EASTER PIE 🌸 PASTIERA

The other day I posted a picture on FB of my 2020 Easter (pandemic) pie. My cousin commented that my Aunt Rosie, who passed away last year, didn’t leave him the recipe for her fantastic easter pie. When I lived in New York, Easter prep would include a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx…

TASTE OF TRIESTE: WILD GARLIC RISOTTO

With Spring coming early this year, the farmers’ markets are already selling the local erbe spontanee (spontaneous herbs a.k.a. wild edibles) like bladder campion silene vulgaris, wild asparagus, dandelion and aglio orsino = wild garlic (the Italian name means “Bear Garlic” because, apparently, bears waking from their hibernation tend to eat it in huge quantities). I…

ROSA DI GORIZIA

Ode to the Rosa di Gorizia courtesy of Rosenbar Restaurant   In the dead of winter, when all else struggles to bloom, the Rosa di Gorizia is the first “flower” to appear in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.  I’m talking about a local variety of red radicchio (Cichorium intybus) that has been cultivated in and…

TASTE OF TRIESTE: TARTARA DI BOVINO

Walking around Trieste, you will notice that many butcher shops have signs advertising the availability of steak tartare on Fridays and Saturdays. This struck me as unusual in more ways than one; having grown up in an Italian-American family, Fridays was rigorously a “no meat” day in the Catholic practice of self-discipline and penance. And…

FOLKLORE: EL CINCIÙT

One of the things I love about Italy and the Italian language is that there are so many ways to describe emotions… particularly when you feel out of sorts…stranito to mean “feeling a little off”  or “weird” is one of my favorites. Of course, Trieste not only has a word, but a whole character and…

EASTER PIE 🌸 PASTIERA

The other day I posted on FB a picture of my 2020 Easter (pandemic) pie. My cousin commented that when his mom, my Aunt Rosie passed away, he was sad to find that there was no trace of her fantastic easter pie recipe. When I lived in New York, Easter prep would include a trip…

BAR BUFFET DA SIORA ROSA

  Trieste is famous for its “buffets”. No, not the American style, all-you-can-eat self service brunchy buffet you’re thinking of…. In Trieste, buffets are an institution, a legacy from the days under the Austro-Hungarian Empire of which the city is still proud. The buffet is a “democratic” eatery equally loved by workers, students, retirees and ladies…

TASTE OF TRIESTE: TITOLA

My favorite thing about Easter in Trieste is the delicious Titola. A traditional Easter cake that makes its appearance for a brief time right around the holiday, it is wrapped in cellophane and colorful bows. It is as pretty as it is delicious with its colorful easter eggs nestled in the shiny, moist braided dough.…

SURVIVAL GUIDE: CARNEVALE

Carnevale is just around the corner. Store fronts are filled with glittery masks and brightly colored costumes and bakeries are showcasing the typical holiday fried fare consisting of crostoli, bugie ripiene, frittole, castagnole and other goodies! Everywhere you walk, you see the remnants of early celebrations; confetti and streamers scattered and balled up in street…