Recipes

Spaghetti all’Assassina

Share on Tumblr SPAGHETTI ALL’ASSASSINA Spaghetti all’ assassina is the “Assassin’s Spaghetti” or what I like to call the “Killer Pasta.” Why? Because this pasta has killed the way we make traditional spaghetti. Spaghetti all’ assassina is cooked in a pan and not boiling water, giving it a beautifully burnt and crunchy texture – a …

Cheap VS Expensive Pasta

Share on Tumblr CHEAP VS EXPENSIVE PASTA: IS THERE A REAL DIFFERENCE? Walking down the grocery isle, if you’ve ever wondered if there is an actual difference between the cheap pasta priced around $1 VS the expensive brands that start at $5 and can go quite higher than that, you’re not alone. Is expensive pasta …

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Share on Tumblr How to Make Homemade Ricotta Cheese Homemade Ricotta – the recipe you have all been requesting! Freshly made soft, luscious ricotta to spread on fresh bread, mix with fruit or add to your next Italian dish. In this video, you will be introduced to an incredibly passionate Italian cheesemaker who will change …

Kale Pasta

Share on Tumblr How to Make Kale Pasta Kale pasta by Vincenzo’s Plate? Don’t worry, you’re in the right place! By combining juicy kale with tasty olives and a hint of chilli there is no regeretting adding this luscious green vegetable to your next pasta dish. With all the hype surrounding kale, I wanted to …

Saffron Risotto

Share on Tumblr SAFFRON RISOTTO Saffron Risotto (better known as Risotto Milanese) is a classic Italian dish born in Milano. The main ingredient is, you guessed it —precious saffron! This authentic Saffron Risotto incorporates all the ingredients that make this dish great: carnaroli rice, creamy butter, white wine, and of course, the star of the …

Bechamel Sauce Recipe

Share on Tumblr HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC BECHAMEL SAUCE Bechamel sauce originated in France, but is incredibly important in Italian cooking. We use this versatile sauce in a number of dishes, including lasagna, crepes, and traditional pasta. Although many people the world over use ricotta cheese for these recipes, it’s not as common throughout Italy. …

Potato Gnocchi Recipe

Share on Tumblr HOW TO MAKE POTATO GNOCCHI LIKE AN ITALIAN NONNA Potato gnocchi are a much loved pasta dish in my family, but no one makes them as good as my Nonna, the Gnocchi Queen! While pre-made gnocchi are easy to find at the supermarket, nothing comes close to my Nonna’s. They are the …

Struffoli

Share on Tumblr STRUFFOLI  Struffoli, also known as Honey Balls (and many other dialect names!) are the perfect sweet treat to serve at Christmas. This deep-fried, crunchy dessert originated in Southern Italy in regions like Campania, Calabria, and Puglia. The intriguing part about struffoli is that everyone has a unique recipe and often the secrets …

How to buy Panettone

Share on Tumblr HOW TO BUY PANETTONE LIKE AN ITALIAN! There is nothing more anticipated by Italians during the holiday season than panettone. This traditional Italian dessert offered throughout Italy and in Italian communities around the world is a tall, dome-shaped cake that has been leavened with yeast and enriched with delicious fruit. It has …

Nonna Fresh Egg Pasta

Share on Tumblr NONNA FRESH EGG PASTA  Store-bought pasta can never replicate the taste and smell of fresh homemade pasta. Pasta made fresh is something that every Italian Nonna takes great pride in, especially mine. Growing up, I would watch in awe as my Nonna would make fresh egg pasta from scratch. The process is …

Pasta e Fagioli

Share on Tumblr How to Make Pasta e Fagioli Nonna’s pasta e fagioli is an authentic, comforting, classic Italian dish – perfect for chilly winter evenings! Her recipe has simple ingredients cooked to perfection, with the beans & pasta perfectly soft and absorbing all the delightful flavors of the sauce. Pasta e Fagioli is a …

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Share on Tumblr Traditional Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce – Made by Nonna! Spaghetti with tomato sauce is one of the most soul-warming, traditional Italian dishes. It is beloved around the world for its warm, inviting flavors and aromas. But no matter how good you think your recipe is, I promise it’s no match for my …

Crema di Limoncello

Share on Tumblr Crema di Limoncello Limoncello di crema is a sweet version of the limoncello digestive prepared with milk! If you adore lemon desserts this one is for you. Best kept in the freezer it is easy to prepare and refreshing to drink either after your meal or to accompany dessert. My Nonna’s Limoncello …

Arrosticini from Abruzzo

Share on Tumblr HOW TO MAKE ARROSTICINI LIKE A BUTCHER Arrosticini are a traditional skewer in the Southeastern Italian region of Abruzzo – and can be likened to a religion for those of us from there! Prepared from sheep, these spectacular skewers stand on their own without any extra spices or seasonings – especially when …

Strawberry Crumble Cake

Share on Tumblr How to Make Strawberry Crumble Cake A crumble with a difference. This is a rich, flavoursome dessert for lovers of strawberry jam and crunchy pastry! Watch video recipe: https://youtu.be/VRREYLtIXYY Strawberry Crumble Cake | Strawberry Jam Sbriciolata   Vincenzo’s Top Tip To Make Strawberry Crumble Cake BEST to add with This can be …

Risotto Carbonara

Share on Tumblr Risotto Carbonara Risotto Carbonara is the marriage of two classic Italian dishes. When you think about the ingredients for a traditional carbonara there is no question about whether they pair well with rice and the result is even creamier than the original. If you’re looking for a twist on the classic carbonara …

Carbonara Pizza

Share on Tumblr How to Make Carbonara Pizza Carbonara Pizza takes two of my all-time favourite dishes and combines them into one. There is absolutely nothing better than a perfectly cooked pizza dough topped with creamy carbonara sauce, rich guanciale and cheese – lots of cheese! This recipe is a little different to what I …

Arancini Carbonara

Share on Tumblr How to Make Arancini Carbonara As part of my series, where I make carbonara in many different styles and forms, I bring you: Arancini Carbonara. This delicious, golden crispy fried ball of goodness is delicately paired with all the best parts of a carbonara. With classic ingredients such as soft guanciale, creamy …

Vegetarian Carbonara

Share on Tumblr How to Make Vegetarian Carbonara Vegetarian Carbonara is the pasta dish I didn’t know I was missing. After an unprecedented number of requests, I have created the most delightful, creamy vegetarian carbonara dish and must admit, it’s sensational. With fried zucchini, pepper, and carbonara the flavor comes together beautifully. With a touch …

Best Italian Street Food Festival

Share on Tumblr The Best Italian Street Festival in Italy Situated on top of a beautiful, rolling hill where the gleaming Fino and Piomba rivers join their courses, is Elice – a town that is about to take you back in time. Elice is a small medieval village situated in the province of Pescara, part …

Porchetta Recipe

Share on Tumblr How to make Porchetta like a World Champion You’ll have to hear the irresistible crunch to believe it. I paid a visit to award-winning king of Porchetta, Raffaele Venditti of Venditti Food, to reveal the best Porchetta recipe and share just how they do in Italy. In this video, Raffaele breaks down …

The Birthplace of Pizza Margherita in Naples

Share on Tumblr Where Does Pizza Margherita Come From? If you’re looking for a piece of history to go with your Pizza Margherita, we’re about to serve. Join us! It’s me (Vincenzo’s Plate) joined by Gigio Attanasio, Vincenzo Viscusi, Antonio Pascarella and Malati Di Pizza as we take a trip to Via Chiaia, one of …

No Knead Neapolitan Pizza

Share on Tumblr How to Make Easy No Knead Neapolitan Pizza Dough with Dry Yeast This no-knead Neapolitan Pizza dough recipe will literally change your life. The recipe is made with dry yeast at home in any sort of oven and we think it might be even better than what the professionals make in Naples. …

The best street food in Naples

Share on Tumblr Where to Find the Best Street Food in Naples: Our 2022 Tour When I think street food, it’s definitely with complete excitement and happiness. When I think street food in Naples, Italy, I can hardly contain myself! Naples is known for mouthwatering flavors that bring thousands upon thousands of savory and sweet …

The Best Pizza in The World

Share on Tumblr We Found the Best Pizza in the World in Italy Just 1 hour outside of Naples you will find the best pizza in the entire world. Finally, I got the chance to visit and I’m excited to share my experience with you. Franco Pepe – king of all pizza chefs invited and …

The best Fried Pizza in Naples

Share on Tumblr Finding the Best Fried Pizza in Naples If you’ve been following for a while, it’s pretty likely you love Italian culture (and pizza). Not only that, you would also be familiar with the fact that cooking and all things related to the kitchen is the glue of the family and the heart …

The Best Pizza in Naples

Share on Tumblr Where to Find the BEST PIZZA in Naples – A Full Review If we could summarize eating pizza in Naples, we’d call it happiness. After all, with their fresh dough, variety of crisp toppings, and authentic cheeses, it is the so-called “pizza capital of the world”. Foodies, especially pizza foodies, crave the …

Best Lasagna in Bologna, Italy

Share on Tumblr Ultimate Guide on Where to Find the Top 3 Best Lasagna in Bologna, Italy Lasagna. You’ve heard it before. It is one of the most iconic Italian dishes and famed worldwide. To this day it is nothing less than an Italian superstar of a dish. Lasagna can be likened to a baked …

Eating Street food in Bologna

Share on Tumblr Eating Street Food in Bologna, Italy for 12 Hours Straight The street food in Bologna is anything but what you would expect. Fried tortellini are on the menu – need we say more? I joined Bolognese local Tina Prestia from Tina’s Table to tour the exceedingly flavorful streets of Bologna for a …

Searching For the Best Bolognese Sauce in Bologna

Share on Tumblr Searching For the Best Bolognese Sauce in Bologna, Italy If we could describe the best Bolognese, it’d start with garden grown carrots, celery and onion bursting with flavor, carefully selected fresh mince, and the finest juiciest wine combined with a few other staple ingredients. Then it’s slow cooked for 4-5 hours till …

Cheese Wheel Risotto Alfredo

Share on Tumblr Cheese Wheel Risotto Alfredo Cheese wheel risotto Alfredo, made simply with rice and Grana Padano cheese will chance the way you feel about making risotto. This easy to make recipe is a classic and follows my number one rule: NO CREAM, yet boasts a texture that might make you think otherwise, and …

Caprese Salad

how to make CAPRESE SALAD
Caprese salad, the Italian flag on a plate and one of the top 10 Italian dishes globally – I’m not arguing with that! A caprese salad is made up of the freshest, sweetest tomatoes you can find, aromatic basil and of course, luscious slices of mozzarella cheese all drizzled with the finest extra virgin olive oil. It is sooo simple but there are a few important steps to follow which make ALL the difference when combining these three key ingredients.

