Florentine Foodie

Osteria Del Calciante

By Allie McKean, Ashleigh Gentile, Carly Marchitto, Taylor Horine, Maria Hanchuck, Sophia Cerchiai As one of the best reviewed Osteria in Florence, Del Calciante gives off an old-fashioned feel as it is dedicated to the Calcio Storico Fiorentino “historical football” – an early form of football (a combination of soccer and rugby) that originated during […]

Handmade Pappardelle With Shredded Wild Boar Ragu and Juniper Berries

Today you’ll have the taste of the wild Italian woods directly on your plate! Pappardelle is a dish that hails from the Tuscan countryside, and its name derives from the verb “pappare,” literally to gobble up, a name that leaves little to the imagination especially once you get them in front of you. Similar to […]

Trattoria Sergio Gozzi

By Nikki Nappi, Allyson Andrews, Maggie DePaoli, Hope Joel Trattoria Sergio Gozzi is a lunch only, family owned, 106-year-old traditional Florentine and Tuscan trattoria located in Piazza San Lorenzo. Despite being in an easy to reach, popular destination, it is not visible right away, the only indication it is there is a small sign above […]

Crespelle alla Fiorentina

The crepe, or crespella as it is called traditionally in Italy, is a very versatile item in the kitchen: it can be used as a first course at a seated meal, a savory street food item, and of course a dessert. Speaking of desserts, some of the most well-known recipes featuring crepes are deserts such […]

Peposo Florentine Beef Stew

The peposo is a traditional Tuscan recipe from the “provincia” (county) of Florence. It’s similar to a stew, but has its distinct differences. The meat is cooked in a full-bodied red wine, usually a local Chianti from the same area, giving it a dark color. Also, a generous use of black pepper is applied, so […]

Contemporary Wienerschnitzel with ginger mayo

The Wiener Würstchen is one of the most iconic dishes from central Europe, so much so that it is the national dish of the country of Austria. And like many other dishes that reach this iconic status, their origin is contentious. Both Austria, Germany, and Italy claim to have invented the plate first. In Italy, […]

Spinach and Fresh Ricotta Soup with Crunchy Bread

Today’s recipe hails from an area in southern Tuscany: Maremma.This unique zone is known for its varied geography: blue sea, long beaches, rolling hills covered with woods, and wild marshes. By now it’s a renowned destination, but it wasn’t always like this. Until the 20th century the area was still wild and inhospitable given the […]

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe (Cheese & Black Pepper)

As easy recipes go, there is no simpler Italian dish to make for yourselves. The grandfather of the american mac and cheese, it’s well known all over italy as one of the most iconic dishes to come out of rome after the carbora. Invented in the working class neighborhoods, it was meant as a dish […]

Bread Pudding with Spinach and Almond

by Riley Hostutler Italian cooks are always making sure nothing goes to waste, and bread pudding is a prime example of that. This desert takes day-old stale bread and turns it into a creamy base with sweet or savory toppings. The recipe began in prehistoric times when medieval bakers used hollowed-out loaves of bread to […]

Frico’ (Traditional Potato, Onion, and Montasio DOP Cake) Served with charred black cabbage, raisins, and pine nut

By Riley Houstler Frico’ (Traditional Potato, Onion, and Montasio DOP Cake) Served with charred black cabbage, raisins, and pine nut Savory creams of cheese and potatoes, paired with the sweet burst of flavor from a raisin, and the seasonal flare of pine nuts make this dish undeniably comforting. With its roots in an impoverished area […]

Trapanese-style pesto with sun-dried and fresh tomato, garlic, almonds, fresh ricotta, and aromatic herbs

By Ryley Houstler These hand-made egg noodles get their name from the Central Italian tool, La Chitarra, better known as “the pasta guitar.” Indeed, it is a guitar. From this tool, we can create thin spaghetti noodles. Doused with savory Trapanese-style pesto that originated in Sicily, this is a cross-cultural Italian dish that offers the […]

Caponata (Eggplant and Tomato Casserole)

By Riley Hostutler Rich in both tradition and flavor, the Caponata serves as Sicily’s most classic appetizer and one of Italy’s most renowned recipes worldwide. However, the recipe is controversial among Sicilians as they boast 37 different varieties of the recipe and many more personal family recipes. There are influences of Greek, French, Arab, and […]

