Category Archives: Cookbook “A Queen In The Kitchen”

Chiacchiere (Carnival Fried Pastries)


“A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (Anything goes at Carnival time).

Carnevale (Italian Carnival or Mardi Gras) is celebrated 40 days before Easter and is the last chance to party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent. In Italy we celebrates Carnevale with masquerade balls, goliardic parties and parades showcasing gigantic floats. Children, dressed up in costumes, throw coriandoli (confetti) and stelle filanti (party streamers) at each other and blow party horns and blowouts. The traditional Carnival treats are chiacchiere (fried pastries) and tortelli (fritters). Chiacchiere are sweet crisp pastries, deep-fried, sprinkled with powdered sugar and are known by different names depending on the regions in which they are prepared :

Lombardy : chiacchiere

Bologna : sfrappole

Tuscany : cenci

Rome : frappe

Tentino Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia : crostoli 

Liguria & Piedmont : bugie

Sardinia : meraviglias

No matter how we call them, Chiacchiere are simply delicious.

Buon Carnevale!!!

…another recipe homemade, simple and delicious included in my cookbook “A Queen In the Kitchen“.


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Recipe & Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen IN The Kitchen

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 30 min. + 30 min. to rest

Cook Time : 2 min.



2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 pinch of salt

1 shot of Grappa

vegetable oil for frying

powdered sugar, to dust



In a large bowl place the flour, make a well then add sugar, butter, eggs, salt and Grappa.

Kneed by hand until the dough becomes soft and pliable. (You can also knead with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook).

Cover with plastic paper an allow to rest for 30 minutes in a cool place.

Divide the dough in 4 equal parts.

With a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick.

Cut the dough with a pastry wheel or serrated knife into rectangles 2×4 inch , make 1 or 2 incisions in the middle of each rectangle.

In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot then fry the chiacchiere in small batches until both sides are golden brown.

Drain with a slotted spoon and place the chiacchiere over a serving plate covered with paper towel.

Dust with abundant powdered sugar while warm.

Pasta Sauces Cooking Class

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Calling all the pasta lovers in LA!!!

Join me for a fun and delicious cooking class at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and learn how to prepare the best Italian pasta sauces with the finest ingredients (Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi, Pasta Zara) :





Saturday, JUNE 17, 2017
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
Space is limited! RSVP required
please call 310-824-7408 or email to to register 


Eat well, be happy!

#aqueeninthekitchen #pasta #losangeles #bertozziamerica

A Queen In The Kitchen Available On CreateSpace!

A Queen In the Kitchen is now available on CreateSpace!

Title: A Queen In The Kitchen

Authored by Ale Gambini

Photos by Maurizio OTTO De Togni



Primavera! Cooking Class at IIC Los Angeles

The Spring has sprung and that’s what happened during my cooking class PRIMAVERA! I prepared with my class a delicious menu inspired by the Spring seasonal produce and the excellent quality of authentic Italian products (Riso Acquerello and Di Stefano Cheese).

Thanks to Lingua Viva, Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Los Angeles, Riso Acquerello, Di Stefano Cheese, Bertozzi America for supporting #aqueeninthekitchen and the #authenticitalianfood.
IMG_2365.jpgAll photos courtesy of Maurizio “OttO” De Togni

And The Winner Is….

Congratulations to Frank Fariello, the lucky winner of a signed copy of my cookbook A Queen In The Kitchen.

Thank you all for entering the giveaway !!!



Worldwide Giveaway!

Calling all the Italian Food lovers around the globe!!!

A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition is finally live on Amazon.

Available on:


I’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy of my cookbook to one of the purchasers of A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition.


Fill the form below and let me know that you have just got your copy of A Queen In The Kitchen Kindle Edition.

End date: March 16th, 2017.

The winner will be selected randomly and notified via email.

You must be 21 years old to qualify for this prize.

The giveaway is open worldwide!!!

 Good luck!!!

#aqueeninthekitchen #kindle #cookbook

Primavera! Cooking Class

Let’s celebrate the Spring with my upcoming cooking class at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles .

Join me for a fun, healthy and delicious cooking class with organic Spring produce and the finest Italian products (Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi, Riso Acquerello, Di Stefano Cheese).

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
Space is limited! RSVP required
please call 310-824-7408 or email to to register 


Eat well, be happy!

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