Strozzapreti

In this instalment of our Make It Simple series, resident chef Mario Matassa shows us how to make an iconic Italian pasta. Strozzapreti… literally ‘priest stranglers’, is one of the most antique pastas, with origins most certainly in Italian cucina povera. There are several entertaining legends that explain the name. One has it that it derives More...

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By Italia Travel & Life On Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022
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Cantabrian Anchovy pasta with red pepper pesto

Recipe by Lello Palomba with recipe image taken by David Loftus. For more information visit here.  Cantabrian Anchovy pasta with red pepper pesto Anchovies pack a flavour punch in any dish and none more so than More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
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Struffoli

Join resident chef Mario Matassa as he shows us how to make perfect struffoli with step by step instructions! These little balls of sweet dough, golden fried and coated in honey, are one of the most characteristic More...

gnocchi recipe
By Italia Travel & Life On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
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Gnocchi

Join resident chef Mario Matassa as he shows us how to make perfect gnocchi with this step by step recipe! In the kitchen, nothing heralds the beginning of autumn for me like the first bowl of steaming gnocchi. More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, September 21st, 2021
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Tagliatelle

Join resident chef Mario Matassa as he shows us how to make perfect tagliatelle with step by step instructions! ©iStock-GettyImages When I first moved to Italy, many years ago now, I quickly realised that there More...

panna cotta
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, July 27th, 2021
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Panna Cotta

Join resident chef Mario Matassa as he shows us how to make perfect panna cotta with step by step instructions! In Italy, panna cotta, like tiramisù, zabaglione and budino, falls within that category of dessert More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
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Focaccia with cherry tomatoes and herbs

Join resident chef Mario Matassa as he shows us how to make perfect focaccia with step by step instructions!   To say that Italians take their focaccia very seriously would be a simple understatement. Once, More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
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Bruschetta with Tenderstem®, garlic mushrooms and feta

One of the ‘Tenderstem® in Ten’ recipes – ten recipes ready in less than ten minutes – this bruschetta would make a speedy and delicious lunch or supper snack. Image and recipe © Tenderstem® For more More...

Mushroom tart
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
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Cook Italia!: Mushroom tart recipe

Torta salata con funghi MAKES: One 24cm tart PREPARATION: 10 minutes COOKING: 1 hour Ingredients: • 300g chestnut or button mushrooms • 30g dried porcini mushrooms • a few tbsp of olive oil • knob of unsalted More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
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Pappardelle with duck ragù

Pappardelle con ragù di anatra. Discover this dish from Pappardelle, the classic fresh egg pasta of the region. This is often served with a rich, slow-cooked sauce – often made from wild duck, hare or boar, reflecting More...