It’s impossible to picture Italy without conjuring up images of its delicious cuisine—steaming pastas, savoury herbal pestos, delicate branzino and of course, spongy and fragrant tiramisu, all washed down with an espresso and paired with a wine that brings the right contrast and accompaniment to the flavours of your meal.
The bright colours of a puttanesca sauce, Nebbiolo Barolo wine, oranges, olives, parma ham and cheese are enough to make your mouth water. And the aroma and warmth of an Italian kitchen is so inviting that it’s no wonder amateur chefs from all over the world gravitate towards Sicilian, Neopolitan, or Tuscan cuisines.
Of course, traditional Italian dishes can be very time-consuming to prepare and require attention to detail. They are not necessarily difficult, but let’s be honest, making pasta can be painstaking— so it is helpful to have a guide to inspire you.
If you want to dip your toes into Italian cuisine, or if you are salivating at the thought or perfecting your pizza, the best inspiration comes from other home cooks. Amateur chefs’ blogs offer excellent guidance from hungry folks who found inspiration in Italian cuisine. The following writers share their recipes, step-by-step instructions, and their personal journeys into becoming self-taught experts.
We’ve gathered a list of Top Italian Food Bloggers you need to follow (if you haven’t already) to start your make your kitchen authentically Italian.
1) An Italian In My Kitchen
Let’s kick off with Rosemary Molloy’s An Italian in my Kitchen. Originally from Toronto, Rosemary has been passionate about Italian cooking since 1989, when she took her first trip to Rome. There, she discovered a love of ravioli, pancetta—and even peas, a vegetable she had grown up hating. Rosemary had had a comfortable finance career in Toronto when she decided to trade in the stocks and bonds for home made chicken stock —and she left her previous lifestyle behind to move to Italy.
Nearly 30 years later, she has shared her love affair with Italian cooking on Italian in my Kitchen. “The thing I remember the most” she says, “about my entrance into Italy is of course the food. My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and some friends sure know how to cook, I learned so much and tasted some of the best food I have ever had in my life.”
Scroll through the pages of IIMK and you’ll find links to some of her favourite recipes, like the Perfect Pizza Dough or Easy Yoghurt Cake.
Geared towards Italian classics and desserts, IIMK offers a convenient guide for cooks of all levels, IIMK is broken down into several key sections: Desserts, Pasta & Lasagna, Tiramisu Recipes, and Meal in 30 Minutes or Less.
If you are venturing into Italian cuisine for the first time, or if you simply don’t have the time to do a deep dive, An Italian in my Kitchen is the perfect place to start.
Pastabites, published by an Italian living in London, brings Italy’s most famous comfort food to the comparatively cold and humid United Kingdom. Home chefs who have a love affair with carbs, or foodies looking for new restaurants to try in London, look no further.
But Pastabites is about so much more than just spaghetti and penne alla vodka. Pastabites explores desserts, refreshing breakfast ideas, and restaurant reviews. The most frequently used tags on the website include chocolate, Michelin, Coffee, and London.
Pastabites’ recipe for Blood Orange and Raspberry marshmallows is the perfect example of the blog’s marriage between Italy and the UK. A recipe for a traditional British dessert flavoured with Italian ingredients appeals to the adventurous expat.
Expats in London will find Pastabites chock full of local recommendations for Italian restaurants, events, and cooking classes. The reviews of Michelin Starred Restaurant Story in Tower Hill and MasterChef Pop Up Dinners leave only one thing to be desired: an opportunity to try these dishes for yourself.
3) Ciao Italia
Written by Mary Ann Esposito, Ciao Italia is one of the best-known blogs written by an adopted Italian. MaryAnn Esposito Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and the author of 13 cookbooks—all specialising in the famous and less well known flavours of Tuscany, Puglia, Liguria, and Napoli.
Esposito’s TV program is now heading into its 30th year, making it the longest running program on Italian cooking. And the blog does not disappoint. A perfect companion to the TV show, Ciao Italia is organised by Season so you can cook along with the show.
Episode by episode, you can join Esposito as she makes her way through beginner recipes such as Oven roasted Potatoes to the hard-to-perfect Lobster Ravioli. Each blog post is accompanied by a video clip of Mary Ann Esposito guiding her followers through each recipe. Her friendly demeanour and welcoming kitchen will tickle your taste buds and take away the intimidation of trying new things.
Other under the radar classics, like the perfect-for-summer Polenta Cake, are not to be missed.
4) Divina Cucina
For those already somewhat familiar with Italian cuisine, and those who have a particular fondness for Tuscany in particular, readers will find themselves at home in Judy Witts Francini’s Divina Cucina.
A Californian transplant to Florence, Judy Witts bought a one-way ticket to Europe at the age of 30, and embarked on a journey through France and Italy—exploring each country’s kitchens and wineries until she, in her own words, “fell in love with Florence, and later, a Florentine”.
