So you know you love mozzarella's soft, tangy cousin, but do you know how to use it? A fresh, creamy invention from Puglia, burrata is one of Italy's most beloved cheeses. It's made out of a "pouch" of stretched mozzarella cheese filled with cream-soaked stracciatella. The result is a pearly white ball that oozes with cream when you cut into it. Ne...

Italy set a new record for food and wine exports in 2018, which reached €42 billion, up 3% year-on-year. Almost two-thirds of Italian agri-food exports went to EU countries, where the main partner is Germany, according to data published by Italian farmers association Coldiretti, based on Istat projections. Outside the EU, the US is the key destinat...

Trip Advisor lists Cafe Mezzanotte as the number one restaurant in Severna Park and after dining there over the holidays I can understand why. First impressions always count and I had a lovely young hostess greet me with a smile and warmth that initially set the tone for what was to come. There was something about her sense of caring that made me f...

It’s a gorgeous late summer morning and I’m gazing at the seemingly endless, verdant Alpine pastures of Italy’s Asiago plateau from Malga Serona, a rustic cheesemaking chalet situated at an altitude of 4,160 feet above sea level. The gentle tinkling of bells from free-roaming cows happily feasting on abundant grasses, herbs, and wildflowers is the...

Pasta. Sauce. You don't have to be Italian to swoon upon mention of those words. Worldwide consumption of pasta increased for the second straight year in 2017, with the U.S. leading the pasta market - 2.7 million tons consumed last year.  And sauce? Most supermarkets stock dozens of kinds. Marinara. Tomato and basil. Tomato, garlic and onion. Tomat...

Italy is known for its culture and smooth sophistication, but go to the Apennine Mountains and you’ll find the country has a wild heart. Consisting of smaller parallel mountain chains, the Apennines extend 1,200 km along the length of the peninsula. In the northwest they join with the Ligurian Alps at Altare, and in the southwest they end at Reggio...

Pizza as we know it was invented in Little Italy at Lombardi’s in the earliest years of the 20th century, big communal pies lush with toppings that formed quite a contrast with the scrawny, sparsely dressed pies of Naples that inspired them. In the ensuing years, pizzas proliferated across New York City and around the country, some with quirky regi...

In a news cycle swirling with notices of restaurant closures, Ristorante i Ricchi reminds us that longevity is possible in the D.C. dining scene. The Italian restaurant specializing in Tuscan cuisine opened its doors on 19th St. NW on Jan. 11, 1989. That's the year the Berlin Wall fell. Paula Abdul was singing "Straight Up," and Weekend at Bernie's...

Now that Gruttadauria's Bakery has closed in Greece, and is heading for California, its loyal Rochester customers are bemoaning the loss of their favorite baked goods.  The Italian cookies. The rainbow cookies. The rum cake. The cannoli. These aren't just baked goods. They are the flavors of special memories — of weddings, celebrations and holidays...

In most western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless you’re all eating is soup.  The relationship Italians have with the fork is certainly crucial. How could we eat spaghetti without one?  ,When I was a kid, my dad spent hours teaching me how to twirl my fork so that not a strand of spaghetti hung down as I lifted that inc...