Rolled Eggplant Involtini Pasta

Share on Tumblr Rolled Eggplant Involtini Pasta Rolled eggplant involtini pasta is a classic Sicilian dish. Delicate eggplant slices are filled with spaghetti and tomato sauce and topped with melted cheese. The exposed spaghetti gets crispy in the oven while the inside stays moist with melted cheese. This recipe is tasty, vegetarian and also fun …

How Dry Pasta is Made in an Italian Pasta Factory

Share on Tumblr How Dry Pasta is Made in an Italian Pasta Factory Everybody loves pasta, but not all brands of pasta that you find in the store are created equal. There are very few people who actually know why some artisinal pasta brands are more expensive than others. So what is really inside Artisan …

Lemon Cake

Share on Tumblr Lemon Cake This lemon cake recipe results in a moist, delicious, and delightful treat that will bring joy to your belly and your guests too. The delicate citrus flavour runs throughout this moist cake, and the best part is you can enjoy it for breakfast, afternoon tea or even as a dessert. …

Egg Yolk Ravioli

Share on Tumblr Egg Yolk Ravioli This delicious egg yolk ravioli recipe was created in Emilia Romagna in the 1970s by Michelin-starred Chefs. The runny egg yolk magically sits in the center of each single raviolo, surrounded by a delicate spinach and ricotta filling. Not an easy one to make, but delicious to eat – …

Spaghetti al Limone

Share on Tumblr How to Make Spaghetti al Limone Take a trip to Sicily or the Amalfi Coast with my Spaghetti al Limone recipe. Bursting with fresh lemon flavor, this simple and beautiful Mediterranean dish is light yet creamy. As usual it’s ALL in the ingredients – source beautiful lemons, it will make a world …

Frittata

Share on Tumblr How to make Frittata like an Italian This Italian frittata is exactly the way I like to make it. Using fresh, creamy, fluffy eggs which pair well with savoury asparagus, parsley and of course, Pecorino Romano cheese. Watch the Frittata video recipe How To Make FRITTATA Like an Italian The best part …

Risotto with Radicchio

RADICCHIO & GORGONZOLA RISOTTO RECIPE:
Radicchio risotto is an absolute explosion of creaminess thanks to the combination of butter, gorgonzola and pecorino cheese, not to mention the magic of starch! Try this unique dish with an ingredient which will definitely surprise you.

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Take a trip to Tuscany with this authentic chicken cacciatore recipe. This classic Tuscan dish is cooked nice and slow, so you’ll have moist chicken at the end that will practically fall off the bone.
It’s covered in a simple yet wholesome tomato sauce made from passata, red wine, vegetables, and fresh herbs. The sauce is so good; you’ll be scooping up any extra with fresh crusty bread and definitely going back for seconds.

Sea and Mountains Pasta

Pasta mare e monti, or sea and mountains pasta, brings together the best of two worlds together in one delicious dish. The mushrooms from the mountains pair perfectly with vongole (clams) and king prawns from the ocean. This dish is truly an Italian delight with a delicate white wine sauce and calamarata pasta that fortifies the dish with extra volume!

Pappa al Pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro is a deliciously thick and hearty bread and tomato soup that will simply warm your soul. The classic dish from Tuscany has soft and flavorful tomato-soaked bread with the delightful fresh taste of basil. Pappa al pomodoro is the ultimate comfort food.

Tomato Ricotta Pasta

Tomato Ricotta Pasta uses passata, basil, and fresh ricotta to create a creamy sauce with a flavour that is surprisingly addictive! If you have some ricotta in the fridge, cook this up instead of a plan tomato sauce. The taste of this dish takes me back to my teenage years and it’s so quick and simple, you can make it up at any time of the day – for one or many!

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers are undoubtedly one of the most popular antipasto dishes requested at Italian restaurants, but it might surprise you that they’re not actually hard to make – when they’re in season!
Crispy on the outside, these beautiful morsels are stuffed with a creamy ricotta and lemon filling that will melt in your mouth and make your tastebuds sing for joy!

Italian Tiramisu

Italian tiramisu is without a doubt one of the most enjoyed Italian desserts across the globe and also happens to be my favourite, I’ve worked hard to perfect the recipe and after many requests, this version is made with pasturised eggs to avoid using them raw. This melt-in-your-mouth, authentic dessert is layered with rich mascarpone cream filling in between two layers of delicate sponge cake-like biscuits coated in Italian coffee…with some added cocoa and your favorite chocolate grated throughout.

Pasta & Peas

Pasta & peas, or pasta e piselli, is a traditional Italian dish passed down from Nonna’s (Grandmothers) all over the world. I have taken this authentic dish and made it slightly more Mediterranean with a small twist. Fresh basil has been replaced with mint for a unique flavor – did I defy tradition or improve a classic? You be the judge!.

Pasta alla Norcina

Pasta alla Norcina is the finest combination of quality ingredients that come together to dance on your plate in a recipe that hails from the Umbrian town of Norcia. A place known for its pork products, the hero of this dish can be no other than the sausage cooked in a cream-based sauce created using ricotta and given an extra kick with white wine and truffle. Did I mention the Parmigiano Reggiano? Add as much as you like and make sure the pasta is al dente.

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in carrozza is a Southern Italian version (and yes probably the original), born in Naples. It is crispy on the outside with a delicious, melty, stringy mozzarella inside. Irresistible is an absolute understatement for the cheesiest, savoury treat you can imagine. Plus it can be made in no time and with just a few key ingredients. Artisan bread, an egg/flour coating, and high-quality mozzarella cheese are the secret to making this Neapolitan street food that will satisfy all of your senses. Hungry yet?

Sicilian Arancini

Sicilian Arancini Recipe
This Sicilian Arancini recipe is traditional, authentic and gooey-licious! These crispy, golden balls are filled with al dente rice, tender ground beef, fresh basil and the most aromatic flavours..not to mention divine, melted cheese! They are then coated in fresh breadcrumbs, deep fried and MUST BE EATEN HOT.
Arancini are arguably one of the most famous Italian savoury delights that exist, and I cannot get enough. In Sicily the fillings will amaze you – do you have a favourite?

Veal Saltimbocca

Bring Rome into your kitchen by recreating my Veal Saltimbocca. It is a classic Roman dish of thinly
sliced veal, salty prosciutto, smothered by a creamy sage and wine sauce that will make your mouth
water!
Did I Veal Satimbocca is ready in less than 10 minutes?! Quality ingredients, my simple method and a
few toothpicks and you’ll be transported to Rome as soon as you take the first bite!

Potato Croquettes

Potato croquettes take me back to my childhood, and they are one of my wife’s favourite antipasti, so I’ve been on a mission for a while to perfect this recipe! When I got it right (thanks to my Mums help!), every bite of these pillowy morsels took me right back to being a child in Italy again!
These deep-fried mashed potato croquettes are filled with ham and mozzarella, a combination that will make your belly very happy. Make extra, these are hard to share!

Seafood Pasta Marinara

Share on Tumblr How to Make  Seafood Pasta Marinara Seafood pasta marinara is all about the freshest combination of your favourite seafood with sweet tomato sugo. Mine has calamari rings, prawns, mussels, and vongole all cooked to perfection. This seafood dish is paired with steaming hot fettuccine which soaks up all the juices and flavours …

Seafood Pasta Marinara

Seafood pasta marinara is all about the freshest combination of your favourite seafood with sweet tomato sugo. Mine has calamari rings, prawns, mussels, and vongole all cooked to perfection. This seafood dish is paired with steaming hot fettuccine which soaks up all the juices and flavours in every single strand..meaning you get an burst of the Mediterranean with every single twirl of pasta!

Fettuccine Boscaiola

Fettuccine Boscaiola (my way) uses two types of cheese: mascarpone, and pecorino to create the most decadent cream!

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentil soup is bold, hearty and bursting with flavour. In Italy, it is a New Years’ tradition to eat this soup at the stroke of midnight. My lentil soup recipe has an aromatic twist – fresh rosemary and oregano which I’m convinced Nonna would approve of, just the smell in your kitchen is enough to tempt tastebuds! Each bowl is filled with soft lentils drowning in a delicious herby tomato broth then topped with crispy bread bites and a fresh parsley garnish.

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks
Slow-cooked lamb shanks are succulent, flavorsome and literally fall-off the bone. Smothered in tomato sauce which simmers away for hours, this recipe uses fragrant herbs which infuse the shanks and when cooked with time they become so moist and tender the whole family will devour them.
Don’t be overwhelmed by how long they take to cook as there is very little work to do – you just need quality ingredients and patience! Recreate these heavenly slow cooked lamb shanks at home and understand with every single bite why this is my 1 year old son Sebastian’s absolute favourite dish!

Gnocchi Cacio e Pepe

Gnocchi Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e pepe means cheese and pepper, and most of you already know that’s all it takes to make the creamiest sauce you’ve ever tasted. But here, I’ve defied tradition a by mixing this decadent cream with… gnocchi! This dish is inspired by Sam the Cooking Guy’s video – I watched it and couldn’t resist. In my version, we’ll be making everything from scratch to keep Nonna happy.

Italian Christmas Dinner Menu

Share on Tumblr Italian Christmas Dinner Menu Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year to share delicious food in the company of loved ones and there are often lots of opportunities for catch ups with friends and also to enjoy some time at home. My wife and I really love entertaining, and when …

Pastiera Napoletana

Pastiera Napoletana is a festive cake traditionally made at Easter time, but it can really be enjoyed all year around!

Strawberry Tiramisu

Strawberry Tiramisu
Traditional tiramisu is the most beloved desserts worldwide (it’s a fact!). In Italy, many variations have been created to ensure it can be enjoyed even more often based around seasonality. This version is a delicious strawberry tiramisu which brings a light, fruity flavor to this popular Italian sweet. Think layers of Savoiardi biscuits dipped in homemade strawberry cream and covered in decadent lashings of mascarpone, sweet but light strawberry coulis, and white chocolate curls. Sound irresistible?
The result is a cake that is so moist and creamy; it dissolves in your mouth. You don’t even have to wait for a special occasion for this delicious treat but if you’re feeling festive, make it the centerpiece of your celebration!

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla carbonara is a traditional Italian recipe and every time you make this dish, it gets better and better. Crispy, tender in the middle, guanciale is mixed with spaghetti and a homemade peppery, pecorino-filled carbonara sauce. My original recipe has become very popular across the globe as we try to set the record straight: NO CREAM! This spaghetti alla carbonara is my 2021 version.
Try my version of this authentic Roman dish; I’m already hungry just thinking about it!

Spaghetti al Pomodoro

Spaghetti al Pomodoro translates to spaghetti with tomato sauce. It’s a classic Italian dish that I love creating when I’m short on time but I still want to be transported to Nonna’s house. This 15-minute recipe produces the most flavor-rich sauce and the key is using fresh, ripe tomatoes and aromatic basil.
If you can believe it, tomatoes weren’t mixed into pasta until the 1800s! Before that, pasta was eaten plain or only with cheese. I love eating it both ways but once you try this dish you might even prefer it over slow cooked sauce. Let me know what your favourite 15-minute pasta recipe\ is.

