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Bucatini all'Amatriciana

This is a dish that was developed, named and is still served in Amatrice, over 100 miles from Rome.
It is traditionally made with guanciale, not bacon or pancetta.
Always finished with Pecorino Romano.
There is a hot debate, in Italy, about the use of tomatoes and onions in this recipe.
In Amatrice, they serve it "bianca" or "rossa" - with or without tomatoes - but never with onions.

Many think the dish named pasta alla gricia is the origin of this dish, made with pasta and a sauce made of guanciale and sausages sautéed in olive oil. Then seasoned with freshly ground black pepper, and mixed with Pecorino Romano cheese.

Only the Romans with their clipped dialect call this dish Alla Matriciana

Sep 24, 2007
Clove17402 in Recipes

Celebrate (Some of) Italy!

I have been traveling to Italy since 1978 and have made it my passion to spend quality time in the countrysides of many of the regions.
Last, I spent about a week living in Umbria (Spoleto) and taking day trips throughout the province:
Spello, Montefalco, Deruta, Gubbio, and of course Perugia and Assisi.
I've been in the North (Lombardia,) to the south (Apulia)
I go back every year and experience more about the country; from the food to the wine to the culture. I consider it to be my life's work and love this work!

Sep 24, 2007
Clove17402 in Features

Chef looking for culinary class in Italy

Brilla (the pasta maker) has a restuarant school in Parma and can tailor instruction to your level and interest. Might be worth a look

Sep 18, 2007
Clove17402 in Italy

Any suggestions for Tuscany/Umbria?

All of the replies are spot on. In Tuscana and Umbria (and most of Italy), it is much harder to find a bad meal than a good one.
Most people will tell you about the great food they have eaten all over centeral Italy. You will find very few "bad" stories because there aren't many of them.
Generally speaking, once you are out of the big cities, the only restaurants there are the ones frequented by the locals. Over the years only the good places survive.

Some of my favorites are:

il Coccorone in Montefalco - The food is well prepared with local ingredients and traditional style. The great thing about Montefalco is that it is area where the world renowned Sagrantino grape and wine is grown and made. So you will have great food & great wine. Close to Perugia and worth the trip for a lunch or dinner. Largo Tempestivi +39 0742 379535

il Profeta in Florence - Just off the Arno and one of many great places to have traditional Tuscan food and feel like you are eating with family. Via Borgognissanti, 93 R - 55-212265

Trattoria Omero - typical Tuscan food in the hills just outside of Florence just behind the Piazzale Michelangelo. Via Pian dei Giullari, Arcetri +39 055 220053

Trattoria Sostanza - Serving large "communal" meals in Florence since the mid 1800's.
Large portions, traditional food (tripe, ribollita, etc) served in a unique atmosphere. Via Porcellana 25r - 055-212-691 - near the Borgo Ognissanti end, Near Santa Maria Novella

Sep 18, 2007
Clove17402 in Italy