Wild Mushroom Risotto

Roasting the mushrooms truly gives this killer risotto an added depth of flavor

Swordfish Sicilian Style

This is my favorite way to have Swordfish. The lemon, oil, garlic and white wine marinade is quick to make and very tasty.

Porchetta

In Italy, Porchetta is a deboned pig, stuffed and rolled, and there are many versions depending on the region. I wanted to make Porchetta, but was not quite up to deboning and stuffing a pig, so I decided to do what you might consider “Porchetta Lite”….

Lamb Chops Scottadito

In Italian the word scottadito means burned fingers. This dish is named scottadito because the lamb chops are so delicious that you can’t resist eating them sizzling hot, straight from the grill and burning your fingers.


Wild Mushroom Risotto

Recipe attribution and credit can be a tricky thing. The internet is like the wild west when it comes to this, ripe with ripped off recipes and people stealing other people’s ideas without giving credit. Several times I have stumbled across my own recipes copied word...

Swordfish Sicilian Style

This is one of the first recipes my father gave me for The Italian Chef way back in 1999. Back then I wrote: This is my favorite way to have Swordfish. The lemon, oil, garlic and white wine marinade is quick to make and very tasty. Instead of marinating the fish up...

Paglia e Fieno with Prosciutto and Cream

Every once in a while I pick up my copy of Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan, and flip through it looking for inspiration. Most times that inspiration comes in something that is so simple, that I kick myself for not thinking of it on my own....

Short Rib Ragu

A ragu is a slow cooked meat based sauce, and there as many variations as there are regions in Italy. I have posted a couple of versions of Ragu alla Bolognese in the past, but strangely enough I have never featured a Southern Italian ragu. This is especially...

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall/winter ingredients. When the season comes, I especially look forward to having two dishes: Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Butter and Sage and this Butternut Squash Risotto. Over the years I have experimented with different...

Pan Seared Tuna with Rosemary Oil

In 2005 Sandy and I took a two week trip to Italy. We started in Venice and worked our way down through Tuscany, Rome and The Amalfi Coast to Sicily. We were married less than two years at the time and didn’t have children yet, so it was the perfect time in our...

Red Snapper Livornese

I started The Italian Chef website in 1999 and Red Snapper Livornese was one of the first recipes I posted. Occasionally, I like to revisit some of the older recipes from the archives, and since this wonderfully pungent dish from Livorno on the coast of Tuscany is the...

Porchetta

In Italy, Porchetta is a deboned pig, stuffed and rolled, and there are many versions depending on the region. I wanted to make Porchetta, but was not quite up to deboning and stuffing a pig, so I decided to do what you might consider “Porchetta Lite”....

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

This typically Roman pasta dish was traditionally made with guanciale, but since that ingredient used to be very hard to find outside of Italy, and the Lazio region in particular, pancetta has became a common substitute. This is changing and guanciale can now be found...