Mushroom Alfredo Pasta

Mushroom Alfredo pasta? You will not go back to the classic Alfredo recipe after trying this re-imagined version which combines hearty porcini mushrooms with freshly grated truffle. Is your mouth watering yet? Once you mix through salty parmigiano cheese, this dish will hit new heights and you’ll be transported directly to Italy.

Braised Beef

Italian braised beef is a classic dish that simply melts in your mouth. Unfortunately, it’s not as popular as it once was, but it certainly deserves a comeback as it’s DELICIOUS! Make this surprisingly creamy and flavorful braised beef on a Sunday for a traditional Italian meal. This hearty main meal is tasty, flavorful, and the beef is so tender, it will fall apart at the slightest touch of a fork. This recipe may take a few hours to cook, but it is definitely ALWAYS worth the wait!

Pumpkin Gnocchi 

Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe:
Gnocchi are a staple in Italian kitchens but while potato gnocchi are the most well-known, they’re not the only ingredient you can use to make gnocchi! This seasonal gnocchi recipe uses roasted pumpkin to create gnocchi infused with Pecorino Romano cheese that are smothered in a creamy burnt butter and sage sauce.
Before everyone tells me this isn’t traditional, hear this: before potatoes became popular in Italian cuisine and pasta in the 1600s, pumpkins were often used to create gnocchi topped with breadcrumbs and covered with grated fontina cheese…UMMM, YUM! Enjoy my version, I know Ill be making pumpkin gnocchi next time I see Nonna.

Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla vodka recipe was a very popular dish in the 80’s and 90’s and while it’s a little hard to track the true origin, one thing is for sure, it has been completely transformed outside of Italy so my aim is to bring it back to its roots! This creamy pasta dish is my Mums recipe with a small tweak from me – do you think this dish deserves a comeback on Italian menus? Try my authentic version for the OG and let me know what you think – and yes, for once I use CREAM! Ever noticed how many more ingredients are often in a fake recipe? This dish is a reminder of how very unnecessary they are!!

Garlic Bread

GARLIC BREAD RECIPE:
The origins of garlic bread aren’t very well-known, but what I do know is the popularity of this dish is remarkable across the world! When you look at the basics, it’s similar to a bruschetta so I invite you to try my authentic Italian variation of garlic bread which is all about a delicious creamy paste, smothered on crispy golden ciabatta bread. What would I call it? Bruschetta aglio e oilio and it is absolutely, positively DIVINE!

Pineapple Pizza

Pineapple PIZZA? NOOO! What is happening to me? No, I haven’t been brainwashed (or kidnapped) BUT I have been challenged by SO many of you!

Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken parmigiana can be likened to Italian crumbed chicken with toppings, typically including cheese and tomato sauce, but is it Italian? NO! This is a dish which has become famous the world over and many mistaken it for being authentic but most variations are pretty un-Italian! Except, maybe, my one. As an Italian I have recreated this pub-classic with delicious authentic ingredients and believe me there is no going past this recipe for a cheesy chicken stack that is smothered in rich tomato and basil sauce. I even have two options for cheese on top, would you prefer buffalo mozzarella or burrata? Either way you will never order this out again. It might not be authentic, but I’ve created a Chicken Parmigiana that even my family would enjoy.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a dish traditionally made up of just a few ingredients and can be likened to many simple Italian recipes.

Spaghetti Meatballs

Spaghetti meatballs is a much-loved dish all over the world but too often I see giant meatballs topped on plates of spaghetti and this is not the way it was meant to be enjoyed!
This Italian dish can be done in an authentic way and my Nonna makes it best! So tune in to this recipe to recreate the most delicious spaghetti and (mini) meatballs and be transported to Nonna’s house with every, single, bite.
DISCLAIMER: My meatballs may look tiny but you’ll soon realise they are mighty – especially when enjoyed in the same mouthful as your spaghetti!

Alfredo Pasta

Alfredo Pasta is a recipe that invites a lot of discussion –in simple terms, it’s a silky egg pasta smothered with melted butter and parmigiano cheese but today, the authentic recipe has gotten a little lost. This is another episode in my series where I make my version of fake Italian food and even though this originated in Rome in the1890’s the Alfredo Pasta recipe dish is constantly recreated incorrectly outside of Italy – possibly even more than Carbonara!
Maybe one of the simplest dishes to recreate, its main attraction (when it was first invented) was actually the theatrical way it was served right at the table.
Join me to see how one of the most-watched Alfredo Pasta recipes on YouTube completely destroys the original and keep watching to see how the REAL DEAL is made (by me)! The trick? Pasta water and quality ingredients – so don’t change a thing.

Meat Lovers Pizza

Meat Lovers pizza is a staple on take-away pizza restaurants the world over, but why do they use such weird ingredients? What even is Pepperoni? My Meat Lovers pizza is made with a Neapolitan pizza base and uses delicious Italian meat-based toppings including salami, fennel sausage, capocollo and pancetta. THIS is a meatlovers pizza, done RIGHT. Can’t find all of the same ingredients as mine? Go to your local Italian delicatessen and choose authentic Italian cold meats to create your own version, I guarantee your tastebuds will thank you – and so will REAL pizza chefs the world over.

Chicken Pasta

Chicken pasta, an unlikely combination for me (and very un-Italian!) but let me tell you, it left me wanting more. My version of chicken with pasta is hearty yet delicate and with an authentic Italian tomato passata, it is my way of making this dish the way an Italian would. Let me know if it passes the test – have I gone too far? Or would my Nonna be impressed? Either way this dish is not a classic but I have to admit, it’s scrumptious. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Potato Pasta

Potato pasta is a super creamy dish that might just change your life! To master this Neapolitan pasta recipe, add a few ingredients to a pot (including your pasta!) and add fresh mozzarella – can it get any better? The fresh aroma of rosemary combined with salty pecorino cheese creates the most intense flavour – even more than I could have imagined. Do not go past this recipe. Make it and you will be scooping up every last bite! (WARNING: You will be SHOCKED how I cook this pasta – but it’s actually traditional!)

Salmon Pasta

Salmon pasta is my version of a simple pasta dish where one ingredient is the hero and everything else compliments the flavour exquisitely! A mix of lemon juice, capers, chilli, mascarpone and lemon zest combine to create a little taste of summer, on your plate. DISCLAIMER: Can be enjoyed all year ‘round even when you’re just pretending it’s Summer!

Tomato Passata at Home

Passata made with fresh tomatoes is best defined as the essential Italian ingredient for endless dishes and making it is such an important ritual. For many families the tradition is carried out in the home of Grandparents or the eldest sibling and the end result is a large number of bottles filled with this liquid gold for the whole family to enjoy!

Neapolitan Pizza Dough for Beginners

Neapolitan Pizza Dough is so light and delicious and when made perfectly it has beautiful golden specs around the edges and just the right amount of crispness! Try this easy recipe at home and create an incredible homemade product that will be so addictive, you’ll never want to go out for pizza again! Impress your loved ones with this easy Neapolitan pizza dough and invest in a small pizza oven to make ALL the difference. Pizza every night anyone? YES PLEASE!

Italian Sausage and Potatoes

Italian sausage and potatoes – a dish I grew up enjoying with my family which uses just 2 simple ingredients! This puts all the emphasis on enhancing their flavours with delicate seasoning and cooking them just right.

Fried Zucchini Pasta

Fried Zucchini pasta known as “Spaghetti alla Nerano” is a classic example of a local dish. It was born in the small fishing village of Nerano back in 1952 thanks to Maria Grazia and became famous because it was served in her family restaurant (and it still is)! The complete recipe has never been revealed, but this is an authentic local take and sure tastes like a plate of Italy to me combining fresh zucchini and basil along with delicious cheese. The creamy sauce and aroma of basil work so well together and infuse the zucchini with the most delectable flavour…now all we need is a beautiful sea view..!

Egg Fried Rice

Egg fried rice is a traditional Chinese dish that can be served as a main or side but either way, it’s likely a staple when you order local Chinese take-away.

Four Cheese Pasta

Four cheese pasta is even creamier than carbonara and cacio e pepe! (Who thought that could be possible?!) So if you’re a fan of those dishes then this is a MUST-HAVE! Combining four different cheeses with Gorgonzola as the hero, the only thing you really need to prep is a handful of walnuts – and that’s to garnish at the end! This could be my new favourite pasta – and it couldn’t be easier to make! What cheese are you going to use?

Italian Grilled Eggplant

Italian grilled eggplants are rich and fragrant thanks to the authentic balsamic vinegar in the dressing along with just the right amount of garlic char from the grill. This dish is an absolute crowd-pleaser and can be served as an antipasto, alongside a main or even inside your next panino…mmmm are you drooling yet?

Scallop Pasta

Scallop Pasta has just a few ingredients but once mixed together they are simply the perfect pairing – imagine it: cherry tomatoes, parsley, lemon zest, garlic and chilli, then add the hero of the dish, fresh scallops, lightly seared and bursting with flavour. If you’re unsure where to start with cooking seafood, this is the ideal dish – super easy but exploding with aromas of the mediterranean. Y-U-M.

Pasta with Breadcrumbs

Pasta with Breadcrumbs – or pasta ca muddica is the answer when you have stale bread and don’t want it to go to waste! This Sicilian dish was created because every leftover ingredient always gets used in Italian cooking – and especially in Nonna’s kitchen. Many classic recipes were invented this way! Try pasta ca muddica, which is my golden crispy alternative to topping your pasta with cheese… you may have just found a new mid-week favourite.

Pork Milanese

Pork Milanese – which means “in the style of Milan” – are boneless cutlets coated in a thick, tasty breadcrumb which are then shallow fried and turned into golden, crispy goodness. When preparing this simple dish, don’t go past quality breadcrumbs and try grating your own for the crunchiest result!

Mushroom Risotto

My mushroom risotto recipe is a no-fail way to master the creamiest risotto you will ever taste – minus the cream of course! Using wild porcini mushrooms, fresh parsley and a sprinkle of parmigiano cheese you barley need any ingredients to recreate this Northern Italian dish in your own kitchen…and wait until you taste it! Trust me, it’s not hard and once you realise that you’ll never order it out again! Try it with your own favourite ingredients and let me know what you choose…

Italian Bruschetta

Italian bruschetta is an absolute classic. My favourite part about this dish is the sensational flavour you get from the tomato juice.

Neapolitan Pizza Dough with Biga

Neapolitan pizza dough with biga will give you a more light, soft dough full of flavour. Learning the technique of creating biga is like an art and your hands are your best tools!

Italian Meatballs

My Italian meatballs recipe is just like a giant hug from Nonna. A mixture of quality veal and pork mince combined with the perfect amount of fresh parsley and cheese (a tonne of both!) as well as moist artisan bread will create the most delicious Italian meatballs you have ever tasted, period. This recipe uses my Nonna’s soffrito (blended my way) which adds the sweetest aroma and flavour hit you can imagine. Try my recipe for your next Meatballs night and compare them to yours…I bet they will quickly become your families new favourite (don’t worry you can pass the recipe as your own – what’s important, is you pass it on to your family to share too!).

