Panzanella (Tuscan Bread Salad)

Panzanella, literally PAN: Bread and ZANELLA: Soup Bowl, is the name of the traditional Tuscan bread salad. The main ingredients of panzanella are stale Tuscan bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, basil, salt, pepper, vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I had the pleasure to teach how to make this dish during Culinary Tour Of Italy, […]

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Spinach and Ricotta Malfatti

The Italian word Malfatti literally means “badly shaped”, but despite their name Malfatti are delicious dumplings made with fresh ricotta cheese and spinach. This is a traditional Lombard first course but it can be found in other regions under different names. In the city of Florence they are called GNUDI (naked) and in Trentino Alto Adige […]

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Trattoria “Il Grappolo” (Santa Ynez, CA)

Since I moved to LA I’ve tried to find a simple, authentic italian restaurant as the real italian cuisine should be and after many attempts I’ve finally found what I was looking for….TRATTORIA IL GRAPPOLO =) This restaurant is a little gem nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley (California), only 4 miles away from the […]

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