Italian Passata Review

This simple ingredient has always been important for the Italian cook, so we embarked on a mission to discover the best Italian passata possible with these seven candidates. At the end of summer, when tomatoes are at their ripest and most tempting, growers all over Italy will be harvesting and cooking them into passata to […]

Salumi Review

If you would like to add authentic Italian cooking to your food repetoire then look no further than Salumi, where you can learn how best to dry cure your own meat… Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn, WW Norton, ?25 (hardback) From the authors of Charcuterie comes this […]

Special Places to Stay, Italy Review

Alastair Sawday’s handy little guide will help you find the best places to stay in Italy… Special Places to Stay: Italy Alastair Sawday Publishing, ?15.99 (paperback) Just as we would always prefer the recommendation of a close friend, so do we entrust the experts at Alastair Sawday to give us the best places to stay. […]

Margherita Pizza Review

If there’s one element of Italian cooking that Brits have really taken to their hearts, it’s pizza. We put seven shop-bought versions of the classic margherita pizza to the test. It was humble baker Raffaele Esposito, or rather Queen Margherita of Savoy, who gave this dish its distinctive name. On paying a visit to Naples […]