Schiacciata alla Fiorentina

There is no Carnival celebration in Florence without the Schiacciata alla Fiorentina!  This traditional cake, scented with orange and vanilla and dusted with confectioner sugar is typically served during Carnival season.  Every pastry shop in Florence has its own well guarded recipe…

Frittelle di Riso – Rice Fritters

This is the kind of comfort food that brings me back to my early years.  I recall coming back home from school or a playdate, walking in and smelling the delicious fragrance of my mom cooking these yummy delicacies.  She used to…

“Italian Latkes” with Sweet Potatoes

A fantastic winter holiday dish! A blend of Jewish tradition (latkes), American (sweet potatoes) and Italian (mascarpone and Nutella, anyone…) seamlessly blended into one dish.  The latkes are sweet and crunchy, with a holiday-spice kick! Make sure not to overwhelm them with…

Rocca di Cioccolato – Chocolate Cake

    Surprise your loved one by making this “indulgent” dessert. The most requested dessert at my restaurant and catered events!  It’s dark, luscious, explosive with flavor and when you put the fork inside, it oozes melted chocolate!!  What more do you…