Category Archives: Places to eat

Polenta Wafers – Inspired by Salvatore Tassa and his “Colline Ciociare” Restaurant

And now … for something completely different! As the Monty Python used to say.  And by ‘different’, I mean something a trifle unnecessary but oh-so-delightful in the kitchen department. Goodness knows, anyone who has cause to read my blog on … Continue reading

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Montalbano Land and “Enzo a Mare”

During the Autumn of 2002, I signed up for a course of cooking classes that were held on a Tuesday evening and happened to coincide with the TV showing of the popular Inspector Montalbano series.  I took a look just … Continue reading

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Pasta alla Gricia

It’s lunch time and I decide to make pasta alla Gricia … just ‘because’. It is being unseasonably warm for this time of year but, even so, there is an inescapable feel of Autumn in the air, of days slowing … Continue reading

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New Testaccio Market in Rome

I finally went to visit the new Testaccio Market built near the former abattoir that is now home to other sections of the MACRO museum  and the Department of Architecture of Roma Tre University.  It opened last July and had … Continue reading

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Basilicata on my mind: Eating at Parco Verde (Grumento Nova)

I saw the film “Basilicata Coast to Coast” (see link to a youtube trailer at the end of this post)  when it came out a few years ago and was utterly charmed by its unlikely storyline and its picaresque characters. … Continue reading

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Trippa alla romana via a Chinese restaurant in London

Trippa is Italian for tripe.  Tripe was something I did not normally eat — in fact, it always used to surprise me the way friends or relatives got all excited at the prospect of eating tripe.  The very thought made … Continue reading

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