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The Regions of Italy and How They Taste

Look at the map of Italy and its shape is instantly recognizable - a boot that has stepped into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. Just to make sure it is not going anywhere, that boot is securely fastened to the rest of Europe in the north with the majestic Alps, the tallest mountains on the continent. The Apennine Mountains extend from north to south, creating Italy's spine. Finally, off the tip, or toe, of the Italian boot lie the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, surrounded by the emerald green Mediterranean Sea.  more...

The Cooking of Italy

by Matthew Locricchio

Book Contents


Soups and Salads

  • Rich Meat Broth
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Tomato Salad

Pasta, Pizza, and Polenta

  • Pasta with Spring Vegetables
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pasta Sauce with Bologna
  • Swordfish Pasta, Sicilian Style
  • Pizza Dough
  • Pizza from Naples
  • Instant Polenta
  • Polenta Pie with Sausage and Cheese

Meats and Vegetables

  • Chicken, Hunter's Style
  • Country-Style Pork
  • Asparagus with Parmesan and Butter
  • Green Beans with Tomatoes, Roman Style


  • Chocolate and Walnut Cake
  • Fresh Fruit with Strawberry Glaze

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