We asked many of our native Italian friends for the meaning of fuia fuia in this context and got a few differing answers—some said it was “fast”, as in fast to make, some said “running away” as in they will vanish quickly, others saying “thief, thief”, as in they will be quickly stolen. After…

This chilly, wet spring day I choose this comfort food dish, full of gooey cheese, potato chunks and pasta with sauce. Prep time is very minimal; it doesn’t take much longer than bringing a pot of water to boil. While the water is boiling, sauté sliced potatoes with olive oil. Add a peeled tomato or…

“Gaeta olive [gah-AY-tah]- Small, blackish Italian olive that’s either dry-cured, which produces dry, wrinkled, slightly brownish fruit, or cured in brine, which results in plumper fruit with a purplish cast. They are meaty and slightly tart to salty in flavor with hints of nuts.” This definition, found in my copy of the Food Lover’s Companion,…

As I looked over the recipes from Frijenno Magnanno, my eye immediately went to “Bucatini alla napoletana,” and I knew right away that it would be the first recipe I’d try. Similar to spaghetti, this thick, hollow noodle ranks high among my favorite pastas. I also had a can of whole tomatoes sitting on my…