The Accidental Hedonist’s Lazy Guide to Italian Food

Way back in 2004, one of the first projects I worked on for Accidental Hedonist was a series of posts dealing with Italian food. My goal with these posts (as with most of the other articles on this here site) was to learn as much as I could until I lost interest or moved on to another topic.

This entry is nothing more than an index of the posts that I deem relevant to the grand topic that is Italian food. As I haven’t looked at these posts in years, several things become apparent. One, many of the posts are cringeworthy. Two, I do need to return to the topic someday in the near future, as there is much I have not covered that I wished to.

Finally, I’m still trying to figure out a way to index the appropriate Italian recipes that I had accomplished over the course of these years. So while I work on that, consider this “guide” a work in progress. Meanwhile, click here if you want a broad account of the various recipes found and made.


  • Abruzzo – The Spicy Italian Region
  • Italian Cuisine: Emilia-Romagna
  • Italian Cuisine: Lazio
  • Liguria: On the Italian Riveria
  • Lombardy – Good food, but oh, the Cheeses
  • Italian Cuisine: The Marches (le Marche)
  • Piedmont
  • Sicily
  • Italian Cuisine: Tuscany
  • Umbria: Hidden Italy



  • Broccoli Soup
  • Brodetto
  • Carabaccia
  • Onion-Pancetta Soup
  • Sardinian Cabbage and Bean Soup
  • Tomato and Bread Soup
  • Tomato-Lentil Soup
  • Water soup
  • Zuppa di Formaggio
  • Zuppa alle Vongole (Tomato/Clam soup)


  • Pandorato


  • Anchovy Sauce
  • Pesto


  • Bagna Cauda


  • Bucatini All’Amatriciana
  • Fettuccine with Fava Beans
  • Fettuccine alla Romana
  • Fusilli alla Toscana
  • Gnocchi Alla Romana
  • Malfatti
  • Onion/Spinach Polenta
  • Orecchiette col Pomodoro e la Ricotta
  • Pasta alle Olive
  • Pasta con sarde
  • Penne alla Bolognese (Bolognese Sauce)
  • Penne with Calamari, Tomato and Olives
  • Penne al Cognac
  • Penne con Suga de Gorgonzola
  • Risi e bisi
  • Ragù di Fegato di Pollo (Meat Sauce Bolognese-style with Chicken Livers)
  • Rigatoni alla Norcina
  • Risotto alla Finocchiona
  • Risotto alla Milanese
  • Sausage Mushroom Risotto
  • Spaghetti con aglio, olio, e peperoncino
  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara
  • Spaghetti con Salsa di Noci
  • Spaghetti Puttanesca
  • Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce


  • Agnolotti Ignudi Al Mascarpone
  • Braciola
  • Braciole di Maiale alla Pizzaiola
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Cipolle Ripiene (Stuffed Onions)
  • Coniglio allo Zafferano (Saffron Rabbit)
  • Coscie di Pollo Ripieni Abruzzeze – Stuffed Chicken Thighs
  • Costoletta alla Milanese
  • Cotechine con Lenticchie
  • Cozze al Limone – Mussels and Lemon
  • Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Fettine di maiale con salsa di capperi
  • Filetti di sogliola in salsa di burro e acciughe
  • Pescatrice al Tartufo con Pancetta
  • Pollo alla Cacciatore (Chicken Cacciatore)
  • Pollo Trifolata
  • Saltimbocca
  • Scaloppini Cu Marsala – Veal Scaloppine with Marsala
  • Scaloppine di Vitello – (Veal Scaloppine)
  • Seppie al Nero (Black Cuttlefish)
  • Tonno alla Marinara


  • Arancini di Riso
  • Cipolle Fritte (Batter Fried Onions)
  • Crocchette Emiliane
  • Frittelle di Ricotta
  • Lenticchie in Umido (Stewed Lentils)
  • Macedonia
  • Spinaci alla Piemonte


  • Attorta
  • Cenci
  • Cotogne in Composta (Quinces in Syrup)
  • Crostata al Limone (Lemon/Ricotta Tart)
  • Fig and Pine Nut Tart
  • Fritelle di Mele (Italian Apple Fritters)
  • Granita al Melone
  • Fior di Mandorla – Almond Honey Cookies
  • Gelato
  • Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce
  • Peach Tiramisu
  • Ricotta Cake
  • Semifreddo al Mascarpone con Ciliege (Mascarpone iced cream with cherries)
  • Torta di Nocciole (Hazelnut Cake)


  • Frittata con Cipolle
  • Sausage Frittata
  • Uova al Piatto alla Parmigiana

General Useful Information

  • Pasta Tips and Hints and other bits of know-how
  • The Shapes of Pasta


  • For the Record…Parmesan Cheese


  • Finocchiona: A Tuscan Salame

Wine and Drink

  • Chianti – The Tuscan Wine
  • How to Order Coffee in Italy
  • Pesche al Vino
  • Roero Arneis – 2004 Bruno Giacosa
  • What is Marsala Wine


  • Cacciatore Etymology and Vegetarians
  • Espresso and Milan
  • Est! Est!! Est!!!
  • Italian Cuisines: Influences
  • Pasta, Macaroni, and Noodles

My Philosophies Regarding Italian Food

  • Fazio’s
  • The Simplicity of an Italian Dish
  • Take THAT Olive Garden!

Usual Disclaimer: This is a work in progress, and will likely always be a work in progress. So if there’s something missing here, I probably have some plans to address that at some point in the future.

Additionally, I am human, which means I make mistakes. If you see something wrong, I would love it if you pointed me in the right direction. Feel free to e-mail me at Kate AT accidentalhedonist DOT com with any tips, hints, or advice you may have.

Rude and insulting e-mails will be deleted without a second thought.