Category Archives: Secondi (main course, usually meat based)

Frascati Mutton Stew – Spezzatino di Castrato e Piselli al Frascati DOCG

I bought some mutton at the Mercato Contadino of Ariccia some time ago on a Sunday morning.  The Azienda Agricola Fratelli Frasca farm is not far from Anzio and is called ‘Il Vecchio Ovile’, which translates as ‘The Old Sheep … Continue reading

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Making Porchetta for an Event in Boston at the Giardini di Sole Showroom

Just about this time last week, my friend and partner Libby and I were getting to grips with all the dishes we were preparing in her house to take to the showroom the next day. One of the dishes was … Continue reading

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Thoreau and a Chicken Cordon Bleu

“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.” I came across this … Continue reading

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The Chianina Shop at Lastra a Signa

Fellow food blogger, Stefan (Stefangourmet.wordpress.com), who lives in Holland, wrote the following comment à propos of my post on the Chianina steak: “The steak looks great! I did a post on Fiorentina in January, but couldn’t get any Chianina back … Continue reading

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La Fiorentina – Not Just Any Old Steak

As the late and much-mourned Kyle Phillips wrote: “Many in the English-speaking world would call this a Porterhouse and wonder what the fuss is about. And they’d be right in most cases; though Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Florentine-Style Steak, is featured … Continue reading

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Fishy Guests and Food-Laden Friends

I think we have all heard of the Spanish greeting “mi casa es su casa”.  In Arabic there is an exact same proverb which goes something like this: bye-tee bye-too-keh (my house is your house).  And in English we have … Continue reading

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Crazy Thrushes and Horsemeat from Zagorolo – I Tordi Matti

All right —  Hands up who hasn’t seen Mary Poppins as a child (whether you loved or hated it doeosn’t count)?  And don’t we all wish we could tidy up our rooms with a snap of the fingers? The initial … Continue reading

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