Piattini’s new Fig Jam preserves the last memories of warm Boston

This fall, Piattini, located on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, is bringing a taste of seasonal Italy to its menu with its new fig jam. Served as an accompaniment to its popular cheese plate featuring rotating imported cheeses ($14.95), Piattini’s fig jam is a sweet treat meant to preserve and celebrate the final tastes […]

Spaghetti Bolognese

Since I am ethnically Chinese, a traditional dinner would be rice alongside some green vegetables, fish and a meat dish. It’s what my evening meal would look like everyday growing up and so naturally; I easily grew tired of Asian cuisine. In those instances, my mom would confide in the classic Italian dish, spaghetti Bolognese, […]

The Virtuous Wife’s Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Bread

This is the MOST POPULAR recipe tutorial on my blog! I actually learned it frm my Pampered Chef consultant, Reesa Boudreaux. Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Bread Ingredients 1 can of refrigerated Grands biscuits 1/2 stick of butter 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp Italian Seasoning (I omitted) Directions Preheat […]

Holiday Porchetta with Fennel Gratin

An Italian tradition, Porchetta makes an impressive and surprisingly easy centerpiece for your holiday meal when it comes to preparation. From using an entire pig, to roast loin, or if you choose to use pork belly; this savory dish varies from region to region in Italy. Below you’ll find my recipe using pork belly. Using […]

Cannellini al Fiasco

Cannellini al Fiasco literally translates from Italian to English as “cannellini in a flask.” This is a traditional, Tuscan form of cooking that mirrors the texture and flavors that a modern pressure cooker would. Originally a glass bottle would be filled with the ingredients, sealed with a cork stopper, and left to cook overnight on […]

Prezza’s crispy zucchini flowers

Zucchini flowers are a delicious and vibrant delicacy used in traditional Italian cooking. They are easily found at your local Farmer’s Market or specialty food stores. Purchase them the day you plan on preparing this dish, as they do not keep particularly well. If you have zucchini in your garden, make sure to pick only […]

Marc Orfaly’s Meatballs & Gravy

Here is a recipe from Marc Orfaly, esteemed chef and owner at Pigalle. Last night Marc taught this take on an Italian classic (for those of you that don’t know, gravy is the traditional, Italian term for red sauce) during a hands-on, casual class at the Boston Center for Adult Education. Other Boston-area chefs who […]

Zesty Caprese Salad

This spring, Executive Chef Peter Tartsinis of Blue on Highland gives this simple Italian dish a new twist with creamy, burrata cheese complimented by red pepper pesto, slices of warm, crispy eggplant, tomato coulis and a pinch of micro greens. Ingredients ½ ball burrata cheese (3oz) 1 1/2 tbsp. red pepper pesto 1 tbsp. micro […]

Paul Turano’s Asparagus Bruschetta

Ingredients 4 slices of country style sliced bread (2 inches thick) 1 bunch of asparagus, woody ends removed zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes 1/2 bunch flat parsley (roughly chopped) 1/2 ball burrata cheese (thinly sliced) Instructions Combine lemon zest, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, […]

Roasted Tomato & Polenta

Recently named one of the 50 best restaurants in the city by Boston Magazine, Prezza is located on Fleet St. in the North End. Polenta Ingredients 1 pt. milk 1 pt. water 4 tbsp. of butter 2 cups of cornmeal 3 oz. parmigiano cheese Polenta Instructions Bring the milk, water, and butter to a simmer. […]