According to a widespread legend, this dish goes back to the Italian Carbonari, who made charcoal in the Appenine mountains. It is said this Spaghetti dish was cooked over a fire in a cast iron pan during their breaks. The Carbonari (Italian for “charcoal makers”) were an informal network of secret revolutionary societies active in the Italian mountains from about 1800 to 1831. A legend emerged later, it is … Continue reading Spaghetti Carbonara has a long history
To make one thing clear, the Spaghetti Bolognese dish is not an Italian invention. Nevertheless, you can often find it on menus in many other countries prepared in different ways. The name “Spaghetti Bolognese” is actually used when you mean the long pasta that is served with minced meat sauce. So whenever I am in the mood and tired of the common red Spaghetti sauce … Continue reading What? Spaghetti Bolognese not from Italy??!!
Last time I was at the Freiburg Münsterplatz I visited their large International Market and had fried Calamaris with Aioli sauce. That was the first time I tasted this sauce, and I have been bragging about it ever since. This spread or dip is used with the cuisines in Spain, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia. Also in France (Provence) and Italy, Sicily and Liguria and Calabria. Continue reading Aioli, a Mediterranean dip
One of my favorite Italian dishes is cheese tortellini with fresh Pesto sauce. I have Basil in abundance. Best with pasta, but also delicious with crackers or baked potato Continue reading Italian Basil Pesto – a tasty sauce for your Pasta
After we settled in our hotel, we did a sight-seeing tour with some friends and found the Pantheon. Hidden behind the facades of this masterful building is the oldest and largest Dome or Coppola of the world. It is built of ancient Cement, which was a Roman invention 2000+ years ago. My favorite and most beautiful ancient building in Rome is the Pantheon, a place … Continue reading The Pantheon in Rome
While in Rome we had this fantastic dinner at a Seafood restaurant called Ristorante Sapore di Mare after walking back from the Pantheon. I am a Seafood lover, and my favorite is Frutti Di Mare in red Marinara Sauce. Seafood as Shrimp, Mussels and Calamari are suited best for this dish. Whole cream for white sauce, or if you like it red, Marinara sauce can be … Continue reading Frutti di Mare in Sherry wine sauce
After an overnight stay in Orvieto, Umbria, we rode several hours into Rome with our tour bus. Arriving about 4 pm, we had some free time. Getting together with some fellow travelers we walked from our hotel to the Colosseum to see it by night. It paid off, what a wonderful sight. The Colosseum is an ancient amphitheater that originally held games. Fights were usual … Continue reading The Colosseum in Rome
We ate “Pollo alla cacciatora” in Orvieto, Umbrien. Also called “Hunter’s Wives” Chicken, this Italien Food has lots of fresh tomatoes and herbs, and is very delicious. Enough for 4 people, you would eat it with Parpadelle pasta (or wide noodles) Continue reading Chicken Italien style “Pollo alla cacciatora”