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


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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