Stuffed Shell Pasta

Stuffed shell pasta (or conchiglioni) is a favourite in Italian homes for Sunday lunch! Seashell shaped pasta filled with creamy ricotta, tasty spinach and a hint of nutmeg is just the start of this dish…my tip is to use fresh buffalo mozzarella on top to give this baked dish a serious edge. In just 30 minutes you can make this recipe and it will likely be devoured in 3.

Zabaglione

Zabaglione is a delightfully decadent egg custard dessert that will bring any Italian straight back to their childhood – and yes, every family has their own recipe! For me, this 3 ingredient sweet reminds me of my Great Grandfather, who used to whip up a fresh Zabaione for breakfast using eggs straight from the farm. This light and foamy custard is incredibly delicious and can be made and served warm on the spot or chilled in the fridge.

Beef Lasagna

Beef lasagna is a well-loved family meal all over the world and my version with a trio of cheeses, béchamel and homemade tomato passata in a word is: SUBLIME. Between each moist layer of fresh egg pasta sheets is a mixture of veal and pork mince, smothered in sweet tomato sauce. There are two key things to make yours as good as mine – you need patience and quality ingredients, no shredded mozzarella or cheap passata here. No need to thank me, just make it, eat it and share it.

Linguine alle Vongole

Linguine alle vongole is inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle and it is my absolute favourite pasta dish in the world. The salty vongole and smooth long strands of pasta mixed with freshly chopped parsley and crushed garlic are the ultimate match .

Strawberry Panna Cotta

Strawberry Panna Cotta is one of the most popular Italian desserts on the planet but so many people wait to order it at a restaurant instead of making it at home – do you realise it’s actually really easy to create? Try my vanilla flavoured panna cotta recipe topped with homemade strawberry coulis and never order it from a menu again!

Pasta alla Gricia

Pasta alla Gricia is one of the four famous pasta dishes from Rome – some say it is a marriage of the key ingredients found in the more famous 3: guanciale, pecorino romano, black pepper. The only way to perfect this dish is to find quality ingredients as they will make all the difference. Try my Pasta alla Gricia and let me know which is your favourite Roman pasta recipe!

Sicilian Sfinci (Ricotta Donuts)

Sfinci are morsels of sweet, fried ricotta donuts covered in juicy sultanas and typically enjoyed during festive periods like carnevale and Christmas.

Pasta Broccoli

This Pasta broccoli recipe is so much more delicious than you might think – it has hardly any ingredients, but it is full of incredible flavour!

Neapolitan Pizza at Home

Change your pizza game by cooking Neopolitan style pizza in your very own home. My special guest pizzaiolo Lucio is back and will be showing you how to cook a quality, Neopolitan style pizza in a domestic oven. The pizza dough has to be a high in hydration and once stretched and assembled you’ll be able to master both the crunch and the crust – surprising yourself you didn’t move from the kitchen!

Cherry Tomato Pasta

Cherry tomato pasta is a simple dish for any day of the week which calls for the freshest, juiciest organic cherry tomatoes you can find. Once you add aromatic basil to create the perfect pairing plus a scoop full of mascarpone cheese it will be even creamier than you had imagined – without the cream of course! Try this twist on neapolitan cherry tomato pasta and don’t go past the extra dash of pecorino cheese which really makes the flavours sing on a plate!

How To Make Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Neapolitan Pizza dough is the absolute OG, but can you successfully make it in your home kitchen? We put pizza master Lucio to the test and the result is mouth-watering, crunchy bliss! Try this recipe for yourself and devour every slice – you may decide to never eat pizza out again!

Tomato Sauce for Pizza

Tomato sauce for pizza couldn’t be simpler – but the few steps required to get it right are all a MUST! Combine quality Italian peeled tomatoes with fresh basil, a touch of salt and a final drizzle of olive oil and make sure you do not cook it! Join me along with Napolitano pizza chef Lucio to find out the secrets to making a flavoursome and bold tomato sauce for pizza. Have you been doing it right?

Fresh Basil Pesto

Fresh basil pesto is so easy to make and one of the most versatile condiments in Italian cooking. It originated in the region of Liguria and when made fresh the salty flavour just dances on your tastebuds.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade tomato sauce is the essential ingredient in every Italian household – it’s like liquid gold. This year I was invited to Sicilian tomato master Filippo’s, to make his yearly batch using his very own home-grown Roma tomatoes.

Modern Spaghetti Carbonara

Modern spaghetti carbonara is a twist on the classic and while it is a little different from the original, the most important rule remains, IT IS MADE WITH EGGS AND ABSOLUTELY NO CREAM!

Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Authentic Bolognese sauce is serious business! One of the most popular Italian condiments this sauce is  absolutely bursting with real tomato flavour thanks to the slow cooking process and minimal seasoning required

Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka. Make this melt-in-your mouth chocolate babka using a brioche dough filled with Nutella and this decadent dessert will become your new favourite

Sourdough Pancake

Love pancakes? Your life just got better. Use sourdough discard for this un-beatable sourdough pancake recipe and achieve the ultimate pancake tower, perfect for the upcoming holiday season, or every Sunday morning for breakfast, brunch or just because! This recipe is by my favourite baker Anthony Silvio who created a stack of fluffy, golden pancakes drowned in maple syrup and seasonal berries just for us. Get them on repeat this Christmas. Hello heaven.

Almond Croissant

Almond croissants are crescents of absolute heaven. These flaky morsels are filled with the most luscious almond cream and you cannot go past their nutty flavor or golden exterior.

Croissants

HOW TO MAKE CROISSANTS
Croissants are decadent crescents of flakey, crispy, chewy goodness and in many ways, a work of art. They can be enjoyed savoury or sweet and are made with the most divine French pastry which is so thin and delicate, creating pillows of heaven when made just right! Time, patience and good technique really are key so I’ve asked for some help from professional baker Daria Nechiporenko and in this episode of my baking series, she provides a step by step guide to mastering what can be an intimidating process…but it’s sooo worth it when the first bite of your croissant will take you so pastry heaven!

Crusty French Baguettes

Transport yourself to your favourite bakery by making these incredible crusty baguettes and learn how to create the perfect CRUNCH using your oven at home. Master baker Anthony Silvio is back sharing all his tips on how to make your baguette with a chewy interior and the most divine, crispy golden crumb.

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread recipe is the absolute QUEEN of all breads. It’s crispy, light, fluffy and when made right, has the absolute perfect CRUNCH.

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough starter recipe requires just a two ingredients and can help you create the most divine sourdough based . It is a live culture of flour and water but most importantly, what it needs is patience.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls in one word: Scrumptious. This recipe creates life changing moist brioche buns filled with cinnamon spice and completely drowned in sweet vanilla glaze.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy mushroom pasta is moist and delicious – without any cream! Use your favourite mushrooms and fresh parsley to create this mouth-watering vegetarian pasta dish and add oozing burrata for the ultimate cheesy experience.

Roast Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are a delicious nutty snack which are just perfect for the holiday season. The slightly crisp outer layer combined with a moist centre are such a fine textural treat but the question is, how do we roast them without the skin sticking to them? Check out this recipe for my tip on how to roast chestnuts and easily peel them too!

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla norma, has everything you want from a delicious Sicilian pasta dish. Crispy eggplant, salty ricotta cheese, luscious tomato sauce…and the ideal pasta shape to scoop it all up with.

Tuna Pasta

Tuna pasta is a refreshing pasta dish, suitable for all seasons and it can be enjoyed hot right away or even cold as a salad.

Homemade Cavatelli Pasta

Homemade cavatelli are eggless, oval-shaped pasta shells with a gap through the middle which is great for capturing the sauce. This pasta, originally from Puglia is still made by hand all over the region – especially by talented Nonna’s who have been perfecting the shape for years!

Pappardelle Pasta

Pappardelle Pasta are ribbon-like strands best known for scooping up all of your favourite sauce in every single bite. Much thicker than other long pasta shapes, they are best served with slow-cooked bold, rustic sauces. The name Pappardelle actually comes from the Italian verb “Pappere” which means “To gobble up” and it’s exactly what you’ll be doing once you make them, so hurry up, just talking about it is making me hungry!

No Knead Pizza Dough

No knead pizza dough is the easy way to prepare for your next pizza party. Create simple pizzeria-style slices with this no knead recipe which has more resting than mixing time and doesn’t get your hands dirty.

Neapolitan Pizza in a Wood Fired Oven

True Neapolitan Pizza should be made in a wood fired oven! If you’re lucky enough to have access to one, follow this simple technique of bringing the Neapolitan pizza forward using a pizza peel and turning it, until it becomes golden and crispy. By doing this, you will not compromise the base and instead create pizza perfection! Check out this video for a closer look at how to cook Neapolitan Pizza.

How to Stretch Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Stretching Neapolitan Pizza Dough is all in the forearm – and the practice! To achieve the best style pizza you have to master the creation of the cornicione, and to do this, I asked pizza master Johnny Di Francesco to provide simple steps to getting the base of your Neapolitan just right.

Pizza Dough Balls

Neapolitan pizza dough is an absolute art, but did you know there are more ways than one to roll a dough ball? According to renowned pizza chef, Johnny Di Francesco, some techniques to rolling a pizza dough ball can also be used to make bread and mozzarella balls too! Join us as we take you through each technique one by one and choose which suits you most.

Montanara Pizza

Montanara Pizza is a mouth-watering, crispy fried pizza dough with its origins in the mountains of pizza heaven – Naples. Cooked until perfectly golden brown, the montanara pizza is served hot yet fresh on the palette with the toppings lathered on once it has been fried. Be warned, the textures on your tastebuds might just go into melt down when you take a bite of this one!

Roman Pizza

Roman Pizza is the heavenly scented pizza by the slice you see all over Rome. Although in your travels you may have devoured a piece in seconds thanks to the irresistible aroma and lightness of the dough, the effort behind every slice, is more like a work of art!

Created using a starter, pizza champion Marco Moresco, teaches us the step by step process to mastering this light and crispy dough by the metre!

Follow along and recreate the flavours of Italy thanks to Le 5 Stagioni flour varieties…you will be drooling for more of this one!

Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Gluten free pizza dough is an alternate version of your classic pizza dough and by following this recipe, you might just be surprised with how golden and crispy your base turns out! Many people are unable to enjoy the true texture of a pizza because gluten free versions never seem to have the same crunch..until now! With an incredible gluten free flour product, brought to you by Le 5 Stagioni, you can now create a scrumptious gluten free pizza dough base that closely resembles a traditional pizza!

Focaccia Barese

Focaccia Barese is arguably the GRANDMOTHER of all focaccia recipes and it’s not hard to see why. Once you bite into a slice of this golden disc of goodness, the sweet cherry tomatoes mixed with dry oregano and sea salt will transport you to the seaside in Bari, Italy. This focaccia barese recipe is a high hydration dough and while crunchy on the outside, it is light and fluffy all the way through with a rustic highlight thanks to the addition of wholemeal flour.

