This week the Italian food and wine links are more delicious than ever. If you can't find guanciale, that most necessary ingredient for pasta all' amatriciana, locally? No problem, there's a recipe for making your own. Also there are links for handmade farfalle (butterfly) pasta, braised pork cheek ravioloni, artichoke risotto and more. In Eating Italy, find out about a fish cooking class on one of Abruzzo's trabocco, dining in Venice and lots of food photos, another food photo essay on food in Rome, much about wine in Puglia, Verona, Liguria and Orvieto, and a link to clips on a TV program in Italy that humorously pits north against south in the kitchen.
On another note, I've been offline this week due to a few things. One is that my 82 year-old aunt Giuseppina, one of my most loyal readers and whose hands you see regularly in food photos, has been in the hospital. I've been spending a lot of time there and helping to get things in order for her recovery and return home. Sweet, independent and also stubborn, I'm sure she's determined to get back to driving and lunching with her club of Sicilian-Italian ladies. Get well soon, Josie!
Besides that, I've been planning for another summer on the road! After a week of traveling with dad in Scandinavia, I'll continue this food lover's odyssey with a culinary giro in Italia and southern France. The giro begins in Rome and ends in September with the fabulous Culinary Journey in Puglia! (If you'd like to join us, spaces are still available but are filling up fast!) I promise this week you'll hear more from me here on the blog and with daily photos from Italy and France on Facebook. Enjoy & Buon Appetito!
My Choice for This Week's Top 10 Italian Food Recipes:
Homemade Guanciale - Scordo
Torta Salata ai Carciofi (Savory Artichoke Tart) and photos from the artichoke festival in Ladispoli (near Rome) - Aprons and Sneakers
Chili Pepper Farinata - Lucullian Delights
Artichoke Risotto: Risotto ai Carciofi - Educated Palate
Risi e Bisi (Rice and Peas) - Kitchen in the City
Handmade Farfalle, Pesce Spada e Pistacchi (Farfalle with swordfish and pistacchios) - Volevo Fare lo Chef
Braised Pork Cheek Ravioloni - Emiko Davies
Saltimbocca alla Romana - Manu's Menu
Seppie in Zimino (Cuttlefish with Leafy Greens) - The Florentine
Fun with Fish: An Italian Fish Cookery Course Aboard a Trabocco - Life in Abruzzo
Benvenuti a Tavola: Nord vs. Sud - Clips and thoughts about a TV show in Italy that uses humor, and food & cooking, to shine a light on north vs. south in Italy - Rubber Slippers in Italy
Food in Rome: Restaurants, Campo dei Fiori and a Giant Mortadella - great food photos from Rome - Wired 2 the World
Festa della Palamita - A Tuscan Food Festival - Honest Cooking
Artichoke Indulgence - Photo essay of the abundance of artichokes in Rome - Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
Enoteca Trucchi in Rome Specializes in Natural Wines - Parla Food
Salice Salentino DOC: The Basics - Cantele, Puglia Wine Trails
Rossese - A red wine to go with fish and some info on dining in Liguria - The American in Italia
The Potent King of the Valpolicellas - story about Amarone and the winemaker Giuseppe Quintarelli - New York Times
Upcoming Food & Wine Festivals in Italy:
Porto Cervo Wine Festival - May 4, 5, and 6 - Sardinia - Sample wines from 60 of Sardinia's wine maker and from other regions of Italy while enjoying the beauty of the Emerald Coast
Wine in the City - May 16 to 19 - Naples - Throughout the city wine will be the focus of this event, where there will be wine to taste
Vitigno Italia - May 20 to 22 - Naples - 8th Annual Wine Festival in Naples at the Castel dell' Ovo
Firenze Gelato Festival - May 23 to 27 - Florence - The piazzas and streets of Florence will be filled with gelato stands and gelato!
Festa Artusiana - June 16 to 24 - Forlimpopli - A gastronomic festival to celebrate Pellegrino Artusi, author of the first Italian cookbook, in his home town in the Emilia-Romagna region
Melodia del Vino - June 27 to July 7 - Various locations in Tuscany - Where Tuscan wines and classical music meet
Events in Tuscany - Site listing many events throughout Tuscany, and not only food and wine
Events in the Langhe area of Piedmont - Site from the Alba Tourist office listing many festivals, mostly wine & food, happening in the Langhe area of Piedmont
Join me on a Food & Wine Lover's Culinary Journey Through Puglia!
Book your trip by May 30, 2012 and receive a $200/per person discount