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Alf in Italy – La Spiaggia – Part 2

It’s only a short drive to the beach along the Strada Provincale 30, a narrow, sinuous, twisting, road that mostly follows the ridge before dipping into a valley before heading toward the sea. There is a common stereotype of Italians as would be Formula One drivers with only scant respect for road laws. A mayor…
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Pomodorini confit (Slow cooked baby tomatoes)

Pomodorini confit (Slow cooked baby tomatoes) There are hundreds of ways to use these tomatoes. Italian chefs use confit tomatoes to accompany pasta dishes or as garnish for many main courses. It is a modern way of preparing tomatoes, not many nonnas would have prepared them this way. My recipe is inspired by a friend…
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Alf in Italy, Piazzetta San Simeone, Rome – Part 2 – the Tourists

Via Dei Coronari leads from above Piazza Navona to the bridges that cross the Tiber to the Vatican. In Medieval times the street was part of a pilgrim route lined with rosary sellers. Because of its position the street is a thoroughfare for that ubiquitous group of modern pilgrims, tourists. Intermingled with the entertainments staged…
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Spaghetti with prawns and black pepper Amatriciana style

Spaghetti con gamberi e pepe nero stile Amatriciana The Amatriciana sauce, also called “matriciana” in Roman dialect, is a pasta sauce that takes its name from a village in Lazio not far from Rome, Amatrice. The village was part of Abruzzo until 1927, when the borders of the regions were re-organised and it became part…
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