Walking around the Upper Town of Bergamo

The most part of the Italians when they meet a Bergamasco (a person who lives in Bergamo) ask if he or she is from the upper or lower city. Yes, because this city is divided into two, a part of Bergamo is really crouched on the hills, at the foot of the Orobic Prealps, while… Continue Reading

Pasta Passatelli

Emilia Romagna is the cradle of good food and handmade preparations, such as fresh egg pasta. Today, however, I want you to tell you about another typical pasta of my region, a real specialty: passatelli in brodo (broth). In this case as well there are characteristic movements to obtain this particular pasta made with eggs,… Continue Reading

Tuscany-San Casciano dei Bagni

Italy, and Tuscany in particular, is peppered with natural hot springs rich in minerals that have been used by people since the ancient Romans for their health and beauty benefits. We decided to explore another side of the tuscan countryside and to go down to the border of Lazio and Umbria to  visit one of… Continue Reading

Traditional Christmas Menu of Bologna and Modena

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Italians love traditions, home cooking and local dishes! Each region of Italy has its own customs, in Emilia Romagna and especially in the area of Modena and Bologna there are some dishes that will hardly miss from the Holidays tables. The link with tradition is not only dictated by local customs and traditions, but also… Continue Reading

Welcome to my home for an Italian Autumn style lunch!

Welcome to my home for an Italian Autumn style lunch! When you cook for your family and relatives it’s not all about food, it’s about love and cooking becomes a pleasure for giving pleasure to them! In Italy we have an incredible variety of recipes, different for each season. Autumn is time for mushrooms, truffles,… Continue Reading

Amaltea cooking class : lesson five

Traditional Emilian homemade pasta! It’s time to make the pasta with eggs flour  and the rolling pin (it:mattarello), the specialty of my region. It’s amazing becoming aware of  how relaxing is  kneading flour and eggs, massaging the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic at the right point. Making the dough with the rolling pin… Continue Reading

Cesari Winery… a wonderful place and delicious wines!

I am always surprised by the strength, intelligence and creativity of artisans, farmers and entrepreneurs of  my region,  Emilia Romagna. Umberto Cesari, certainly, is one of these. The pleasant discovery was made a few days ago during a visit to the cellars and lands of the Umberto Cesari’s winery. From the highway, exit Castel San… Continue Reading

Amaltea Cooking school : lesson four

Four different types of Italian main dishes : Passatelli , Risotto, Potato Gnocchi and Spaghetti alla Carbonara. When you think to pasta you immediately think to Italy! Pasta is the main dish for Italians, especially for lunch. Italians don’t like to eat fast both for lunch or dinner  . We have many kind of pasta… Continue Reading

Early Spring in the Tuscan Emilian Apennines

When people think to Italian mountain they think to Dolomites … and they don’t know how many wonderful places are in the Apennines ! To me the mountains between Tuscany and Emilia are like home, I spent there  many seasons with my family and I can say that these are enchanting places. Last  Easter Monday… Continue Reading