Recipe of the Month May: Saltimbocca Alla Sorrentina

Buon giorno! Sorrento is one of those towns that, once witnessed, becomes ingrained upon your psyche for ever more. My father, Attilio, spent the better part of his life whistling a song about this town to the point where we all wanted to reach for ear plugs. Did he not know another tune? Actually he did, but why resort to something inferior to whistling about paradise? He had it … Read More...

Blueberry Limoncello Crumble

  Buon giorno! Let me rock your sweet tooth a bit with this little gem: Blueberry Limoncello Crumble. The hot days of summer just aren’t memorable enough without the sweet explosion of a plump baked blueberry popping in your mouth. This dessert is special – not only because it is wonderfully delicious but also because the resulting little cups of goodness are so easy and quick … Read More...

Key Lime Gelato

Buon giorno! Welcome to Margaritaville! Errr – Linda’s Italian Table with a lime twist?? Whatever! It is the warm weather season, and I, for one, am ready for a chilly dessert. This KEY LIME GELATO (with or without Macadamia Nuts – up to you) is just pie in a bowl!! I suggest making extra because this stuff is gonna disappear fast! It is creamy and limey – made with Key Lime Juice … Read More...

Venetian Sole

Buon giorno! Usually you will find some lore or history with the regional signature dishes. There is almost always a “back story”. VENETIAN SOLE is no different. It is sometimes referred to as ‘'”marinated sole” because most of the old recipes call for marinating the fish after cooking for a couple days. Today’s recipe has most of the elements of the original – except that you will … Read More...

April:Creamed Spinach Italian Style

Buon giorno! Lately when I dine at a “fancy” steakhouse, the menu usually offers the obligatory Creamed Spinach as a traditional side to my choice of steak. This side dish is priced on the menu between $8-$12. depending… Wow – let’s hear it for Popeye’s favorite food! Who knew it would demand such a premium? I am about to save you a few bucks - you're welcome! In addition, many … Read More...

Strawberries and Ricotta

Buon giorno! Dessert is not a dirty word. You heard it here first. Dessert also does not have to be heavy or high in calories to fill that “sweet void” you feel after a meal. Finally, a good dessert does not have to be chocolate. An old Tuscan sweet – STRAWBERRIES AND RICOTTA is one dessert that does not take a back seat to any. It is light and satisfies your need for a that special … Read More...

Polenta With Gorgonzola

Buon giorno! Most Italians are familiar with the custom of eating polenta on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins, or for Carnevale. (Mardi Gras) However, the most well known preparation is with sauce and little meatballs or even Braciole. This is considered the Southern Italian method. Northern Italy is also known for their polenta, using more butter and cream than the … Read More...

February:Amatriciana Sauce

Buon giorno! Some of the most memorable Italian dishes are also the cherished standards of regional cooking. These are authentic representations of the very best the region offers and need no embellishment or gilding. One such signature dish from the region of Lazio (the region of Rome) is AMATRICIANA SAUCE  - a recipe named for the town of its origin, Amatrice. I prefer to call it … Read More...

Risotto with Greens

  Buon giorno! Although risotto is more frequently thought of as a Northern Italian dish, the other regions of Italy have their favorite preparations of this dish. RISOTTO WITH GREENS is one such traditional preparation from Tuscany. It may seem to be a healthier alternative, with the addition of greens, in particular swiss chard, but it is no less tasty. This is a hearty … Read More...

Soup with Cod and Swiss Chard

Sburrita Buon giorno! Today we travel to the island of Elba for a simple and healthy soup called SBURRITA or for our purposes -  SOUP WITH COD AND SWISS CHARD. This is a delicious and lighter soup which is traditionally made with salt cod and the lovely sweeter green, swiss chard. About Elba: Elba is an island located between the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas, which is actually … Read More...