Posts Tagged ‘italy’

Pasta For Good – Amatriciana TO

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Our hearts go out to the people of Italy after the devastating earthquake that hit in August. We are so pleased to see the outpouring of compassion and help from people all over the world and from restaurants and chefs right here in Toronto.

If you are wondering how you can help might we suggest you do a little pasta tour of the city?  Continue »

No Knead Ciabatta



I came across this recipe in a recent issue of Food and Wine. In an article by Ray Isle, in which he flies to Puglia, Italy to attend cooking school at iSensi, recently opened by the owners of the Cantele winery. We’ll get to the no knead part in a minute, but first lets talk about the wines of Puglia, Isle is a wine writer after all. Out of the top five Puglian wines that he recommends I could only find two listed with the LCBO, these include a 2012 Tormaresca Neprica ($14.95) and a 2012 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva ($14.95), both would go great with this amazing no knead ciabatta recipe. Continue »

3 Great Reasons To Throw A Pizza Party



The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens are in the NHL playoffs and the Toronto Blue Jays have just started the 2014 baseball season. If you are a sports fan you are feeling pretty good right now and those three things are reason enough to throw a pizza party. I’ve got just the cookbook to help you do just that. Pizza: Seasonal Recipes from Rome’s Legendary Pizzarium this cookbook is by the man Vogue magazine called “The Michelangelo of Dough”. Gabriele Bonci has been developing his signature style at his small pizzeria in Rome. He uses stone-milled farro flours and relies on the seasons to determine his unconventional topping combinations. He comes up with more than 1500 different topping combos each year! This guy knows his pizza and this book is going to show you how it’s done.  If you do not feel like making your own pizza then call your local pizza store and have a pizza delivery courier come to your house with some great pizza.  Continue »

Is Pasta Evil?

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I recently got an email from Barilla that included some summery pasta recipes created by their nutritionist Andrea Holwegner. I’ve been avoiding pasta lately and it seems like everyone I know is as well. I haven’t been avoiding it for any factual reasons though, just this sort of rumour cloud that if I eat a single noodle I’ll become obese. I decided to interview Holwegner and get some straight facts from a nutritionist about pasta. Admittedly, she’s in the employ of a pasta maker, but Barilla is the number one store bought pasta in Italy and pasta has been around for a long long time, so let’s give her a chance and see what she has to say. Continue »