Condiglione Salad

By Riley Hostutler  Tomatoes, peppers, olives, capers, eggs, and tuna served on crackers make this salad a plentiful dish that has fed Italians for years. This blend of summer vegetables has its roots in Western Liguria and has gradually evolved across Italy, becoming a recipe of rich tradition. It tells the tales of Ligurian peasants […]

Homemade Tagliatelle with “Tocco” Genovese and Pecorino Cheese

Today we will discover a lesser known pasta specialty from the Italian culinary tradition. Hailing from Genova, the meat sauce is a Ligurian take on ragu. Rather than ground meat, larger chunks are utilized and later removed to be used for other dishes. This technique was born out of necessity as many families had restricted […]

Beef Tartare with Cured Lard, Rosemary, and Seasonal Vegetables

Tartare may seem daunting at first but it couldn’t be any easier to prepare. You can prepare it at home as an antipasto or entree to impress friends and family (or someone special!) with the wow factor of fine dining. The most important element is to be careful to choose the best ingredients of the […]

Spinach Risotto with Fresh Ricotta and Almonds

This risotto is sure to please not only vegetarian friends you invite to dinner, but any guest who appreciates good food and company! The particular method employed by the Apicius chefs lends an incredibly creamy consistency to the rice and will definitely impress.  Serves 4  For the spinach puree: 100 gr white spring onion, sliced500 […]

Salmon Caesar Salad

This week’s recipe is a delicious twist on the classic Caesar salad. Steamed salmon enriches the overall salad yet keeps it light for a quick meal. You can make the mayo and croutons ahead of time, and use the mayo for other preparations as well! Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 salmon filet, bones and skin removed1 […]

Pan Fried Cuttlefish with Roasted Zucchini and a Sesame Chickpea Puree

Holding on to the last moments of summer? It may already be September but this dish is bound to satisfy your palate through its warm yet seafood-fresh flavors! Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 large cuttlefish (1kg)300g cooked chickpeas1 tbsp of toasted sesame oil4 cloves of garlic4 zucchinis with flowers1 Tropea onionFresh thyme, salt, and pepper to […]

Orecchiette with Guanciale, Florentine Zucchini, and Pecorino

Today’s recipe is one you won’t forget. A star ingredient is guanciale, a fatty cured pork cheek similar to pancetta, as well as aged pecorino. A dish with distinct flavors that are reminiscent of the Italian countryside. Serves 4 Ingredients: 400g orecchiette150g guanciale5 Florentine zucchini100g aged pecorino, grated1 white onion2 cloves of garlic Method: Separate […]

Bottarga Spaghetti with Lemon, Chili, and Breadcrumbs

Looking for a seafood recipe with an extra kick? This recipe is for you! A simple dish packed with great flavors yet easy on the calories. It’s a guaranteed show stealer when you have unexpected guests and need to prepare something in a rush. Serves 4 Ingredients: 400 g spaghetti or pici pasta 120 g flathead […]

Ricotta and Pecorino ravioli served on Zucchini Broth with Raw Zucchini and Pine Nuts

This recipe may sound complicated at first, but this step by step approach will have you appreciating the effort in no time!  Stuffing: 200g fresh ricotta50g aged cheese (either pecorino or parmigiano)Lemon zest, salt, and pepper to taste Place the cheese in a large bowl, then mix in lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Pasta dough: […]

Spicy Chicken and Bell Pepper salad with Manioca Chips

A salad maybe doesn’t seem like a terribly complicated recipe, you dice some produce and toss it in a bowl with some dressing, right? Every once in a while, try preparing a salad with additional touches and care – you’ll be surprised by the results. Today’s recipe is a light yet nutritious dish, perfect even […]

Spaghetti with a 3-Tomato, Basil, and Seafood Ragu

In the mood for an Italian seafood pasta after watching Luca, the latest Pixar film set in Liguria? We have you covered with this dish, which features the best flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean Sea yet is incredibly simple to prepare! Serves 4 Ingredients: 400g chitarra spaghetti200g shrimp, calamari, and white fish2 cloves of […]

Pappa al pomodoro with lemongrass and chili pepper

Today we explore a new version of the traditional Tuscan dish pappa al pomodoro. This simple tomato and bread soup is tweaked in two ways by Apicius chef students and faculty: the soup is served chilled and incorporates Thai ingredients such as lemongrass for an even fresher taste. Serves 4 For the cold soup 2 […]