Vero Italiano: la salumeria

salumeria cured Italian meat

The third instalment in Mario Matassa’s new series uncovering the secrets of Italian food involves a trip to the deli counter to discover exactly why cured meats are so cherished by the Italian nation Photos by Mario Matassa Years back, driving through customs, it was common practice for Italian immigrants returning from their annual summer […]

Four ways to use Asparagus

It takes time and space to grow, and its season is short, yet there is nothing quite like the taste of fresh asparagus. Here are four ways the Italians use it to help herald the arrival of summer… 1. Toasted ciabatta with pea and asparagus purée Ciabatta con purè di piselli e asparagi Serves 2 […]

Parma Ham Review

It’s among the most prized of sliced, cured meats in the world. Parma ham is always a delight, but how do pre-sliced supermarket-packaged hams fare? Italia! investigates… Truth be told, if you want the very best Parma ham then you’re likely going to find it on the bone, sliced to order, at a local deli […]