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Tales from Ponza – Part 2

While in Ponza, I was impressed of the quality of this island’s street food. Due to its proximity to Naples, Ponza is well known for its scrumptious pizza, the most ubiquitous staple of the Italian gastronomic culture. Yet pizza doesn’t taste the same throughout Italy, and the best locations for eating pizza are Rome and Naples, where locals brag rights to the best pizza in the country. Indeed, in Italy there are two different kinds of pizzas: the Roman and the Neapolitan, and you can read the differences of both pizzas in my post Pizza in Rome.

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Tales from Ponza – Part 1

Since I met my husband back in late 2004, he always wanted to take me to Ponza. He used to tell me that if I went to this island, I would not believe that such an amazing place was just 70 miles away from Rome. I always thought that in order to see beautiful Italian islands, I had to go all the way down to Amalfi Coast, Sardinia or Sicily.

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Beef tartare with arugula pesto

Last Wednesday we had guests for dinner. I wanted to cook a meat course that was fresh and perfect for these hot summer days.

I came up with the idea of making a beef tartare which was easy to prepare since it did not involve grilling or baking.

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Chicken Cornucopia Salad

I have been doing only salads lately. You name it, you got it. I want to share a recipe that includes chicken breasts. Ever heard of it?

Ever since I can remember, chicken salad is the most popular – and common –  type of salad there is. The reason why chicken salad is a favorite, is because chicken is the most versatile meat that is readily available to us today.

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Maltagliati with zucchini over tomato sauce

We all pour tomato sauce over pasta, don’t we? If you browse through the Internet, you’ll find a lot of recipes with tomato sauce over spaghetti, or fresh tomato and garlic sauce over angel hair pasta, or creamy tomato sauce over penne pasta. I wonder why tomato sauce is always on top and…not in the bottom?

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Ambrosia Summer Salad

In the last 3 – 4 days, it has been really hot in Rome. Temperatures went as high as 40 °C (104 °F) and I have been feeling suffocated and literally dehydrated. Not even water quenched my thirst and just the thought of eating anything that it’s not fruit or salad made me sick!

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Like Caponata for Chocolate

“Tita was the last link in a chain of cooks who had been passing culinary secrets from generation to generation since ancient times, and she was considered the finest exponent of the marvelous art of cooking”.

From the Novel Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

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Tales from Favignana, Sicily – Part 4 and last

Favignana is famous throughout Italy for its “tonnara”, an arab origin term, which means tuna fishing and processing. Every year during Springtime – between May and June – Favignana islanders engage in Red Tuna fishing. This event attracts a lot of domestic – as well as international tourism – to Favignana since fishing is conducted according to traditional old methods.

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Tales from Favignana, Sicily – Part 3

Before travelling to Favignana, most of our friends advised us to be careful about choosing where to eat in Favignana since we could easily bump into tourists traps. In fact, while walking down the streets, we noticed that there were quite a few touristic spots.

My husband, who is very picky about eating out, always does research by consulting Italian Restaurant Guides beforehand. He relies specially on Guida del Gambero Rosso , Osterie d’Italia di Slow Food , and Ristoranti d’Italia dell’Espresso.  To complete his homework, he further reads reviews on Tripadvisor.

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Tales from Favignana, Sicily – Part 2

Being a small island, Favignana is very easy to get around by scooter or bike. In fact, most people you come across in the island either are riding scooters or bikes. Another option is renting a boat, but we refrained from doing so because we were only staying for three days. Had we had a week in Favignana, we would have definitely rented a boat. The best way to discover Italian seacoast is by boat. Being able to take a bath while admiring the Mediterranean coast from the sea is an experience worthwhile trying.

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