There’s nothing quite like a warm, cheesy slice of pizza after a long day. Whether you’re a basic margherita person or you prefer all the toppings you can fit, there’s bound to be something for you in London. Whether you opt for a convenient chain or a smaller family restaurant, you’re sure to have a…

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Miscusi sashays into London with breezy confidence. There are 12 branches across Italy, in seven cities. Its founder, Alberto Cartasegna, pronounces that this is not just a restaurant: it is a beacon of a new way of dining, of sustainability, of nutritional balance, of regenerative agricultural projects, waltzing towards a future free of plastic, free…

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Italian food is all about good, fresh seasonal ingredients with robust flavours. Like many of you, I’ve not been to Italy for a few years, and I miss the annual truffle and wine trips with fellow chefs and wild-food enthusiasts. I love using ricotta in savoury and sweet dishes. My favourite version of this Italian…

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Eataly has been making waves since their new location opened next to Liverpool Street Station. But rather than the authentic produce or the mozzarella made in store being the focus of the conversation, the prices are what’s got people talking. At the various restaurants, a plate of mushroom tagliatelle is £20, a cheese board is…

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When Hollywood stars get a little more… mature, they often add food and drink ventures to create a “portfolio” career: everyone from George Clooney selling tequila, to Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness recipes, to Stanley Tucci fronting documentaries on Italian food. Drew Barrymore has taken things a stage further: not only has she written her own cookbook,…

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I have a new neighbor who gifted me with a bounty of persimmons. They are not quite ripe, but I’m digging out a couple of favorite recipes in preparation.  I’ll get a recipe or two later from my neighbor, but first let’s talk persimmons. I call them fruit from a self-decorating tree. Look around, this…

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There’s something to crow about when you roast and serve a succulent browned pork loin. Yum! Several years back, pork was dubbed “the other white meat” and its reputation soared. Pork is now the most popular meat in the Western world and Central Europe. Pork is also popular due to its ability to go from…

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On the heels of what I’ve been referring to as my focaccia folly/fiasco I entered the hospital for much-needed hand (right one, of course) surgery. Naturally, that has put quite a crimp in my cooking/writing ability, and I did what every “good” mother would do: I took advantage of my daughter Wendy. Not only relying…

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