Italian cuisine

 
Banking on an Italian supply store
Banking on an Italian supply store
You enter through the kinds of doors one used to encounter at banks before the advent of the “secure” revolving door. You are sealed...
A little pasta sell-by date
A little pasta sell-by date
In the restaurant review that follows, I may be as cruel as Nero and as perverse as Elagabalus. The places you are about to read about have a huge...
Lessons in a fine Italian art
Lessons in a fine Italian art
I’ve been making my own tagliatelle, linguine, ravioli and lasagne since the 1990s when I brought back a crank-handle pasta machine from...
Italy minister's comments about food leaves chefs simmering
Italy minister's comments about food leaves chefs simmering
As a junior minister taking your first steps in politics, it is generally thought wise to steer away from touchy subjects. Especially when your...
Fired up for Italian fare
Fired up for Italian fare
Inside the fire station, which has been divided into offices, a long table in a foyer is loaded with Italian-themed food. The crowd washes round...
Confused but content
Confused but content
Italian food was the first regional cuisine to go truly global. Thanks to pizza and pasta, not to mention ice cream, the inventive Italian kitchen...
Tomatoes are the stars of the X-factor
Tomatoes are the stars of the X-factor
There are almost as many recipes for tomato sauce as there are cooks. Some call for a pinch of sugar, some do not. Depending on how the sauce is to...
Let us prey
Let us prey
When I still had a restaurant, my excellent chef for nearly a decade was Carol Nkobo. On her first night on the job, she had to cook for the food...
The feast that is Florence
The feast that is Florence
Some people think Italian food is healthy. Those people have obviously never eaten lard crostini. I am sorry to say that I became an expert on this...
The true gospel of word of mouth
The true gospel of word of mouth
I once saw a well-dressed man discreetly slip off his shoes under the table, almost as a child would do, while eating a large bowl of spaghetti...
Revamped loyalties
Revamped loyalties
It is exactly 50 years since Federico Fellini filmed La dolce vita (1959), his neo-realist tragicomedy about socialites, movie stars and...

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