Three typical Italian biscuits

Three typical Italian biscuits

Italian cooking has many delicious dishes which are made with fresh ingredients. You can find lasagna, agnolotti, mushroom risotto, scaloppini, brasato, sea beam, etc. For those of you who are particularly gluttonous of sweets and desserts, Italy has also a large list of cakes and biscuits you can taste or cook. In this article, I’m going to introduce you to some typical Italian biscuits that you can cook at home and startle your friends and family. 1. TEGOLE D’AOSTA The tegole d’Aosta, literally Aosta’s tile, are one of the typical Italian biscuits produced in the Italian region Valle d’Aosta. They…

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What to cook for Christmas – Italian recipes

Are you spending Christmas in Italy? Let me give you a friendly advice: eat lightly on Christmas’ Eve or you won’t survive Christmas lunch. This is serious, I’m not jocking. Let me give you an example of how an Italian mind can work when you use the words Christmas and food on the same sentence. Some weeks ago I was having a conversation with my mother. It went more or less like this: Mom: Hey, we’re going to decide what to cook for Christmas. Mamma: Hey, dobbiamo decidere cosa cucinare per Natale. Me: Oooh no! Please, there are still three…

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Authentic Italian pizza – history, curiosities, and recipes

Italian pizza

Pizza is the most famous Italian dish in the world. But what are the origins of this deliciousness? The first documented usage of the word pizza dates back to 997 AD. At that time, pizza was slightly different from the one everybody knows. In fact, it was a simple flatbread either with no topping, or usually topped with spices, cheese or meat. Then, after 1700, when tomatoes were finally considered eatable, Italians started to use them as a topping for flatbread. However, it was not until 11 June 1889 that the most known Italian pizza, pizza Margherita, was baked. Indeed,…

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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 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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