Classic Pizza Margherita

Authentic Pizza Margherita is the absolute QUEEN of pizza’s – delicate yet rich and flavourful; the original recipe uses Napoletan base and is topped with 4 quality ingredients. This episode of my Pizza Masterclass will teach you the how to make a classic pizza margherita thanks to Lucio who was raised in the birthplace of this masterpiece, Naples, Italy – who started making pizza’s almost before he could talk!

Whole Wheat Pizza

Whole Wheat pizza dough is an alternative to traditional pizza and it has the most surprisingly incredible crust! Easy to digest and filled with fibre the rustic nature of the dough and careful cooking time keep it perfectly crisp and golden.

How to Make Neapolitan Pizza Dough like World Best Pizza Chef

Neapolitan pizza is the most recognized in the world, but many get it wrong, so I’ve enlisted world champion pizza maker, Johnny Di Francesco to teach us his secrets to making the finest pizza dough. True to Italian tradition, Neapolitan pizza dough is made up of very few ingredients, water, salt, yeast and all-important flour. The taste and crunch make all the difference, so watch as we pair it back and respect the simplicity of this fine dough.

No Knead Ciabatta Bread

No Knead Ciabatta bread rolls that need NO kneading are easy to make and must be next on your baking list! Create these delicious, crisp ciabatta rolls everyone will love and let the aroma of freshly baked bread take over your kitchen (without the mess!)

Best Pasta to Buy in Store

Share on Tumblr Best Pasta to Buy in Store Ever thought about what the difference is between all of the varieties of dry pasta you find on the shelf of your supermarket? Check out this short video with some advice on what pasta is better for you -and how you can tell just by looking …

Eggplant Pasta

Eggplant pasta, in a word, is a food-gasm. It is a classic Calabrian dish, also known as “Pasta alla parmigiana”, that Italian Nonni have transported the world over and it is phenomenal. It’s my wife’s favourite pasta dish and she can devour so much of it (it’s a little scary), especially when her Mum makes it. Imagine an eggplant parmigiana, turned into a pasta dish. Did you picture the sweet taste of the eggplant, tomato and cheese? That is the exact flavour that will hit your tastebuds, every, single, bite. Eggplant pasta should be a staple on your list of rotating pasta favourites. Try it, share it and never stop making it!

Fresh Spinach Pasta

Spinach pasta is a delicious alternative to making fresh pasta at home and the green vegetable adds extra flavour (and colour!) to your silky sheets of pasta. Making this colourful pasta is actually a lot easier than you think. Give my spinach pasta recipe a try and let me know what sauce you mix it with!

Almond Cake

Almond cake might just make you change the way you think about dessert! It is dense yet moist and you can adapt to suit your taste and add any fruit you choose – I added fresh figs and let me tell you, it took my almond cake recipe to a whole new level! You can also substitute plain flour for buckwheat and make it a flourless cake with the same flavoursome taste! Try this quick and easy almond cake recipe to create this moreish treat and let me know what fruit you add!

No Knead Bread

No knead bread recipe ANYONE can make. Literally, we can ALL create this dough and enjoy fresh, quality bread at home WITHOUT THE MESS. Try my no knead bread recipe and create beautiful soft dough with the crispy crunch you all desire.

Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi, undisputed rulers of Thursday lunches, a pillar of our Italian cuisine.
Warm, soft and tasty, they are a delightful and simple to prepare first course that brings adults and children together.
Gnocchi are simple yet insidious to get the right consistency, and my Nonna is the absolute master, so follow her recipe and our tips to surely have the best Gnocchi you’ve ever eaten! Trust me!

Homemade Tagliatelle

Homemade tagliatelle are a favourite in many households and delicious served with lots of different types of sauces, but the classic is Bolognese ragu. Learn how to make homemade tagliatelle pasta with me the traditional way (obviously!), using just eggs and flour – it’s a lot of fun and really easy to cook too. How do you love eating tagliatelle?

Orecchiette Pasta

Orecchiette pasta are cute little morsels that require no special tools – just a good eye and some patience to get right! They resemble a small ear (which is where their name comes from) and are typical of one of my favourite southern regions in Italy, Apulia.

This recipe will teach you how to make orecchiette from scratch using just two ingredients. They can be cooked up right away or left fresh in your pantry for a few months!

Ricotta Gnocchi

Share on Tumblr How to Make Ricotta Gnocchi Ricotta gnocchi are soft pillows of pasta, which will melt in your mouth. Much faster to make than traditional gnocchi you might surprise yourself with just how good you are at creating these little morsels of joy. There is no compromise when it comes to flavour and …

Semolina Pasta Dough

Semolina Pasta Dough
Semolina pasta dough is your answer to making dry pasta at home! With just two ingredients, create your own pasta shapes and leave them in the pantry for when you want to cook up a meal. No need to stock up on store-bought packets when you can make your own all-natural, semolina pasta dough.

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli is a classic dish in Italian cuisine. A first course with an unmistakable flavour that has its roots in the rural tradition; pasta e fagioli is a poor, cheap dish, using short pasta and beans, but is extremely tasty and genuine. This is timeless Italian comfort food that warms the heart, in my recipe we will make the best pasta fagioli with Nonna Igea, who will share how to make homemade sagne – a very old pasta form, from where my Nonna was born.

Egg Pasta Dough

Egg pasta dough is one of the simplest ingredients to make but the dishes you choose to cook with it are infinite! In Italy, it has been said that there are over 600 different pasta shapes, so just imagine the endless options and flavours. This is my Nonna’s original egg pasta dough recipe and can be easily recreated with a rolling pin or pasta machine. Follow the steps and become a pasta master in no time!

Italian Easter Cookies

Italian Easter Cookies are a tradition in almost every family. In the south of Italy, Calabrese families get together on Good Friday, to make their special version known as Sgute. These Italian Easter cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft and crumbly on the inside, making them perfect for dipping into a hot drink on Easter morning – and then finishing off breakfast with an egg, placed in the centre! They have a very special meaning too, so watch my video to find out more!

Pasta Amatriciana

AMATRICIANA RECIPE. Bring Rome to your plate with this traditional Amatriciana from Italy’s capital. Also known as bucatini al’amatriciana, you just need 3 simple ingredients to create a hearty pasta dish full of salty and rich flavours thanks to the perfect combination of tomato and guanciale.

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese sauce smothered over your favourite pasta is known to warm the heart and perfect for any day of the week. This pork and beef mince based sauce has a special, often forgotten ingredient that makes all the difference…moist, juicy pancetta! The key to keeping Bolognese sauce moist and flavoursome, is slow cooking it keeping all the meat luscious and tender.
We recommend making an extra-large batch and storing extra in the fridge or freezer for a mid-week meal that will take you right back to Italy.

Palotte Cacio e Uova

PALLOTTE CACIO E UOVA – ITALIAN CHEESE BALLS

Italian Cheese Balls, called “Pallotte Cacio e Uova”, are a traditional recipe from my region of Abruzzo.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino

Spaghetti aglio olio is one of the world’s top ten dishes and it’s not hard to understand why! With just a couple of ingredients and barely any time, you can serve up one of the most traditional Italian dishes that exists: Spaghetti aglio olio. The most important thing to remember is to cook your pasta al dente and use the best quality extra virgin olive oil you can find. Give it an extra kick with fresh or dried pepperoncino and it really is the perfect match.

Stracciatella Cheesecake

Stracciare in Italian means “to shred.” It’s from here that we get the word “stracciatella,” which you will see in pretty much any given gelateria in Italia. If you have ever been fortunate enough to have a cup or cone of stracciatella gelato, you know its main feature are the “shredded” chocolate chunks.
Just in case you don’t have a gelateria nearby, now you can have those same stracciatella flavors at home with this very snackable cheesecake!

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Dreaming of crispy, golden oven roasted potatoes, just like Nonna makes? Now you can eat them in your very own home! These oven roasted potatoes take me back to my family Sunday lunches at Nonna’s – because no one makes potatoes quite like her and I can now recreate these to take my tastebuds back to my childhood. Simple, but incredible!

Octopus Salad

Octopus salad recipe with carrots in a pesto of mint and walnuts. Italy prides itself on its fresh and simply prepared seafood.

Lemon Linguine with Shrimps and Pistachios

lemon linguine is always a winner because it’s easy, quick and super delicious. Recreate this amazing lemon pasta in less then 15 minutes.

Baked Rigatoni

Baked Rigatoni: Every Italian household has their very own version of it! From North to South the ingredients differ but the cheesy goodness and perfect crunchy edges never really change.

Spaghetti Frittata Carbonara

Spaghetti Frittata Recipe. This spaghetti frittata will make you love carbonara even more – because now you can enjoy the flavours one slice at a time.

Passata

Share on Tumblr How to Make Passata Italian tomato day embodies every, single thing our beautiful culture is about, family, food, passion and tradition. It is the official day, when the family comes together to make tomato passata bottles to stock up their cupboards with, for the year. Recently, I was very lucky enough to …

Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Tomato basil pasta sauce is what we are famous for, and in this recipe, I’m going to share all the secrets to this simple, thick, luscious recipe, that will take you right to my Nonna’s house for Sunday lunch. Get your kitchens ready to be infused with the aromas of fresh tomato and basil and plan a special meal to hero this finger-licking sauce, because one you try it, I can bet you will never spend money on artificial store-bought sauce, ever again. This tomato basil pasta sauce is completely homemade, preservative free and I think it’s so good, you could even be tempted to drink it!

Stuffed Calamari with Tuna and Olives

Stuffed Calamari (known in Italy as Calamari Ripieni) is one of those classic Italian dishes that every region seems to claim as its own. It would make sense that it would originate in a seaside town, but the first known recipe was actually found in a collection of Roman recipes dating back to the 5th century. Unlike carbonara, for example, calamari ripieni is extremely versatile, drawing from the fact that each region uses its own local flavors for the stuffing. Although mediterranean flavors are generally used, in Liguria you may find a spinach stuffing, whereas in Sicily you’re more likely to find anchovies and cheese. No matter how you make it, the end result is always a plate wiped clean!

Chicken Bites Cacciatore

You’ve probably heard of chicken cacciatora (or more likely you’ve seen it as “cacciatore”). But, what does it mean? Thought to have originated during the Italian Renaissance, it literally translates as “hunter’s chicken,” as wild herbs, plants, and mushrooms were tossed in the pan along with the catch of the day. It’s a typical recipe popular in Italian cooking and can be prepared in multiple ways. We love it because not only is it easy to prepare, it is full of flavor. Make sure to have your scarpetta, or bread slice, ready – you’re going to want to mop up every last drop!

Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari are one of the most popular Italian antipasto dishes ordered in restaurants over the world but what many don’t know, is how super simple they are to make. My fried calamari are deliciously crispy, with a salty tang and with the perfect squeeze of lemon really are a divine way to start off your meal. This fried calamari recipe uses semolina and a lemon marinade which make all the difference to the crunch and zest! Once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll likely never order it out again – the restaurants just won’t compare!

