Fried Mozzarella Toasts

Fried mozzarella sandwich

Mozzarella in carrozza Mozzarella in carrozza is a tasty treat born in Napoli, which has become particularly popular in Venice. Like an elevated version of the classic grilled cheese (or toastie, if you prefer), this sandwich features fresh mozzarella, and is fried in a delicious golden batter. For true Venetian style, add a slice of […]

Antipasto Chelsea Buns

Antipasto Chelsea Buns

A great savoury twist on the traditional Chelsea bun, filled with sun dried tomatoes, olives and parmesan. Perfect for a picnic. Antipasto Chelsea Buns by Dr Oetker   Preparation time: 20 minutes plus cooling        Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 250g (9oz) Self raising flour 2 sachets (10g/2tsp) Dr. Oetker Baking Powder 50g […]

How to turn a ruin into your dream Italian home

The thought of renovating a property can be daunting, Gary from D&G Design is on hand to put your minds at ease.  Ever dreamed of that rustic farmhouse surrounded by olive groves and orange trees? Or a medieval townhouse perched high in a mountain-top town that offers views of lush fields, rolling hills and the Adriatic Sea? […]

Basil Oil

Basil Oil

Make your own basil oil with this super easy recipe. Try it drizzled over your favourite pizza.  Basil Oil by Lakeland Ingredients: large bunch of basil leaves peeled clove of garlic salt & pepper extra-virgin olive oil Instructions Put the basil leaves and garlic into a food processor with a good pinch of salt and […]

Mozzarella Sticks with Tomato and Herb Dip

Mozzarella Sticks

These Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks with a Tomato & Herb Dip are the perfect side to your favourite Italian dish. Mozzarella Sticks by Dr.Oetker   Serves: 4     Preparation time: 15 mins       Cooking time: 5-10 mins   Ingredients: 400g /1lb Mozzarella cheese (or alternatively Fontina, Taleggio or Cheddar) 2 eggs – whisked 1 tsp smoked […]

Italy giving away 100 historic buildings for free

Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings in a bid to boost slow tourism. The kind of buildings up for grabs include castles, houses and towers. The idea is to tempt visitors away from crowded city centres and towards more rural and less popular areas. You won’t have to pay a penny for […]

Learning in style: Speaking Italian in Le Marche

Speaking Italian isn’t all about cramming verbs and vocabulary as Amanda Robinson discovers when she takes a language course with a difference in the heart of Le Marche. The fragrant aroma of our morning caffè rises up from the iron lattice table, strewn with notebooks and dictionaries as we wrestle with the basics of Italian. A […]

Brexit and Italy

As the United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union, Tom Alberto Bull asks how this has news been received by Italians and what it might mean for the future of Italy… Read in English… As the political turmoil in the UK unfolds in the aftermath of the EU referendum, it is easy to forget […]

Top 3 Ideas for Fast Food

This summer, step away from the burgers and kebabs… Fast food can be a good thing, when it’s Italian of course. Take a look at this tasty trio of quick fixes… Cut and Dried We’re great fans of dried spaghetti for a quick midweek supper, but if you’re cutting down on carbs, why not try Courgette Nests, for […]

Easy Italian Pesto Bread Recipe

Pretty to look at and delicious to eat, this fabulously easy no knead bread is perfect served warm as a dinner accompaniment. It tastes great served cold too, making it a fab way to jazz up those lunch boxes! Easy Italian Pesto Bread   Preparation time 10 mins plus rising – Baking time 20-25 mins – Makes […]