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Frank Occhino’s Pizza Capricciosa

Frank Occhino’s Pizza Capricciosa

Frank’s Pizza Capricciosa is all about bringing friends and family together with great flavors. With smoked ham, juicy artichokes, and zesty olives, it’s a recipe for smiles all around your dinner table. Grab your ingredients and let’s make pizza magic happen!

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Summer Nostalgia: What Italians are eating to beat the summer heat

Summer Nostalgia: What Italians are eating to beat the summer heat

When I think of Italian summer, I think of long hazy days at sea, lounging under our favorite striped umbrellas, island hopping from north to south, and taking a much-needed break from the chaotic rhymes and emotions of life. But in traditional Italian fashion, no season or holiday is complete without a few recipes that symbolize the occasion. From seasonal tomatoes and peaches to freshly caught clams and simple cocktails, we couldn’t live without some iconic and nostalgic summer recipes that make the heat just that more bearable. 

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The best beach clubs along the Amalfi Coast

The best beach clubs along the Amalfi Coast

A summer in Italy isn't officially summer if you aren't lounging underneath a beach umbrella on a beach chair. There is something that continues to allure us year after year to La Costiera Amalfitana, the Amalfi Coast, despite the increasing prices and nearly unbearable crowds. It’s the magical, cliffside terrain, glamorous seaside lounging, and al fresco lunches that draws us closer each year round. If you’re looking to splurge and live your Italian summer to the fullest, discover some of our favorite beach clubs along the Amalfi Coast. 

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Homesteading Series: How to Start Composting at Home

Homesteading Series: How to Start Composting at Home

Once you know, you can never go back… to poor soil quality, that is!  A gardener’s prize is rich, loamy soil that holds the perfect amount of moisture and nutrients to grow incredible edible plants.  How do we achieve this amazing soil, you ask?  Compost! Compost is a superpowered garden amendment with the ability to reduce waste, enrich the soil and increase moisture-retaining organic matter. 

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Rita's Kitchen: Mediterranean Baked Cod

Rita's Kitchen: Mediterranean Baked Cod

An (almost) one-pan meal that packs oh so much flavor. The cod cooks on top of a bed of par-boiled potatoes, cherry tomatoes, fennel, shallots, olives, capers, and herbs de Provence, and everything simmers away with a little white wine and olive oil to create a lush pan sauce you’ll want to drink. Easy, light, fresh, delicious. 

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Paulina: The (May) Update

Paulina: The (May) Update

We hope this blog finds you soaking up the joy and simplicity of life, just like Paulina, the charming baby water buffalo we adopted in Paestum, Campania almost 2 months ago. (Full story here)

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Hidden Gems and Seaside Villages of the Mediterranean

Hidden Gems and Seaside Villages of the Mediterranean

...And so, perhaps it is time to give a break to the usual  world-famous destinations and favour the off-the-beaten-track gems which the Mediterranean is thankfully still full of. As temperatures start to rise, and summer plans are forged, discerning travellers who seek authenticity and an escape from the maddening crowds can look no further. Here is a list of some slightly more secret gems that dot the coastlines and make for the perfect summer getaway in the Med. 

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Italy’s Must-Try Cold Coffees

Italy’s Must-Try Cold Coffees

At first glance, the only morning breakfast beverage permitted in Italy is steamingly hot in temperature and smooth and sweet in flavor. But when the warmer months roll around, and temperatures begin to soar past no return, many Italians and bars swap their morning shots of espresso and cups of frothy cappuccinos for colder, varied options that even the pickiest coffee snob would enjoy.

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Rita's Kitchen: Ricotta Meatballs with Rosemary Tomato Sauce

Rita's Kitchen: Ricotta Meatballs with Rosemary Tomato Sauce

Today, I’m sharing perhaps my favorite variation: ricotta meatballs. They are so moist (I said it!), tender, juicy, and delicious. I serve them in a rosemary-spiked sauce which just adds a jolt of unexpected freshness, and some toasted bread. Maybe some greens on the side. The result is a dish that truly tastes like something you’d get at a restaurant but actually comes together in about 30-ish minutes.

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Summer holidays in Ischia

Summer holidays in Ischia

Growing up, I had heard of this mysterious island, as my immigrant grandparents would spend most of the 1970s going to the "other island of Capri" that no American could pronounce, but I had never dipped my toes until being adopted into my partner's big Neapolitan family last summer...

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Homesteading Series: How to choose plants for your first garden

Homesteading Series: How to choose plants for your first garden

 How to choose plants for your first gardenStarting your first garden can be an exciting and daunting experience.  Perhaps you chose your garden site and prepared the soil already and now you are left looking at an empty space, full of anticipation and confusion about what, exactly, to plant.  Have...

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We adopted a baby water buffalo!

We adopted a baby water buffalo!

So, as you guys all probably know by now, we have a Water Buffalo drawing on our packaging. It’s the Gratsi mascot, and more specifically, an Italian water buffalo, which is responsible for what? You guessed it right (or probably wrong) the creamy delight known as buffalo mozzarella that makes the taste buds dance…

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