Chocolate Cheesecake Pan di Stelle

CHEESECAKE PAN DI STELLE
Cheesecake made with Pan di Stelle, wonderful cookies I have been eating since I was a little boy. In Italy, the brown bag covered with stelle, or stars, is recognized and loved by everyone. For the bambini, Pan di Stelle cookies means an after school snack with some warm milk. For adults, it means re-living their childhood for brief moment as they dunk their biscotti in their morning caffe latte. This cheesecake version of the beloved snack is perfect for anyone, at any occasion. There is just one problem – you may need to make 2 because there won’t be any left for the next day!

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is the most traditional Italian soup made in households all over Italy. Most families have their own version, but my absolute favourite is when the right mix of fresh vegetables and herbs come together in the pot and infuse to create the most mouth-watering broth – the most important part of the minestrone soup. Add some cracked pepper and a generous serve of pecorino cheese and you’ll warm hearts through every season!

Zeppole – Zippoli Calabrese

Zeppole calabresi are divine savoury donuts on high demand in our household! This zeppole recipe uses the traditional Calabrian method, taught to us by Nonna Maria. She has been making her family drool for these for years and while the original is with anchovies, there is a caprese surprise in store for you too. Make these fresh with your family and friends and eat them hot on a special occasion. No one will dream at stopping at one when you recreate this zeppole recipe.

Authentic Tiramisu

This authentic Tiramisu recipe will get your heart racing and will prove why this dessert is the most universally loved Italian “dolce”! Using biscuits as a light sponge dipped in freshly brewed coffee, mixed with layers of fluffy, sweetened mascarpone, this heavenly creation is finished with cocoa and grated chocolate to literally melt in your mouth..it’s also very simple! Try it during the festive season or for a special occasion and you will be begged to make it over and over…!

Drunken Pasta

Drunken Pasta is a recipe that will absolutely blow your mind. The spectacular way drunken pasta completely evokes all of your senses and yet is so simple makes it a winning dish every, single, time. Toss in some black olives and sprinkle over shavings of salty pecorino cheese and the red stained pasta will look like a piece of art…and yet taste just like your favourite pasta, served with a glass of red!

Roast Leg of Lamb

Roast leg of lamb is slowly cooked to absolute perfection. It will take your Sunday roast tradition to a whole new level and what’s better, it’s EASY! While you’ll need some patience with the cooking time, this roast leg of lamb is so easy to make and I promise, it will taste better than you can even imagine. With few ingredients, and care taken at every step, your family and friends will be begging you for more! Make this roast leg of lamb the centrepiece at your festive feast.

Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca sauce is a game changer from Naples, Italy. If you think don’t like anchovies, think AGAIN! Smother your pasta in thick tomato sauce with a kick of salty anchovies and capers, throw some olives in the mix and add fresh parsley for the ultimate puttanesca flavour explosion.

Amaretti Biscuits

Share on Tumblr How to Make Amaretti Biscuits Amaretti biscuits are a staple in many Italian homes but everyone’s recipe is different! This amaretti recipe has been passed down through generations and is my absolute favourite. Join my mother-in-law, Maria as she shares her family recipe to these delightful almond bites that are a little …

Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza Recipe. This pesto pizza recipe is Pizza porn at its absolute best AND, it will change your favourite pizza toppings for good!

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe recipe is the original mac and cheese. This simple cacio e pepe recipe, originating in Rome uses four main ingredients but there are a few techniques to make it simply spectacular.

Wine Cookies

Share on Tumblr How to Make Wine Cookies How do you like your wine? How about in a cookie? Introducing: WINE COOKIES! Also known as Taralli in Italy, they are bite-sized morsels of deliciousness! The recipe which uses red wine, has origins in the centre of Italy, and now has many variations which can be …

Chicken Broth

CHICKEN BROTH WITH CREPES:
Chicken broth served with parmesan crepes is a traditional recipe from my Nonna’s region of Teramo in Abruzzo. It is a deliciously tasty slow cooked broth served with light, thin crepes filled with salty parmesan cheese. This twist on classic chicken broth warms my heart (and my tummy!) with as it’s truly one-of-a-kind. Passing on this recipe to me felt like I was gaining a part of Nonna’s history and I will treasure it forever and hope you do too! While it’s a perfect dish for the changing weather, it can be enjoyed as an entrée in smaller portions and will surely become a family favourite in your homes too.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN BROTH:
½ organic chicken (cut into pieces)
5 pieces of veal
1 whole onion
3 celery stalks (complete with leaves)
1 carrot (peeled)
1 cinnamon stick
3-5 cherry tomatoes
Rock salt
INGREDIENTS FOR CREPES:
8 tablespoons of flour
8 eggs
Water
Pinch of fine salt
Grated parmesan cheese
UTENSILS:
1 XL pot
Knife
Chopping board
Small-medium size fry pan
Tablespoon
Extra virgin olive oil
Whisk
Ladle
Kitchen paper
Hand held sieve

METHOD TO MAKE THE CHICKEN BROTH:
1. To make chicken broth with parmesan filled crepes, put the pieces of chicken into your pot, add the veal and fill it almost to the top with water.
2. Put the pot on the stove at a medim heat, and once it starts to boil, you will notice foam at the top of the water. This needs to be skimmed off the top and discarded.
3. Leave this to boil for up to 10 minutes and keep removing the foam.
4. To add extra flavour to your chicken broth, add 1 whole onion (skin peeled off), the celery, carrot, cinnamon stick and cherry tomatoes, along with a generous pinch of rock salt.
5. Leave this to boil for up to 2 hours.
METHOD TO MAKE THE CREPES:
1. To make the crepes filled with parmesan cheese for your chicken broth, start by placing 8 tablespoons of flour into a bowl.
2. Crack open the 8 eggs into a separate bowl and whisk well. Then, add a pinch of salt to flavour and keep whisking.
NONNA IGEA’S TIP: One of the eggs will be used as a measure. Try to crack it open from the very top, so it remains almost whole. Rinse it out with water, and this will be used to add the water to your crepe mixture.
3. Next, to make your crepe mixture, add a handful of flour at a time, and sprinkle it into your mixture while whisking it at the same time. Do this carefully to avoid lumps!
4. Now, add 8 “egg-fulls” of water to your mix, and keep whisking through really well.
5. Leave this crepe mixture in the fridge for approx. 5 minutes.
6. Now it’s time to cook the crepes! Get a small-medium size pan and place it on the stove at a low heat, add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil to the pan, and using kitchen paper, wipe the excess off, making sure the pan has enough left on it so the mixture doesn’t stick!
7. Using a ladle, scoop up some of the crepe mixture, hold the fry pan in the other hand, then pour the mixture inside and quickly flick your wrist making the pan move in a circular motion to spread the mix around creating the form of a crepe.
8. Try not to have any holes in each crepe and remember, the more you make, the better you will get!
NONNA IGEA’S TIP: Don’t add too much crepe mixture to your pan as the crepes should be kept nice and thin. The more you practice, the better these will come!
9. After 10-20 seconds (depending on how hot the pan is), use a fork to gently scrape all around the each of the crepe, and if its cooked it will start to peel away, then once ready, flip it over and cook the other side.
10. The crepes will be ready on no time as they are very thin and your pan is hot! Once ready, prepare a tablecloth on top of your table/board and place them on top, next to one another covering them with a tea towel so they don’t dry up.
HOW TO SERVE THE CREPES AND CHICKEN BROTH:
11. Get each crepe, one at a time, and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top of one side – all over.
12. Now, roll it up gently, and nice and tight, before placing it into a large soup bowl (for serving).
13. Layer them tightly next to one another in one direction until the bottom is covered, and then the other direction, with a layer on top.
14. When you are ready to serve, take the chicken broth off the stove, and using a ladle, scoop out the broth in one hand and pour it into a sieve, over the top of the bowl of crepes, so that none of the vegetable pieces go into the soup.
15. Add another sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese to the bowl and enjoy while its nice and hot!

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This Pumpkin Risotto Recipe is creamy, light and with a scrumptious punch of pancetta, it’s a whole new take on the traditional version. Enjoy it

Spaghetti Meatball

Spaghetti Meatball but not the way you might know it! This is the #REALDEAL Spaghetti with MINI meatballs taught by the master in the kitchen, my Nonna

Spaghetti Alla Chitarra

Fresh pasta is at the heart of Italian cooking and this recipe for how to make a traditional type of Spaghetti, (known as “Maccheroni alla Chitarra”) will show you just how easy it is! With 2 ingredients, a pasta maker, and my Nonna’s experienced hands, making fresh pasta has never been so simple.

Nescafe Commercial with Ricky Martin

Share on Tumblr NESCAFE COMMERCIAL MY TV COMMERCIAL WITH RICKY MARTIN Check out my amazing experience with the incredible and yet humble superstar #RickyMartin I was sooooo lucky to have had the opportunity to work alongside him for a new #Nescafe #TV commercial…even if I didn’t have the courage to ask for a photo! Check …

Chicken Schnitzel

Make chicken cutlets Nonna’s way! Meet my Nonna in her first ever video recipe as she teaches you the simple, original way to coat and cook up chicken cutlets. No one knows the little secrets like Nonna! Watch now to find them out and recreate this old age delight.

Seafood Pasta

Seafood Pasta recipe full of flavoursome seafood and will just melt in your mouth. This Seafood Spaghetti Carbonara is a very easy and delicious pasta.

Steamed Clams

This Steamed Clams (Vongole) recipe is bursting with flavours thanks to a colourful mix of cherry tomatoes, fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon

Iced Coffee Cocktail

ICED COFFEE COCKTAIL | Sweet and Fabulous, the Caffe Shakerato – or Iced Coffe Cocktail – will have your tongues wagging. Enjoy this beautiful Italian Drink

Best Restaurant in Rome

Share on Tumblr Best Restaurant in Rome Our fantastic Roman adventure continued well into the afternoon when our guide for the day, Lucrezia (from Learn Italian with Lucrezia) revealed her FAVOURITE Roman trattoria – Trattoria Lilli, The Best restaurant in Rome. This authentically rustic spot which is hidden away from the hustle and bustle has …

Secret Rome Part 1

Share on Tumblr Secret Rome Watch the Vlog: Secret Rome with Lucrezia One of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations (and arguably the country’s most well recognised city), Rome, is one of my favourite places to visit. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the ancient city each and every day, most to visit landmarks such …

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble Recipe | Italian Recipe | No matter the season, apple crumble will warm your heart and every family has their own recipe.

Tripe Recipe Abruzzo Style

Savour the flavours of tender tripe cooked with fresh aromas and chopped tomatoes.This tripe has been prepared with my Mum as no one cooks it quite like her

Bruschetta Recipe | Classic Tomato Bruschetta

This classic Italian bruschetta recipe starts with beautifully char-grilled crusty Italian bread which is then smothered in juicy tomato pieces and topped with aromatic basil and oregano.

