Category Archives: Italy

Writing related to food and travel in Italy.

Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Recipe

Egg, cheese, pepper Spaghetti alla Carbonara by J.C. Reid Serves: 1 main portion (secondi), 2 smaller portions (primi) Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 15 min Ingredients 4 ounces dried spaghetti pasta Rustichella d’Abruzzo, Central Market 2 ounces guanciale, diced … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Ingredients Part 2

Fresh pasta In our last post, we considered two of the most important ingredients of pasta alla carbonara: the cheese and the cured meat. A third ingredient, pasta, is one of the world’s most prevalent foods. It’s readily available in … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Ingredients Part 1

Guanciale If there’s anything more controversial than the origins of the dish known as pasta alla carbonara, it’s the selection of ingredients that go into it. In the first part of this series, I talked about the history of carbonara … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: A Roman Puzzle

A Roman Puzzle A recipe is a funny thing. Often you’ll follow the instructions exactly and the dish still turns out poorly. It’s like something’s been left out, or gets lost in the translation, and you have to read between … Continue reading

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The Truth About Neapolitan-style Pizza

Pizza Margherita at Di Matteo in Naples, Italy My waiter, a young man in his twenties wearing a dirty apron that sheathed a prodigious belly usually seen on men some twenty years older, was the model of indifference. He spoke … Continue reading

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