Pizza

Pizza is popular culture’s prevailing symbol of Italy, known with affection in every corner of the world.   Yet outside its home city of Naples Italians only really started eating pizza in the 1950s – before then, if it was known at all, it was for the wrong reasons.   It was in America that…

Olive oil

Olive oil, that most ancient and revered of foods, is experiencing some rocky times in the new world order. In recent weeks the world price for olive oil has sunk to a 10-year low, further deflating prospects for farmers in the (already indebted) historic producer countries of Spain, Italy and Greece.     While Spain…

Ragu/ Spaghetti Bolognese

References to ‘spaghetti Bolognese’ bring a cry of amused repugnance from Italians – evidence of the-world-outside-Italy’s culinary abyss that a much worse version of a traditional meat sauce can become one of the world’s most well-known dinners. For in Italy there’s no dish called spaghetti Bolognese.   Bologna, the city the sauce is named for,…