Carnevale Menu, Dolci

Carnevale is one of the funniest times of the year in Italy! It’s not only a festival in Venice but all over Italy, where kids dress up as princesses, or super heroes, more or less a spring time version of Halloween.  And everyone goes crazy for the sweets prepared specifically for this time of year. …

Tiramisu 101

What isn’t to love about tiramisù?  Coffee, Cookies, Mascarpone and Sugar… che buono! It is without a doubt one of the top comfort foods from Italy and a dessert that is seen on menus and tables from the north to the south and everywhere in between.  This recipe is said to come from the regions…

Ricotta, Sage and Apple Mini Pies

Difficulty: Medium       Prep Time:   40 minutes        Cooking Time:   30 minutes Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs of red apples 200 grams of ricotta 200 grams of flour 120 grams of butter 1 large egg 60 grams of brown sugar granulates 8 bay leaves 1/2 cup of cognac or port wine Salt

Pan di Spagna alla Frutta di Bosco

Pan di Spagna or Sponge Cake is a staple pastry recipe in Italy.  That in every Italian household this dessert or dolce has been made for birthdays or special occasions. A simple recipe, but many times the simplest of recipes require a lot more attention! The trickiest part is keeping the cake light and fluffy…

Zuppa di Pancotto

Pancotto may look fancy but it’s anything but fancy.  This is the Italian mom’s secret recipe for using yesterday’s bread and being resourceful when there may be nothing left in the refrigerator.  Also, this is a true no brainer Italian recipe that can be whipped up in no time for any level of cooking. Difficulty:…

Gnocchi al Fondue

Recipe. Gnocchi. Gnocchi is a beloved pasta dish throughout Italy.  It is said to be the first traditional homemade pastas dating all the way back to the 17th century and is also referred to as the “la ricetta delle nonne”, because the Grandmother’s hold all the secrets to a truly delicious bowl of gnocchi.