Campari Prosecco Cocktail

An Italian classic, the Campari Prosecco cocktail may have just a few ingredients, but as one of the most well recognised aperitivo cocktails around the world

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio | A classic Italian dish, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (e peperoncino!) is simple, healthy and sure to tickle your tastebuds.

Fried Mozzarella Balls

This fried cheese ball recipe will create bite sized bonanza’s! Fried cheese balls are the perfect amount of crunch, mixed with the perfect amount of gooey

Arrosticini Abruzzesi | Traditional Lamb Skewers from Abruzzo

Arrosticini Abruzzesi | It’s time to show you how to perfectly cook one of my favourite dishes: Arrosticini Abruzzesi. Traditional Lamb Skewers from Abruzzo

Arrosticini

Arrosticini Recipe | How to make Arrosticini Abruzzesi | Part One of my Arrosticini series is all about how to prepare this traditional Abruzzese dish.

Burrata Salad

Burrata Salad is a delightfully creamy recipe which is simple to make and will please those who love a touch of sweet in their savoury dishes.Burrata Recipe

Spaghetti Bolognese

The Best Spaghetti Bolognese Ever | Spaghetti Bolognese is one of the most classic dishes which originated in the region of Emilia Romagna.

Americano Cocktail

The Americano is another cocktail with a rich history dating as far back as the 1800s. A lighter style drink, the Americano cocktail is sweet and has just enough punch to start off you next dinner party by tantalising the palette.

Italian Hot Dog | Sausage and Peppers Sandwich

Italian Hot Dog |This lip-smackingly divine Italian hot dog is made up of a thin Italian pork sausage smothered with grilled peppers & spicy pecorino cheese

Coconut Balls | Mum’s Recipe

Coconut Balls Recipe | If you want to make an impression but don’t have the time to bake a cake, roll out some of these delicious Ricotta and Coconut Balls. They are an absolute flavour BOMB and will be devoured in seconds by young and old alike. Perfect for Birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day…or just because!

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara is a traditional Roman pasta dish. It has taken on lots of different forms over the years, but I am going to teach you the traditional version I have been eating since I was a young boy. Using pig cheek, which is known as Guanciale, Ill help you recreate a salty al dente pasta that takes only a few minutes to prepare and will leave you begging for more – and never using cream in pasta again!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Mozzarella in Carrozza is the answer to how an Italian enjoys a Grilled Cheese Sandwich! Try out this twist on a family favourite and spoil your tastebuds with mozzarella oozing on top of Prosciutto di Parma between two fried slices of bread.

Italian Meatball

Italian Meatballs are part of the Bible of Italian food. They are one of those dishes you simply MUST learn how to make, and once you find a recipe you love, you will be making meatballs every chance you get.

Calypso Cocktail

Take yourself to a tropical inspired setting with this passion fruit infused Calypso Cocktail which is refreshing and will get your taste buds dancing

Anellini alla Pecorara

Anellini alla Pecorara | The vegetarian pasta sauce made up of juicy eggplant, capsicum, zucchini and tomato sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Arancini

Arancini are deliciously plump stuffed rice balls filled with ragu, peas, mozzarella and deep fried. Arancini are originally from Sicily

Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana recipe is a scrumptious dish of layer upon layer of crisp, juicy eggplant mixed with rich Italian tomato sauce and filled with cheese.

Alberobello Trulli

Share on Tumblr How to Make Alberobello Trulli ALBEROBELLO is a small town situated in the region of Puglia (there is LOTS of delicious food there) which is basically located on the hill of the “boot”. It is like nothing I have ever seen before, almost like a fairytale! Alberobello Trulli | The Trulli of …

Grilled Pork Skewers

Grilled pork skewers with capsicum and onion is an instalment of Vincenzo’s Plate with charcoal specialist BBQ Aroma. Grilled Pork Skewers

Prawn Salad

Prawn Salad Recipe brings new life to the traditional starter, with a splash of salty pesto and juicy cherry tomatoes.So light you will be drooling for more

Panzanella Salad Recipe “My Way”

Panzanella Salad Recipe “My Way” This hearty version of Panzanella Salad combines juicy tomatoes and crusty bread with a cheesy Vincenzo’s Plate twist

Bread Dough

Let me take you step by step through the process of How to make Bread Dough just the way Nonna taught me – but with a Vincenzo’s Plate twist.

Bonnyrigg Garden Centre

Share on Tumblr Bonnyrigg Garden Centre This year I want to take you behind the scenes a little, to show you what I get up to when the cameras are off…and I am going to turn them on and include them in a regular Vlog! This behind the scenes journey begins with one of my …

Penne Arrabbiata

Penne all’ arrabbiata is a mix of very few ingredients which combine together to make one dish that will surely heat things up in the kitchen! The translation of “Arrabiata” is angry, but there’s nothing that will upset you about this meal. Spice things up for someone you love and make a memorable dish with minimal effort

Bellini Cocktail

BELLINI COCKTAIL
Serve a piece of history at your next dinner party with the sweet and fresh Bellini Cocktail first invented in Venice in the 1930’s. Watch the latest installment of Aperitivo with Vincenzo’s Plate and recreate this fruity specialty in your very own kitchen.

Cannoli

Cannoli Recipe is one of the most loved Italian sweet! Recreate my version of this Sicilian Cannoli using a mix of creamy ricotta and candied fruit

Bresaola Salad

Bresaola Salad Recipe | An Healthy Italian Tasty Salad This refreshing Bresaola Salad fuses together everything you love about an antipasto dish!

Grilled Tuna Steak

Delicate and light, this Grilled Tuna Steak recipe is not only healthy it is coated with a flavoursome tomato and capsicum sauce. In this episode, BBQ Aroma introduces the fish wire basket which makes grilling fish on charcoal simple and fast.

Pig Day with the Family | Vincenzo’s Plate Family Tradition

Share on Tumblr Pig Day My first Vlog for 2015 is all about one of my most favorite family traditions called Annual Family Pig Day. I couldn’t be there for it last year but when I go home in June, the best Prosciutto, Porchetta and Salami will be waiting for me. Click here to see …

Gnocchi Pesto and Sausages

Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage is a marriage of the perfect flavors that will literally melt in your mouth. Fluffy potato dumpling pasta

Negroni Cocktail

Negroni Cocktail is one of the most famous Gin cocktails, the Negroni Cocktail is best served before a large meal and is refreshing and light on the palette

Nutella Cake

Nutella Strawberry Cake with Ricotta is a combination of two moist layers of chocolate sponge bursting with delicious ricotta and cinnamon cream, surrounded by Nutella topped with juicy strawberries. This is every bite as rich as a dessert should be…*drool*

Panettone Gelato

Panettone Ice Cream Cake Transform a traditional Italian Panettone into the most delicious panettone ice cream cake you have ever tasted. Fill the inside of the sweet, moist bread with your favourite gelato flavour and freeze just in time for the festive season. Impress family and friends using my favourite Panettone gelato recipe….Yuuuuuuuuuum

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad is the easiest tuna pasta salad recipe you will find. A mix of fresh, crunchy vegetables with tuna and creamy mayo. Great for a picnic in the park or a light lunch on the go.

Lasagna

Lasagna Recipe Layers of melting cheese, veal & pork mince along with a velvety rich tomato sauce make up my favourite Lasagna recipe with porcini mushrooms

Mango Tiramisu | A Modern Italian Tiramisu

My Mango Tiramisu is light and fluffy and has the perfect balance of sweetness and chocolatey crunch…This is a special version made with Mango
If you don’t normally like Tiramisu, this will probably change your mind!

Pan di Stelle Tiramisu

Pan di Stelle Tiramisu Layers of sweet mascarpone mixed with delicious chocolate Pan di stelle biscuits make this rich tiramisu served in a martini glass…irresistible. My Pan di Stelle tiramisu, is crunchy, sweet and will impress any dessert lover.

Sydney Italian Festival – Food and Shows at the Festa

Share on Tumblr Sydney Italian Festival The Italian Festa Down Under, takes place in the heart of “Little Italy” in Sydney, Leichhardt (also my home!) and brings together lots of traditional Italian food, music and the BEST that Italy has to offer Watch me at the “Norton St Italian Festa” as I have lots of …

Italian Festival Sydney | The Norton St Festival

Share on Tumblr Italian Festival Sydney The Norton St Festival (Italian Festival Sydney) is on the last Sunday in October every year and it is full of fun, food and colourful activities for everyone to enjoy. The ITALIAN FESTIVAL SYDNEY takes place in the heart of “Little Italy” Leichhardt (also my home!) and brings together …

Lemon Chicken | Italian Chicken Style

Lemon Chicken recipw Italian style is cooked up with a citrus twist and served on a bed of baby spinach. It is simple, fast and will melt in your mouth…

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz is the most popular cocktail in Italy, the Aperol Spritz, in the special series, Aperitivo with Vincenzo’s Plate

Italian Aperitivo with Vincenzo’s Plate | An Italian Way of Life

Share on Tumblr Italian Aperitivo I am very excited to announce that I am launching a brand new series: “Aperitivo with Vincenzo’s Plate” Throughout the series Giuseppe Zagari from Aperitivo Restaurant Sydney will show off his cocktail making skills alongside Vincenzo’s Plate and together we will reveal the essence of an “Aperitivo” with sexy drinks …

Slowly Cooked Lamb Shanks

Slowly Cooked Lamb Shanks Recipe My juicy slowly cooked lamb shanks are served with vegetables and smothered with a thick, rich, tomato base sauce.

Bistecca Fiorentina – Grilled T-Bone Steak

Grilled T-Bone Steak Florentine Style Tender and juicy, this thick cut of meat is full of flavour and best served medium rare with a light, crisp salad. Although it is big enough for two…you might be drooling enough to finish it on your own!

Norton Street Festival 2014 Announcement

Share on Tumblr Norton Street Festival 2014 Announcement Hi Food Lovers, Will you be in Sydney on Sunday October 26? YOU BETTER BE! The Norton Street Festival is on in Leichhardt which is an awesome street fair about all things ITALIAN and I will be presenting on stage at 1pm. Watch my vlog NOW by …

Not only a Celebrity Chef | Who is Vincenzo’s Plate

Share on Tumblr Not only a Celebrity Chef Hi Guys, Do you want to know more about who is Vincenzo’s Plate? Did you know that I am not a professional chef, but actually a self-taught cook? Watch this video to find out more about me and my other day job…! You will love it: Subscribe …

Strawberry Crostata

Strawberry Crostata | Crostata di Marmellata is a Sweet, rich jam mixed with a thin, delicate pastry are a match made in my oven! Recreate my strawberry jam pie or create your own version using your favourite fruit jam. The perfect afternoon tea or light dessert after a hearty meal at dinner.

