ health. To help Italian citizens – and foreigners too – to understand where a product comes from, the government decided to oblige producers to write specific…

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How to recognize fake Italian food (Part 1)

DOP - Italian food

One of the reasons Italy is best known for is its food. Italians use healthy ingredients and create delicious dishes. People from all over the world love the food the Bel Paese can offer. And nowadays they can even find some typical Italian food at the supermarket without necessarily taking a trip to Italy to taste it. But…are you sure that the food you buy is really Italian? Do you really know what you’re eating? Since Italian food is so loved, it is also one of the most counterfeited products in the world. It’s estimated that trade in counterfeit Italian…

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How to deal with the days of the blackbird: coconut biscuits

The days of the blackbird – i giorni della merla – is an Italian expression meaning the coldest days of winter – specifically the 29th, 30th, 31st of January. No one knows exactly the origins of this expression, but there are some folk legends about it. The most famous one is about a female blackbird and her three chicks. The legend tells of how, a very long time ago, all blackbirds were white as snow and, during winter, stayed in their nests, waiting for spring to come. One year, when winter days just seemed to be over, a huge blizzard hit…

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Italian food – Pumpkin Risotto

One of the reasons tourists love Italy so much is food. Today I want to share with you my family’s recipe for pumpkin risotto, taken from my new book Sos Italian cooking. Ingredients 300 g (10.58 oz) Arborio rice 300 g (10.58 oz) fresh pumpkin 3 slices of onion 50 g (1.76 oz) unsalted butter 8 ladles vegetable stock – 1.2 L (5.07 cups), more or less A handful of Parmesan Table salt 125 mL(0.52 cup) dry white wine For the stock 1 onion 1 stalk of celery 1 carrot 1 zucchini 2.5 L (10.56 cups) water   What you…

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