eating artichokes in rome

Eating Artichokes in Rome

A Guide to Roman Artichokes

Anyone visiting Rome between Christmas and Easter would be a fool not to eat some local artichokes. Whether you opt for them fried, braised, tossed with pasta or raw in a salad, artichokes are one of the highlights of this period of the year and a sure sign that spring is on its way. 

saltimbocca alla romana recipe rome

Saltimbocca alla Romana Recipe

A Classic Roman Dish of Veal Escalopes with Prosciutto and Sage

Saltimbocca translates as ‘jump in the mouth’ because this dish is so delicious it seems to leap off the plate straight to your tastebuds! Tender slices of veal are topped with prosciutto and fresh sage before being coated in flour and pan-fried in butter with a little white wine to create a succulent sauce. This traditional Roman dish is fast to make and even quicker to devour!

the best italian pesto pasta recipe

How to Make Perfect Basil Pesto

Pasta with Pesto alla Genovese: the Recipe

Hailing from the town of Genoa in the northern region of Liguria, pesto has found its way across the world to secure its place as one of Italy’s best-loved sauces. The name ‘pesto’ derives from the Genoese word pestâ which means to crush or pound, referring to the preparation method of pounding fresh basil leaves along with pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, pecorino cheese, salt and extra virgin olive oil. This releases the fragrant flavors creating a versatile paste which can be served with pasta, spread on bruschetta or used as an accompaniment to meat and fish. 

Roman Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes: Recipe

Pomodori con il Riso – An Italian Summer Recipe

In the first of Local Aromas’ new Italian recipe series we introduce you to a classic Roman summer dish which is not commonly found on restaurant menus but is often prepared in the home for a fresh lunch or picnicPomodori con il Riso makes the most of Rome’s glut of tomatoes in the summer months, using them to hold a herby rice stuffing before being baked in the oven on a bed of potatoes to soak up the excess juices.

Lasagna christmas

Lasagne alla Bolognese: The Recipe

By Kate Zagorski

The perfect dish for a big family celebration: Lasagne alla Bolognese

Although there is no one fixed dish served for Christmas dinner in Italy, the general emphasis is on hearty, robust, decadent food. A traditional lasagna with its layers of rich ragù, creamy béchamel sauce and silky egg pasta ticks all the boxes and can be prepared in large quantities, making it the ideal dish for a big family celebration.  

Roman zucchini with blossom

How to Make Roman Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Traditional Roman recipe for mozzarella-stuffed fried zucchini blossoms

Zucchini blossoms are a gift of nature and Roman zucchini, the ones in the picture, are simply to die for. When they are in season during the summer, local markets overflow with these gorgeous, bright yellow flowers. Romans have a very special way of cooking them and we are sharing the recipe: Mozzarella-stuffed fried zucchini blossoms

Italian Christmas Eve Fritto Misto Recipe

How to Make Roman Deep-Fried Battered Vegetables

Despite there being no hard and fast rules about what to eat on Christmas day in Italy, the evening meal on the Vigilia (Christmas Eve) will generally follow the Catholic tradition of being meat-free, so fish and fresh seasonal produce take centre stage are common. In Rome, the big family dinner on the 24th will, more often that not, kick-off with this fritto misto: battered, deep-fried vegetables.

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Spaghetti alle Vongole Recipe

Spaghetti with Clams – A Delicious Italian Seafood Recipe

While the temperatures may be getting cooler and the days getting shorter, there is nothing better than a big bowl of spaghetti with clams to transport you back to the Italian summer. With the salty taste of the sea from the fresh clams, a spicy tingle of chilli, and an silky, garlicky white wine sauce just begging to be mopped up with bread, this classic seafood dish is a quick and easy way to bring the flavors of Italy’s seaside to your home.

recipesummer pasta with fresh herbs

Pasta with Fresh Herbs: Recipe

Pasta con Erbette Fresche – An Easy Italian Recipe for Summer

The Local Aromas Italian recipe series continues with this deliciously simple family recipe from our chef Angelo.

This quick, tasty, recipe is perfect for the hot temperatures of summer in Italy. It combines the wonderful fresh flavour of herbs, a background hint of garlic, the fruity tang of good olive oil and the savory hit of parmesan. Italian food is all about ‘less is more’ and this recipe uses just a few ingredients to allow the fresh flavors to truly shine. And the best thing is that, aside from boiling the pasta, there is no cooking required!


New Year Recipe: Tiramisù with Pandoro

Tiramisù: the best way to use up leftover Pandoro

The New Year doesn’t just bring new resolutions, it also brings leftovers from the Christmas feasting of the previous week. One thing that Italians are good at is re-utilising what they have, especially in the kitchen where some of the best recipes are created from excess food. One of the best ways to use up festive leftovers is with this recipe for tiramisù with pandoro. Pandoro or ‘golden bread’ are tall, star-shaped sponges and are usually served after Christmas meals, dusted with icing sugar as an alternative to the heavier, fruitier panettone.

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