Italian Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe. A hearty, thick, Italian vegetable beef soup filled with a tonne of fresh vegetables. Minestrone Soup with meat is awesome

Tomato and Basil Pasta

Tomato and Basil Pasta | Pasta al Pomodoro Create the colours of Italy on a plate with this vegetarian tomato and basil pasta recipe

Cook Well, Eat Well

Share on Tumblr Cook Well, Eat Well If you call yourself a foodie you should also be an “I love to cook” person. Every day we eat and every meal needs to be special as if it is the last of your life! So every time you cook for yourself, your family or friends make …

Italian Panini

Italian Panini Recipe | The Best Italian Sandwich Italian Panino takes some of the most delicious ingredients you will find at your local delicatessen

Lemon Tart

How to Make a Great Lemon Tart | Lemon Tart is a rich, delectable delight that will melt in your mouth. This lemon tart is quite simply, perfection.

Italian Countryside

I want to share my amazing experience at a place in Abruzzo called Ristoro Mucciante which basically means a refreshment stop and Mucciante is the surname of the owners. The translation of this is funny for me…because it is so much more than a refreshment. For me, this place is the ultimate dining experience…in the middle of the mountain!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Raspberry and Ice Cream Take yourself to a tropical paradise with this delicious smoothie made with heavenly fresh fruit

Italian Festival

Share on Tumblr Italian Festival Hi Food lovers, This is my first official VLOG…well, kind of! It’s a new way to interact with all of you. I love making videos and talking to all of you, so instead of writing blogs every week, I am going to mix it up sometimes and do a “vide-blog”, …

Italian Grilled Eggplant

Italian Grilled Eggplant Recipe is a great, starter or an alternative to a salad, with just enough balsamic adding a punch of flavour for your taste buds

Homemade Angus Beef Burger Recipe

Homemade Angus Beef Burger Recipe with mouth-watering prosciutto and a very special surprise ingredient

Sydney Winter VS Italian Summer

Share on Tumblr Italian Summer Hi Food lovers, This is a NEW blog and video post which I hope you will enjoy! It is the first episode of a mini series featuring delicious home made Italian recipes direct from my family home in Italy…! My family has many traditions but one of my favorite, which …

Artichoke and Avocado Salad

Artichoke and Avocado salad is a mix of simple and fresh Mediterranean ingredients. This artichoke and avocado salad has feta cheese as special guest

Growing up with Great Grandparents

Share on Tumblr Growing up with Great Grandparents On the Gran Sasso D’Italia, one of the highest mountains in Italy, there is a small village where my Great Grandparents were born in Villa Petto. They are the parents of my grandmother. Growing up with Great Grandparents means I was very lucky to have the opportunity …

Nutella Pizza

Nutella Pizza Recipe | How to Make Nutella and Banana Pizza This is not just a Nutella Pizza Recipe, this is a life experience

Vincenzo’s Plate goes to Fashion Week Sydney

Share on Tumblr Fashion Week Sydney Earlier this year, Luca Bronzino and I were very excited to head to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney, to deliver Vincenzo’s Plate goody bags to beautiful models, stylists and bloggers. Whenever you go to an event or a show, you always leave with a goody bag, but not very …

Fried Calzone

Fried calzone recipe with ham and mozzarella is the perfect pizza recipe to enjoy on a saturday night.Have fun cooking and eating this awesome fried calzone

White Lasagna

Share on Tumblr How to Make White Lasagna Hello Food Lovers! This blog is a shout out to Vincenzo’s Plate fan, Martin Phillips who has been supporting me since the beginning of my Vincenzo’s Plate adventure. He is a passionate home cook from Lodi, California who loves food and his family. Martin has created the …

Chocolate Frappe

Chocolate Frappe with Cookies and Ice Cream. If you want to be a child again, this divine, rich, Chocolate frappe recipe will make you feel just like one!

It’s the name on the box…Thank you Barilla!

Share on Tumblr Barilla Hi Italian Foodies, Welcome to the latest Vincenzo’s Plate blog post! I was lucky enough to recently receive a delicious goodie bag from Barilla Australia and I want to share with you my excitement! After Barilla contacted me asking if they could deliver some delicious Barilla products to me and my …

Zucchini Crepes

Zucchini Crepes Recipe | With Parmesan and Bechamel Crispy and golden Zucchini and Cheese filled crepes with Bechamel sauce. H-E-A-V-E-N!

Caprese Salad with Avocado

Caprese Salad with Avocado A simple Italian favourite using the freshest tomato, buffalo mozzarella & basil – hopefully picked straight from the garden – with my avocado twist!

Wedding In Italy | My Italian Wedding

Share on Tumblr Wedding In Italy This time last year I got married with the best wife in the world in the most wonderful romantic place in the world: Castello di Septe Mozzagrogna – Italy from the 1500a.c. I really want to share this spectacular experience with you, because this is a typical wedding in Italy, …

Grilled Sirloin Steak

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Mushroom Sauce & Asparagus. Tender sirloin grilled on charcoal smothered in a creamy olive & mushroom sauce served with crunchy grilled asparagus on the side.

Grilling with Charcoal Barbecue

Share on Tumblr Grilling on Charcoal Hi Food Lovers! I am very excited to present this Vincenzo’s Plate brand new series, “COOKING WITH CHARCOAL”, created with BBQ expert Nick Angelucci from BBQ Aroma. Did you know that grilling on charcoal makes the meat taste incredible? You don’t get the same flavour experience on any other …

Byron Bay I LOVE YOU

Share on Tumblr Byron Bay What can I say about Byron Bay? BYRON BAY I LOVE YOU!!! I have recently visited Byron Bay and if you don’t know what to expect from Byron Bay, read this and you will have your next holiday planned by Vincenzo’s Plate. When you arrive to Byron Bay you became …

Seafood Spaghetti

Seafood Spaghetti Recipe | Seafood Pasta Recipe This Seafood Spaghetti recipe is full of flavoursome Seafood and will just melt in your mouth

My first post | The Best Italian Food is Homemade!

Share on Tumblr Italian Food The Best Italian Food is Homemade! When I was in Italy my Saturday night dinners were in countryside restaurants around the Centre of Italy. I loved discovering new traditional dishes and fresh authentic meals from various villages. Every day, I was eating priceless unique meals that nowhere in the world …

Farro Seafood Salad

Farro Seafood Salad | Yummy Seafood Recipes An italian style nutty-grain mixed with delicious seafood and fresh herbs. Light, but FULL of flavour!

Homemade Veggie Bruschetta

Veggie Bruschetta is a rustic variety of toppings making your veggie bruschetta experience unique. Sauteed musrooms, melted cheese and a special capsicum mix. Yum!

Italian Grilled Zucchini

Italian Grilled Zucchini Deliciously fresh grilled zucchini with balsamic. The perfect substitute for a salad with the same healthy green crunch.

Creamy Lasagna

creamy lasagna recipe This takes the traditional Lasagna recipe and turns it WHITE! It is packed with cheese, vegetables, beef mince, and my bechamel sauce

Italian Sausage Casserole

Italian Sausage Casserole Recipe Juicy italian sausage with the perfect mix of potatoes and tomato sauce baked in the oven until they are crisp.

Cheese Pizza

5 Cheese Pizza with Porcini Mushrooms | Cheese Pizza My favourite pizza toppings, not 4 cheeses, but FIVE with porcini all on a freshly homemade pizza base

Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

How to Make Basic Italian Tomato Sauce
Authentic Italian Tomato sugo, just like my family makes. The most important ingredients are good passata and fresh BASIL. It will make your kitchen smell as good as it tastes.

Olive Bread

Olive Bread Recipe Add olives to the mix and turn a simple loaf of bread into an antipasto, served with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Roasted Asparagus with Pancetta

Roasted Asparagus with Pancetta Salty, sweet heaven. Pancetta will get those tastebuds dancing while the asparagus and parmesan will melt in your mouth

Ravioli with Cream Porcini Mushrooms and Sausage

Ravioli with Cream Porcini Mushrooms and Sausage HEAVEN ON A PLATE. My homemade Ravioli covered with Cream porcini mushrooms and Italian sausage.

Homemade Ravioli Pasta from Scratch

How to Make Homemade Ravioli Pasta from Scratch Soft and tasty homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta. So easy and fun to make

Avocado Sandwich

Today we are making an Healthy Avocado Sandwich with bocconcini and cherry tomatoes. This avocado and cheese type of sandwich is the perfect snack

Tiramisu | The Best Tiramisu Ever

My Easy Tiramisu Recipe this tiramisu is light and fluffy and has the perfect balance of sweetness and chocolatey crunch with just enough coffee…If you don’t normally like Tiramisu for whatever reasons, this will probably change your mind! It’s my favourite!

Fennel and Orange Salad

This is a refreshing Fennel and Orange Salad is infused with chunks of citrus and splashes of sweet of balsamic. Refreshing Fennel and Orange Salad

Potato Bake

This Cheesy Potato Bake Recipe is a twist on the traditional potato bake, this dish mixes sweet and regular potatoes which are layered with fresh Italian mortadella and melted cheese. https://youtu.be/Hokafjur5aM

Chocolate Ricotta Cake

Italian Chocolate Ricotta Cake Recipe is one of the most MOIST cakes you will ever eat! Chocolate and ricotta are like the perfect couple

Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes Frittata

Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes Frittata Recipe is light and full of bold colours and fresh flavours, this is an Italian-style omelette

Italian Sausage Pizza

Classic Mushroom and Italian Sausage Pizza Recipe mixed with mushrooms and a sprinkle of herbs on a freshly made pizza base – authentic and simply perfect

Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe Let me take you step by step through the process of How to make Pizza Dough, just the way Nonna taught me

Cannelloni with Spinach and Ricotta

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni Recipe | Nonna’s Recipe
Cannelloni made with fresh crepes are a lighter alternative to the traditional pasta (so you can eat more!). These are packed full of ricotta, spinach and plenty of parmesan then served with a rich tomato sauce and just the right amount of Bechamel.

Bean Dip

How to make Bean Dip
Thick and bursting with flavour, this bean dip made with beans and fresh leaves of basil and parsley can be served with crackers or toasted bread as an aperitivo or a snack, or you can pour a dollop on top of freshly bbq’d meat and your tastebuds will be dancing!

Vegetarian Rigatoni

Rigatoni with Eggplant, Zucchini, Black Olives and Pesto A vegetarian rigatoni dish with eggplant, zucchini, black olives smothered in pesto

Osso buco

Osso buco Recipe | Ossobuco with Beans Tender, juicy pieces of osso buco meat served with beans in a rich. mouthwatering Italian tomato sauce.

How to make Crepes

How to make Crepes | Basic Crepe Recipe Thin, light basic crepe recipe which can be used to create a savoury or a sweet dish.

Smoked Salmon Salad

A colourful Smoked Salmon Salad combining the crunch of black olives with the zest of fresh lemon juice. This is the perfect antipasto platter to start off a big seafood menu.

Strawberry Crumble Cake

Strawberry Crumble Cake
A crumble with a difference. This is a rich, flavoursome dessert for lovers of strawberry jam and crunchy pastry!