Tag Archives: Seafood

Alf in Italy – Lunch at il Vecchio Forno – Barletta

Rubbing the foot of the Colosso di Barletta certainly brought us luck. Of course luck does not just happen; it needs to be encouraged to happen. This day in Barletta it is Paola’s friend Beppe who encourages fortune to surprise and delight us. He has arranged lunch for us at Vecchio Forno, a restaurant specialising…
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Alf in Italy – A mid summer’s night, Pescara

It’s August: hot, humid, the still air smells damp. It is evening and the temperature has not started to drop. Paola is driving us to Pescara for dinner. Perhaps by the sea it will be cooler and more comfortable. We wind downhill toward the coast along the serpentine county road, past vineyards trained pergola style,…
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Stuffed Sardines A Beccafico

Sarde a Beccafico Recipe This is an extremely popular sardine dish in Sicily with variations to the cooking method and the stuffing. The dish is named in homage to the “beccafico” a small migratory and fig eating bird so the story goes. Becca means peck and fico, fig. The stuffed sardines resemble a beccafico bird.…
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Gragnano pasta (paccheri) with octopus ragu’

Pasta di Gragnano (paccheri) al ragu’ di polpo As a cook nothing pleases me more than the challenge of recreating a dish I enjoyed in a restaurant. It sometimes takes me years of tests and research to develop the recipe, I am happy to serve my family and friends.  When I am finally satisfied I…
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