As Judy built her life in Italy, she began blogging about the Tuscan cuisine that helped her fall in love with
Part recipe index and part Tuscan tour guide, Divine Cucina offers an immersive experience to the casual reader, but especially suited to anyone planning a dinner party. The blog is broken down into categories by the courses of a typical Tuscan meal: antipasto, first plate, main dish, desserts… all to help the home cook prepare a meal that will enchant their family and dinner guests. Just in time for spring, the Easter Torta Pasquallina recipe will be a hit at your next brunch or family gathering.
Buona Pasqua and Buon Apetito!
5) Foodie Girl
Are you an Italian cuisine expert, wine afficionado, or fluent Italian speaker? Look no further than Foodie Girl’s guide to Italian food, lifestyle, and travel. A lifelong traveler and adventurer herself, blogger Veronica Geraci works for the Museum of Turin — where she often gets to channel her love for her home country’s food, culture, and traditions.
Exploring Foodie Girl, you will find Geraci’s perspective on how to make the most of Italian living—from restaurant reviews to recipes. Geraci will walk you through “My City”, her hometown of Turin, and invite the reader to share her experiences with famous chef Yannick Alleno.
But at the end of the day, the food is the centre of the story, and the recipes “the protagonists”, as Geraci says. “if I have to choose [a favourite] , the pappa al pomodoro is my favourite one. I also love panzanella and paté di fegatini.”
The recipes section of her blog will delight the reader with the inviting, mouthwatering photography that marks each blog post.Sweet recipes like Caramelised Figs (Fichi Caramellati) or the to-die-for Goat’s Cheese Gazpacho (Gazpacho con Formaggio di Capra) will have you in the kitchen by February and practising these summery recipes.
6) Italia Outdoors
Italia Outdoors takes to the streets, where Italian culture really comes alive. Travel is the best way to truly experience a culture, as you immerse yourself in a country’s sights, sounds, and smells. Italia Outdoors was written with this kind of adventurer in mind.
Italia Outdoors offers Custom Guided Tours through different parts of the country—and one can tour on foot, by bicycle, or skiing. Travelers can bike the Prosecco Road through Treviso or Veneto, sipping a little bubbly from the regions’ bottegas along the way.
The Food and Wine section is organised by region—from Tuscany to Liguria and Umbria to Piedmont, you will cover the home regions of Parma Ham, focaccia, Norcia black truffles, and gnocchi.
7) Cooking with Manuela
Manuela was born and raised in Venice, Italy and moved on to raise her family near Venice, California. Deeply attached to the Venetian cuisine she grew up with, Manuela shares her story of how she brought Italy to the USA, and readers can follow along with her easy-to-follow recipes.
Manuela shares recipes for breakfast, entrees, and desserts—making it easy for aspiring chefs to eat Italian around the clock. A brioche rolls cake is perfectly accompanied by a piping hot espresso made with Lavazza coffee. Tartines with goat cheese make for a perfect afternoon snack. And just in time for dinner, Manuela’s Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Mascarpone was one of her most popular recipes for 2018.
8) Pinch of Italy
If you are as big a fan of hearty Tuscan recipes as we are, look no further than Pinch of Italy. Focused heavily on pasta, Pinch of Italy invites the reader to try Tuscan classics like putannesca, gnocchi sorrentina, and Tuscan tomato bread soup.
Written by a blogger who goes simply by Atty, Pinch of Italy offers a literal and sentimental taste of Atty’s life “Under the Tuscan Sun’’ with his wife Miry and their cat, Pippy. Atty takes the reader through traditional recipes, conjuring images of savoury San Marzano tomatoes and rich carbonara.
His recipes take the reader through a multi-course meal, as the recipe index sections off into primer plati (appetizers) all the way through dolce (desserts). Not to be missed is Atty’s take on the classic Tiramisu.
9) Solo Dolce
If the way to one’s heart is through the stomach, Solo Dolce will inject a little extra sweetness into your life. Dedicated to, you guessed it, desserts, this blog takes the star baker and amateur sugar addict through a delectable collection of dessert recipes from all over Italy.
Originally from Sicily, writer Anna Maria is a biologist turned amateur chef who uses science and a passion for desserts to create beautiful recipes that delight her family. “For me food has two main aspects, one sensorial the other is practical. When we eat something delicious we may think about our childhood or a person or a place, the taste of that food getting to our brain determines that feelings. While, when we prepare a dish we have to think about the elements of the dish, the proportions, and the temperature for cooking, all very practical questions.” Aside from the tried and true tiramisu, Anna Maria highlights less sugary desserts and offbeat choices like
Sbriciolata and Sable Cake and Biancomangiare that are sure to delight.
10) What’s Cookin’ Italian Style
As soon as you open this page, your eyes will meet drool-inducing photos of savoury pizzas and rich cocoa mousse. This blog begs the question: What’s cookin’ in your Italian kitchen? Scroll through countless recipes of classics like fried calamari , the experimental blackberry merlot chilled soup, or American interpretations of Tuscan flavours such as pizza flavoured roast chicken and potatoes.
