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Pizzagaina {Pizza Chiena, Pizza Rustica, Pizza Piena}

Pizzagaina is an Italian-American adaption of the Italian Pizza Piena also widely known as Pizza Rustica. Pizza Chiena is a typical Neapolitan rustic ham, salami and cheese pie prepared during Easter, specifically on Good Friday. Just like Crescia {Pizza Di Pasqua} it’s usually baked on Friday to be eaten the next day. Remember? According to …

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Italian Easter Cheese Bread {Crescia or Pizza Di Pasqua}

This Italian Easter Cheese Bread is called Crescia, Pizza Di Formaggio or Pizza Di Pasqua. But it has nothing to do with a classic Neapolitan pizza you might be thinking of. It looks more like a cake, a savory “panettone” if you will. What is Crescia Al Formaggio? A brioche-like savory bread, enriched with grated …

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is a show stopper. Not only it looks like a real pumpkin but it makes your mouth water just smelling the fragrance of delicious fall flavors: pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate and raisins. The best part? It doesn’t require any special equipment or tedious preparation. In fact, this pumpkin shaped bread is …

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Pizzette – Mini Pizza Bites With Assorted Toppings

Pizzette is one of my favorite finger foods. It’s perfect for any party, family gathering or buffet table. No Italian apperitivo goes without at least one flavor of these! Soft inside,  with golden crust on the outside these bite-size pizzas are total crowd pleasers. Just imagine, how cool is it to taste all those pizza …

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Traditional Focaccia Bread {Focaccia Genovese}

Focaccia is one of the most famous Italian flatbreads. Typical to Liguria and Genoa in particular it’s often called focaccia al olio or Fugassa in Genoese dialect. And I bet, wherever in the world you might be, every time focaccia is mentioned this classic Focaccia generously coated with extra virgin olive oil and large coarse …

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Sfogliatelle {Authentic Recipe Step By Step}

Sfogliatelle Ricce is an iconic Italian pastry originated in Napoli, Campagnia region. Super thin layers of crunchy dough filled with delicious orange and cinnamon flavored ricotta cream. In this recipe for sfogliatelle you’ll find everything you need to make it a success: best tools to use, tips and tricks ans step by step pictures. The …

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Buccellato {Lucca Pastry Ring}

They say “You haven’t been to Lucca if you haven’t tried Buccellato”. That’s just to give you an idea how traditional this pastry is. And in case you’re wondering, Lucca is a small city in Tuscany, located on the Serchio river. Sometimes it’s call a Wall City or Castle City (citta castelo) because of its …

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Pumpkin Pizza With Prosciutto & Gorgonzola Cheese

Are you guys ready to talk PIZZA today? No, it’s NOT a kind of boring pizza you can easily find on the local menu. Pizza with pumpkin is utterly delicious and, as always, it’s full of seasonal flavors. SOO worth trying!! Sweet and flavorful pumpkin paired with slightly salty Italian prosciutto cotto (cooked ham), topped …

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Pagnotta – Italian Round Country Bread

Simple and delicious Italian rustic bread typical of Central Italy but also widely baked in other regions. Very soft and spongy inside with a deep brown crust it’ll conquer you from the first bite. Pagnotta is a perfect fit for soups, bruschetta and of course for a quick bite with a drizzle of extra virgin …

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Homemade Ciabatta Bread {Step by Step}

Wonderfully chewy on the inside, crusty and golden brown on the outside and irresistible big holes, this homemade ciabatta bread is a perfect rustic bread to deep in soups, make bruschetta and sandwiches. Divide it in smaller pieces and make ciabatta rolls for panini! Ciabatta, pronounced [tʃaˈbatta] and in Italian means night slipper. If you’ve …

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