Italian Cornetti

This Italian cousin of the French croissant is a little sweeter and has a slightly different texture. Cornetti can be made with butter or lard (yes lard!), but the combination of the two gives them…Continue Reading


The first time I ever tried these was at a hotel breakfast buffet in Naples, they were so delicious I ate three of them and only felt a little ashamed! These addicting little pastries are…Continue Reading

Ricotta Polpette “Meatless Meatballs”

Makes about 30 generous-sized meatballs. This recipe that originates in Calabria, Italy. The “meatballs” are made with ricotta cheese in place of meat and are part of the Italian “Cucina Povera” or poor kitchen…the food…Continue Reading

Roasted Asparagus Caprese

Full of the fresh flavors of spring, this dish is the perfect accompaniment to roasted meats, but makes a complete vegetarian meal as well. INGREDIENTS 1.5 pounds asparagus 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved 3 tablespoons Casina Rossa…Continue Reading

Seared Scallops with Romesco Sauce

Romesco Sauce pairs well with any kind of fish or shellfish, but it’s especially delicious with seared scallops. INGREDIENTS 1 cup Romesco Sauce 12 sea scallops, fresh or thawed 2 tablespoons Poggi Bonsi Extra Virgin…Continue Reading

Romesco Sauce

This savory sauce has its origins in the Catalan region of Spain, but ours is full of the flavors of Italy.

Sourdough Boule

Makes 1 large boule or two small ones INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoons dry yeast 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups warm water (115 degrees F.) 1 cup sourdough starter* 5 cups bread flour, plus more…Continue Reading

Aperol Olive Oil Pound Cake

Makes 1 loaf INGREDIENTS For the Cake: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon Sea Salt 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt 1 cup sugar 3 extra-large eggs 2 teaspoons grated lemon…Continue Reading

Strawberry Risotto

For all those skeptics out there who are a little fearful of this sweet-savory combination…it’s fresh and delicious! The use of the mint oil, fiori salt, and citrus balsamic brings the flavors of an Italian…Continue Reading