Latest Recipes

Sicilian Salad from Pantelleria – Insalata Pantesca

Sicilian Salad from Pantelleria – Insalata Pantesca

 

All Mediterranean flavors are packed in this Sicilian salad from Pantelleria, in Italian, insalata pantesca.  I find this a perfect treat on a super sunny and hot day like the one we are having today in Brussels – 30 degrees!! When I sit on the terrace and I close my eyes I can easily imagine myself on a Sicilian beach, sipping a cocktails, getting ready for partying…then yes, I open my eyes and reality kicks in, but food is always a nice way to prolong those feelings.

(more…)

Classic Italian Tiramisù – My mom’s recipe

Classic Italian Tiramisù – My mom’s recipe

I am not really sure this delicious dessert  needs an introduction…I might have never met anyone in my life that hasn’t tried it at least once. Well, this also needs a clarification. You might have tasted a Tiramisù, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it was an Italian one! In Belgium for example they change the base and they use the typical local biscuits, Speculoos, which can also be good in taste but it’s not what we usually call a Tiramisù!

(more…)

Cacio e pepe – Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper

Cacio e pepe – Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper

Cacio e pepe is a classic recipe from Lazio and is a very old and traditional one, you know, those kinds of recipes whose origin is lost in time. For sure we know that it’s a poor dish, but it is not difficult to imagine that considering that the ingredients that compose it are just three : spaghetti, cheese and black pepper.

(more…)

Aperol Spritz, the feel-good Italian aperitivo

Aperol Spritz, the feel-good Italian aperitivo

Aperol Spritz is the drink which most of all symbolizes one of the most classic Italian rituals: aperitivo!

Aperitivo is not just having a drink with some stuzzichini (appetizers), for us Italians is a way of living, a philosophy. Mainly people outside of Italy associate aperitivo to happy hour, but this is indeed  too reductive. Happy hour generally indicates a certain moment of the day during which drinks cost less than usual, and nothing more. Yes, sure, it is great to have discounts on drink, but this really doesn’t give a proper idea of a REAL aperitivo!

(more…)


You should try...

Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Don’t take this wrong, but for an Italian like me it’s really a pain to see how mistreated is the spaghetti Carbonara recipe all around the web.

I mean, spaghetti carbonara is a luscious, four ingredients recipe which is almost pornographic in its goodness.

 

Nevertheless, even some international superstar chefs everybody follows get it wrong! Yes, I know, I might be slightly melodramatic, but let me ask you a question. What if somebody took your grandma’s best recipe and started giving it all around, completely messed up, passing it off for her best recipe? I bet you won’t be happy. (more…)


Life is Tasty

Sicilian Salad from Pantelleria – Insalata Pantesca

Sicilian Salad from Pantelleria – Insalata Pantesca

  All Mediterranean flavors are packed in this Sicilian salad from Pantelleria, in Italian, insalata pantesca.  I find this a perfect treat on a super sunny and hot day like the one we are having today in Brussels – 30 degrees!! When I sit on […]

Classic Italian Tiramisù – My mom’s recipe

Classic Italian Tiramisù – My mom’s recipe

I am not really sure this delicious dessert  needs an introduction…I might have never met anyone in my life that hasn’t tried it at least once. Well, this also needs a clarification. You might have tasted a Tiramisù, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it […]

Cacio e pepe – Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper

Cacio e pepe – Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper

Cacio e pepe is a classic recipe from Lazio and is a very old and traditional one, you know, those kinds of recipes whose origin is lost in time. For sure we know that it’s a poor dish, but it is not difficult to imagine […]

Pasta alla Norma – Sicilian-style Eggplant and Tomato Pasta

Pasta alla Norma – Sicilian-style Eggplant and Tomato Pasta

Pasta alla Norma is one family favorite, both because we are all crazy for eggplants and because it fits this season so well. Yes, and of course Italians love pasta. A cliché maybe, but that’s so true! I mean, who doesn’t love pasta after all?

Panzanella – Tuscan-style tomato & bread salad

Panzanella – Tuscan-style tomato & bread salad

Panzanella is THE summer recipe. This Tuscan-style tomato bread salad is so simple and yet so delicious that it will certainly become of your favorites if you give it a chance. In a nutshell, panzanella is a poor dish, a leftovers recipe  whose origin is […]