Ferragosto

Crostini Neri & Panzanella

Making and eating holiday foods from around the world is like a magic carpet ride, transporting us across space and time. Ferragosto traces its roots back to 18 BC, when the Emperor Augustus-—in typically Roman fashion—consolidated Italy’s summertime harvest festivals under his own name as the “Feriae Augusti.” Today, the holiday honors both its ancient… Continue reading Crostini Neri & Panzanella

Gnoccata

Ricotta Gnocchi with Guanciale, Peas and Leeks

Many Italian towns celebrate a “Gnoccata,” which translates—delightfully—into “Dumpling Festival.” The Gnoccata of Liguria, a northwestern province of Italy famous for its picturesque coastline and the five coastal villages known as the Cinque Terre, falls on the second Sunday in August. Gnocchi, the festival’s namesake dumplings, come in many forms, including a pillowy potato variety… Continue reading Ricotta Gnocchi with Guanciale, Peas and Leeks

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Shrimp Marsala, Linguine with Clams, Calamari Stew and Mushroom Risotto with Scallops

Here’s a traditional holiday feast that one of us grew up with and the other desperately wishes she did. There’s always something magical about the number seven, and any reason to make an exorbitant number of courses appeals to us as well. And how irresistible is the image of oceanic abundance, with enough leeway to… Continue reading Shrimp Marsala, Linguine with Clams, Calamari Stew and Mushroom Risotto with Scallops