Handkerchief Pasta with Spring Veggies
Silk Handkerchiefs, the Queen of Fresh Pasta -
Evan Kleiman

Silk Handkerchief pasta or in the Genovese dialect Mandilli de Sea (Seta in Italian) are lovely floppy casual folds of delicate eggy fresh pasta draped on a plate.  They are also the easiest and quickest fresh pasta to make at home.  If you want to taste a template of how ...read more

Matzo Lasagna for Passover
Recipe: Matzo Lasagna for Passover aka Tortino di Azzime -
Evan Kleiman

Italian Jewish culinary culture is fascinating.  Not Ashkenazi, not sephardi it's its own mashup of flavors and dishes.  So it isn't surprising that Italian Jews actually figured out a way to enjoy pasta during Passover.  Like pretty much everything Italians do, their matzo is prettier than ours, often round and ...read more

Fried Baby Artichokes
Artichokes Jewish Style – Carciofi alla Giudia -
Evan Kleiman

If you've been to Rome the chances are you've meandered to the ghetto to eat Carciofi alla Giudia the emblematic fried artichokes of the Jewish community there.  Somehow they manage to combine several  opposing elements in one simple dish. They are meaty and vegetal, crisp and yielding, subtle and sharp ...read more

Pantelleria for Pinterest -
Evan Kleiman

Sometimes the most powerful takeaway from traveling is visual inspiration.  Pantelleria was loaded with it.  Here's just a taste.