Simple Italian Dishes

Simple Italian Dishes

Simple Italian Dishes

One of the first dishes I remember learning how to make was simple, easy and a few ingredients.

Aglio, olio e peperoncino. Yum! I love it so.

This dish was my dinner, sometimes lunch when I was just starting out in Florence. The great part about this dish is it doesn’t take a lot of time.

First, cut up the garlic (aglio) really fine.

Then put the garlic in the pan with about a tablespoon of oil, maybe more.

Add the red pepper flakes(peperoncino) as spicy as you want it.

Saute for a few minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant. Be sure to watch it so it doesn’t burn. My husband always burns it.

Toss the garlic and red pepper flake sauce with your favorite spaghetti and then add some grated parmigiano reggiano cheese and MANGIA!

Insalata mista (mixed salad) is why love to simplify my salads. We put a lot of crap on our salads, way too much. Try this.

Toss your favorite lettuce with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes(pomodori), cucumber(cetriolo), salt and pepper. THAT’S IT. Simple. Healthy. Italian.

If you want to add something, add tuna, chickpeas(ceci), or some mozzarella cheese. But that is all. So good and so simple.

For meat lovers, my husband has a great way to cook any type of meat.

Little olive oil in the pan, add the meat(chicken, beef, pork). Saute to your preferred temperature. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper and pour the oil from the pan onto your piece of meat.

Simple. Delicious.

Enjoy these simple recipes.

Buon Appetito! 

Want to try more delicious dishes in Tuscany? Come with me to Tuscany in June 6-13th for our Tuscany Yoga Retreat.  There is only one spot left!  We will indulge ourselves in all the typical and authentic dishes of the region.

Christmas in Florence Retreat about Art and Culture will be December 14-19 2020. There will be yoga, meditation and exploring the wonderful city of Florence.

Our Seaside Retreat is almost full, we will be in Ostuni, Italy (the heel of the boot). September 4-11 2021. There are early-bird discounts for both Florence and Ostuni. Check out the links to get more info.

A presto,


Authentic Tuscan Dishes

Authentic Tuscan Dishes

Authentic Tuscan Dishes

Crostini Toscani

One of the most famous antipasti in Tuscany is crostini (toasted bread) with fegatino. Fegatino is a chicken liver sauce spread over a warm crostino. I know chicken liver is not everyone’s favorite, wasn’t mine either, but it became a staple in my diet when I was a resident in Florence. The most delicious crostino to have in Tuscany. At least give it a try.



‘Pan’ is short for pane(bread) and ‘zanella’ is an old italian name for bowl. A refreshing bread salad in the heat of summer which seems filling but it isn’t. It gives you enough energy to get through the hot afternoon when the temperature could reach 115 degrees F. Day old Tuscan bread is soaked in water and then squeezed out of the bread so it crumbles out of your hands. Add in cipolla rossa(red onion), pomodori(tomates), salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar. So fresh, so light!


Pappa al Pomodoro

A simple Tuscan Bread soup made with day old Tuscan bread, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil leaves. It can be eaten in winter or summer. This soup can be served hot, room temperature or chilled. So fulfilling and great eaten with more bread to dip with. 


Bistecca alla Fiorentina

My husband’s absolute favorite piece of meat is Bistecca alla Fiorentina. IN the states we could refer to it as the Porterhouse or T-Bone steak. But this particular piece of meat is A LOT thicker. Florentine T-Bone steak is taken from the loin of young calf and has a fillet on one side and sirloin on the other. It is normally 3-4 cm high (3- 4 fingers high) and weighs about 1.5 – 2 kg (3 – 4 lbs). The special cow to get this steak from is called Chianina. 


Lamprodotto Sandwich

This is a famous and popular local delicacy. One of the first food trucks I ever saw was in Florence, serving lamprodotto and the line went on forever. Lamprodotto is the fourth stomach of the cow which is cooked in broth and served with a spicy salsa verde. I have eaten this. It is suprisingly good. Give this one a try if it scares you. The scariest things usually turn out to be the best things.


Want to try more delicious dishes in Tuscany? Come with me to Tuscany in June 6-13th for our Self Love Yoga Retreat. We will indulge ourselves in all the typical and authentic dishes of the region.

A presto, Kate 

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