And don’t forget to try her garlic bread, the perfect vessel to taste the quality of your tomato sauce. “Without the bread to dip into the sauce we would have never known if it was lacking something.” What’s Cookin creator Claudia created this blog to focus on family style recipes — perfect for big groups or meal planning. If you are the type of cook who makes one large portion on Sundays and divides it up to eat
throughout the week… or perhaps you are planning a family reunion for a large group of guests… this blog is the perfect resource to heat up your kitchen in a heartbeat.
11) Ciao Chow Linda
Former journalist Linda has a true gift with words that will make you laugh loudly as you tuck into sumptuous Tuscan recipes. Originally from New York, Linda grew up surrounded by the Italian influences that seeped into Manhattan, but she quickly fell in love with the sights and sounds and flavours of the motherland.
So Linda said Ciao to journalism, and began to focus on some real chow – Italian recipes one could chow down on forever. Says Linda, “My Italian heritage is very important to me, and I still have cousins in Emilia Romagna, where my mother was born. I serve on the board of trustees of an Italian Cultural Institution in Princeton, NJ, where I live.”
And when she’s not busy celebrating her culture, Linda is celebrating its flavours. One only has to click on the home page to face mouthwatering and savoury recipes like Linda’s latest, Ragu Bolognese.
Run, don’t walk, to your computer and try some of these yourself!
12) Eating My Way Through Italy
Last but not least, Elizabeth Minchilli asks her readers to eat, pray, and love at the temple of Italian ingredients. Minchilli is yet another in a series of expats relocated to Italy who prove that a love affair with this country, its culture, and its recipes is a love of a lifetime. Minchilli started her life in Italy more than 30 years ago, as a young academic, and has made the Italian kitchen her home.
In her blog, Minchilli shares recipes and recommendations—organised in a neat, photo-forward grid—that invite the reader to explore with their five senses. Minchilli devotes entire sections to restaurant recommendations, guided tours, day trips, a perfect week in Italy, and books.
Based in Rome, she recommends bakeries like Marigold for the perfect baguette, and restaurants like Retrobottega. Her day trip recommendations are equally useful, allowing for travellers to the Rome area to truly explore the region—with plenty of helpful tips and tricks to navigate transportation and manage one’s time.
Minchilli has truly eaten her way through Italy, sharing recipes for Anolini and cheesy cauliflower, peppered with anecdotes that bring the food and her adventures to life. With bright, beautiful photographs that capture how the strong sunshine of regions like Umbria, Minchilli captures the essence of Italy.
Her latest book “The Italian Table: Creating festive meals for family and friends” delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location.
13) She Loves Biscotti
And we love her recipes. Dietician by day and master chef by night, Maria runs She Loves Biscotti to share her love of Italian cooking with a global audience. On her homepage, where Maria features her most recent recipes, you’ll find bold colours and bright lighting that will have you eating with
your eyes and unsure which recipe to try first.
With a special talent for baking, She Loves Biscotti take you through traditional treats both sweet and savoury—from a decadent looking lemon loaf to healthy Orzo Risotto with Peas and Asparagus. But don’t be intimidated by Italian wine biscuits or ricotta pie. Each one of Maria’s blog
posts is accompanied by a beautifully edited video that helps amateur chefs visualize the key steps in preparing each recipes.
It’s particularly beneficial for families who cook together, as Maria’s recipes are meant to be prepared and shared together. The importance of family time during meals is just one of the benefits of the “Italian way of eating. Growing up Italian meant that there was a lot of preparation for these
shared family meals. I can still remember coming home from elementary school… my nonna and mom would be shaping cavatelli on a huge wooden board. My grandmother would be so fast! She would use her index fingers on both hands to shape them! My mom was equally quick, rolling and
cutting the dough. So many fond memories.’’
14) Lee Casazza Cooking
Last but not least, meet Lee Casazza—an accomplished genealogist, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and proud Italian American. Like many Americans, Casazza first fell in love with an Italian (she married her Italian husband in 1967) and shortly after, with his native Tuscany’s recipes and flavours. ‘’I learned cooking from his great grandmother, Teresa Lapetina Greco, his nonna, Elisabetta Greco Noviello, and finally from his mother, Marie Noviello Casazza.
We have traveled many times to Italy and I have several favorite foods from central Italy.’… I love the foods from this region because Tuscan cooking is simple with fresh ingredients, no heavy sauces, or seasonings.’’
Casazza couldn’t choose just one favourite recipe, but when she published Big Mamma’s Italian Cooking as her first book, one of her recipes stands out for exactly the kind of simplicity she admires about Tuscan cuisine: Steak Tagliata. Recipes from her heartier fare include fresh perfectfor-spring dinners like Farfalle with Sausage and Fennel.
Find Lee Casazza at Lee Casazza Cooking or Big Mamma’s Italian.
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