Italian Cooking & Language Blog

Fare La Scarpetta means to wipe your plate clean with a piece of bread.

What else could you ask for?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Italian Movie: Passione

The movie Passione, by John Turturro, seemed like a movie I would like. I know, I’m a sucker for all Italian movies, but this one seemed right on target: A musical documentary about the history of music in Naples. Cool.

Not withstanding a positive review on Salon, I could barely sit through the entire movie. Turturro was the audience’s guide through the historical and contemporary musical world in Naples. Unfortunately, his introductions were broad, and while positive, mostly devoid of facts.

The movie was primarily a series of staged and overdone music videos, not impromptu performances as the scenes would try to portray. Yes, yes. I know that Naples has a particular “spirit.” Still, the entire piece felt forced.

Alas. Not everything Italian or Italian-American is perfect. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Italian Lunch at 2Amy's Pizzeria

We don’t go to 2Amy’s Pizzeria nearly enough. Here’s why we should change that: The food is fresh, very Tuscan (even if they advertise that they are very “napoletano”) and the environment is lovely.

Here’s what we ate on our last visit:
Artichokes (off the ‘specials’)
Deviled eggs with green sauce
Stuffed pizza (Ricotta, grana, salami, prosciutto, pancetta, tomato)
Caffe macchiato
Cookie plate

This recipe for the Carciofi alla Guidia (Roman Jewish Artichoke), looks a lot like what we had. I look forward to trying to make it at home one day.

Everything was delicious. In fact, I’m hungry again just thinking about it. Who’s free for lunch?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cannellini Bean & Fennel Salad

We recently found fennel in our Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA ½ vegetable share. Fennel is a bulb that tastes like licorice and is quite popular in Italy. Admittedly, I'd never bought it before, although I ate it regularly in Florence, Italy. 

This fennel was light and even a little spicy. It added a summery crunch to our white bean salad. To make your own, mix together cannellini beans, sliced fennel, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. I imagine that freshly seared tuna would turn this appetizer into an entrĂ©e. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Language Bookstore: Tempo Book Distributors in Washington, D.C.

Tempo Book Distributors in Washington, D.C., has a wide collection of books to help you to learn a second language. If you are looking to support an independent bookstore, buy your dictionaries, workbooks, travel books and more in their store or online. When I recently visited their store, they had a strong collection of Italian language books. 

What have you purchased at Tempo Book Distributors?