Archive for December, 2010

Best of Scordo.com 2010: Italian Recipes, Food, Products, and Advice,

Best of Scordo.com 2010: Italian Recipes, Food, Products, and Advice,

  (photo: The Scordo.com World Cup flag; unfortunately, we didn’t have a reason to bring it out this past World Cup) I wanted to wish our loyal Scordo.com readers a Happy New Year and Buon Anno! and also list our top ten articles of the year.  We posted over 200 articles this year but the following stories were deemed most [...]

Guide to Antipasto: Italian Appetizers that Come Before the Meal

Guide to Antipasto: Italian Appetizers that Come Before the Meal

What is Antipasto and What Does it Include - Guide to Antipasto: Italian Appetizers that Come Before the Meal Antipasto literally means “before the meal” and varies from province to province in Italy.  Similar to French hors d’oeuvres or Spanish tapas, antipasto is a combination of small bites of tasty food, usually accompanied by wine (see our wine basics guide) or beer [...]

Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs with Peas and Rice

Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs with Peas and Rice

We’ve been on a chicken thigh kick in the Scordo household and we recently prepared a pan simmered lemon thyme chicken thigh recipe that was easy and tasty.  Here’s the quick how to:

Easy Espresso at Home: MyPressi Twist Review

Easy Espresso at Home: MyPressi Twist Review

  (photo: very good crema and taste profile, including notes of chocolate and hazelnut with very little bitterness)  When it comes to making great food at home you have two options in my view; namely, 1. try and replicate the same process that takes place in great restaurant kitchens irregardless of time, money, ingredients, and skill and 2. buy the best, and most available, ingredients [...]

Scordo Pasta Challenge – Eliche Casarecce

Scordo Pasta Challenge – Eliche Casarecce

Spiral pasta gets a bad rap in the United States as the pasta shape is often used in generic, and deli type, “pasta salad” dishes.  Generally, the pasta is overcooked, mushy, and devoid of flavor.

Auguri di Buon Natale – Merry Christmas

Auguri di Buon Natale – Merry Christmas

  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Auguri di Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!   Cheers, Vince from Scordo.com

11 Italian Themed Gift Ideas

11 Italian Themed Gift Ideas

If you’ve waited until now to buy your special somebody a gift for the holidays then you’re probably in a little bit of a jam.  Just think, you have no idea what to get him or her, will need to contend with traffic and super cranky shoppers, and are probably a little stressed overall. In order to provide you with [...]

An Italian Christmas: Traditional Italian Holiday Foods

An Italian Christmas: Traditional Italian Holiday Foods

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re celebrating an “Italian Christmas” then you’ve most likely heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  The traditional Christmas Eve dinner is steeped in folk tradition and as Maria Laurino writing for the NY Times has said, the ritual varies from region to region, including the number and type of fish served. [...]

Sfalassà Bridge in Bagnara Calabra: One of the Tallest Bridges in the World

Sfalassà Bridge in Bagnara Calabra: One of the Tallest Bridges in the World

Tucked neatly in the upper left hand corner of the above photo is the Sfalassa Bridge in Bagnara Calabra, Calabria.  The Sfalassa Bridge crosses both the Lucanian and Calabrian Apennines mountain range in southern Italy and is part of the the Autostrada Napoli-Reggio Calabria or A3 highway. As HighestBridges.com writes: With dozens of tunnels and towering bridges, it is a showcase of Italian [...]

Torrone Recipe

Torrone Recipe

Torrone (literally translated as “big tower”) is a sweet nougat or confection and is usually comprised of honey, vanilla (at times orange), sugar, egg white, and toasted almonds or other nuts.  Torrone is made throughout Europe, but the regions of Cremona (in northern Italy) and Bagnara Calabra in Calabria are well known for the product, especially hard torrone. The candies [...]