Italian Gourmet Food News

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.


If you already know you don’t only want pasta al pomodoro or pizza on your Italian tour, you are in luck. Every Italian town has its own speciality made with the utmost love and pride. Here are 5 of the best regional dishes: Osso Buco with Risotto, Swordfish Messina Style, Grilled Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Brodetto di Pesce, and Granita with Brioche.


Last Christmas, while looking for traditional cookies made in Piedmont, to use as a small gift for a friend, I discovered baci di dama, which are hazelnut butter cookies, sandwiched around chocolate hazelnut spread. Being a big chocolate chip cookie lover, I found hard to stay away from this kind of Italian hazelnut Oreo...


Most people do not need to sugar coat their wedding since is already a happy occasion. But a sweet treat never hurt anyone, right? This is why Italian brides have been handing out confetti at their weddings for centuries. These candied almonds are placed in beautiful containers and then served as favors called bomboniere.


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...


Deciding on wedding cake? Picking out the type of cake is one of the many fun choices a bride and groom get to make when planning their big day. Go with something pretty, symbolic, and of course, delicious: a cake that is traditionally served at Italian weddings! Here we give you some great options, from Millefoglie to Protiferole Tower.


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...


Salami is as Italian as it gets and each type is almost always made with pork. Prosciutto is also a product of pig. At butcher shops in Italy, nearly every part of swine is available for purchase. It goes without saying that pigs in Italy are a staple food product. Less known is the role of wild boars - called cinghiale in Italian - in the local cuisine.


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...


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.