Nicknamed il Mozart dei fornelli (Mozart of the stovetop), Massimiliano Alajmo is respected in Italy and the culinary world internationally. He is the youngest chef in Europe to have ever received three stars from the prestigious Michelin Guide, the highest honor one can receive in his profession. He received it at the age of 28.


To understand something about Italian cooking you must first understand that Italy is a very young country, just over 150 years old, but a very old region. Before becoming a country, Italy was divided into kingdoms, dukedoms, republics, princedoms, and Papal areas. All these didn't have much contact with one another.


When it comes to weddings, cakes are clearly the dessert of choice, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have other sweets too. In the southern region of Abruzzo it is traditional to make pizzelle for weddings. Also known as ferratelle or cancelle, these thin waffle cookies are generally flavored with lemon zest or anice...


Italians love their coffee, and for most of them it is a four time a day ritual. The first cup of espresso comes with breakfast, which is never an elaborate affair, and is also the only time of the day when the classic caffè can be substituted with a cappuccino without raising eyebrows. Then comes lunch, which must end with another espresso, and...


Carmine’s in New York and Trattoria da Luigi in Rome both label themselves as Italian restaurants. Still, your dining experience in these two great establishments is going to be completely different, because Italian-American and Italian cuisine, while sharing the same roots, have grown into two very distinct cousins. Learn here how and why...


What’s more difficult than learning enough Italian so you can order delicious prosciutto? Choosing which kind of prosciutto to purchase! Any trip to the supermarket in Italy will present you with a bewildering range of options. And while price is an easy signal of quality, it is not the only factor you should consider before purchasing.


What do Silvio Berlusconi and Paula Dean have in common? These two public figures are worlds apart politically and culturally, but they share an affinity for dense corn porridge of their native regional cuisine. Be it grits in the Southeastern US or polenta in Northern Italy, cooked coarse corn meal enjoys a star role in kitchens of both regions.


Most Italian-American restaurants, along with many of us, have actually strayed from the original Italian method of serving pasta dishes. Giant portions of noodles, drowned in heavy sauces and topped with huge chunks of meat, have nothing to do with the way Italians eat. Here are two basic rules to prepare your pasta like a real Italian...


Visiting an outdoor food market in Italy is not just a task to restock your kitchen, it is an event for the senses. The powerful mix of sights, sounds and smells will leave your mouth watering... But how can you identify the best quality vendors among dozens and dozens of stalls and booths? The smart shopper's secret is to follow the nonne!


Dinner in Italy has the reputation of being a grand affair, typically made up of many courses and lasting at least two hours. It all starts with an appetizer, followed by a primo (pasta or rice), a secondo (meat or fish), contorni (vegetable side dishes), desserts and espresso. Indeed lots of small portions mark a very leisurely pace...