Three Steps to Making a Delicious Bruschetta

April 28th, 2017
Lobster meat with cheese casserole

Bruschetta is traditionally served with toasted baguette.

Bruschetta is a staple antipasto or, starter dish in all Italian cooking.  It’s traditionally served with grilled garlic bread and topped with olive oil and salt. Other variations include sauces, toppings of tomato, other vegetables, cheeses or even meat. Let’s explore three steps you can take to make a delicious bruschetta for your next meal. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheers To Your Health & Italian Cuisine!

April 21st, 2017
Photo of a table top full of fresh vegetables fruit and other healthy foods.

Improve your health with a diet based on fresh Italian cuisine.

Before you twirl your fork into that fresh bowl of pasta and red sauce, take a moment to appreciate the rich culture and heritage behind it. Beyond its delicious flavors and delectable wine pairings, Italian food is good for the soul and the body. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Cheese & Fruit Pairings to Enjoy Outdoors

April 13th, 2017
Italian cuisine Italian cheese

What’s your favorite cheese and fruit combination?

The weather is warming up and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a picnic with your significant other or the whole family. If you love spending time eating outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer, choose from any of these four cheese and fruit pairings for your afternoon snack or dinner time treat. Add a delicious Italian wine for a luxurious experience. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Flavorful Facts About Garlic

April 7th, 2017
herbs and spices

Happy National Garlic Month!

While we celebrate garlic and its role in Italian cuisine every day of the year, we like to take an extra-special moment to celebrate garlic during April, or, National Garlic Month. Aside from adding a delightful flavor to our treasured Italian cuisine recipes, garlic offers a whole host of health benefits. Here are five flavorful facts about garlic to celebrate this momentous month. Read the rest of this entry »

A Guide to Traditional Italian Coffee

March 31st, 2017
Espresso Cup

Have you had your morning coffee yet?

Many different culinary elements are woven throughout countless cultures—chocolate, wine, olive oil, and coffee. Today, we’ll be focusing on the one that gets us up in the morning and keeps us powering through the afternoon, Italian coffee. This delicious element of Italian cuisine is slightly different than the Brazilian roasts that are popular throughout American coffee shops. How is traditional Italian coffee different? Read the rest of this entry »

7 Health Benefits of Olive Oil

March 24th, 2017
Olive oil

How often do you cook with olive oil?

Olive oil is a cornerstone of Italian cuisine and well-loved for its delicious flavor and healthy nature. While most people know that olive oil is good for them, there are many surprising health benefits lurking in a single tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Here are the top 7 health benefits of consuming olive oil in Italian cuisine Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for a Better Tomato Sauce

February 24th, 2017
Italian recipes

What would Italian cuisine be without a good tomato sauce?

One of the delicious common denominators throughout many Italian recipes is tomato sauce. While the ingredient list is short, it can be surprisingly tricky to get the perfect tomato sauce for your weeknight and weekend dinners. Here are some of our favorite tried-and-true tips for a better tomato sauce. Read the rest of this entry »

The History of Focaccia

February 17th, 2017
classic Italian recipes

Foccia is just one of many great Italian styles of bread.

Focaccia bread is one of the most irresistible classic italian recipes. It was first made popular in Italy and then travelled wherever Italian settlers formed communities, all over the world. Focaccia bread is usually flat and relatively plain, which makes it highly versatile. It is often topped with olive oil and herbs or sliced olives traditionally, but there are numerous modern takes on this delicious treat. It goes great with delicious Italian cheese. To learn more about the history of Focaccia, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

How are Champagne and Sparking White Wine Different

February 10th, 2017
sparkling white wine

What’s in that glass? Champagne or sparkling white wine?

While sparkling white wine and champagne both bubble and they have a certain irresistible freshness and trademark “pop” when opened, their differences definitely outweigh their similarities. In fact, there are a few key reasons why sparkling white wine and champagne are fundamentally different. Read on to learn more. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Making Crab Cakes

February 3rd, 2017
Maryland crab cakes

Ever wonder what a perfect Maryland crab cake taste like? Stop by Basta Pasta and find out before trying to make one yourself!

Maryland Crab Cakes are a complete delicacy. Want to know how to make them so you can have tasty and luxurious Maryland Crab Cakes whenever your heart desires? Come by Basta Pasta for crab cake inspiration and then try out these handy tips to make something truly incredible. Read the rest of this entry »