Carlotta Conti

Growing up in Emilia Romagna, a region known for Parmesan, Parma ham, lasagna, and filled pasta, a great deal of my childhood was spent in the kitchen with my grandmother and mother.

Even at a very young age, I could see that for them cooking was a passionate expression of their love for their family. While I’m filled with many warm memories of watching them cook, what I remember most is circling the table and watching the stove, waiting for any opportunity I could to steal a taste.

Gurguglione – summer vegetable stew

09

Aug2018
Gurguglione is a typical stew of summer vegetables eaten by the miners of Elba Island. It was mentioned when I visited the Ginevro gallery, that is a magnetite mine near Capoliveri, now closed because of the competition by developing countries. This stew was a typical dish of the miners of Elba ... Read More
09/08/2018Carlotta Conti
polpette melanzane eggplant balls

16

Jul2018
These eggplant balls are perfect for finger food at your next summer party, or as an entrée for any summer meal. Eggplants are at their peak right now, being the sweetest and most delicious they can be during the year. This is the simplified and lighter version of a recipe I ... Read More
16/07/2018Carlotta Conti
insalata polpo octopus salad

07

Jul2018
This is an extremely fresh way to be introduced to octopus. This salad is ideal to be served in a hot summer day, above all if you are back from the beach. Italy has an incredibly wide range of fish and seafood, and as many recipes to cook them. Throughout the country, ... Read More
07/07/2018Carlotta Conti
spaghetti con vongole/clams

29

May2018
When summer approaches, two things cannot be missed on an Italian table: spaghetti with fresh clams and a bottle of chilled dry wine to compliment it. Usually, I love making fresh home-made pasta. However, sometimes stopping for a while, opening a bag of excellent durum wheat spaghetti, and making this simple and ... Read More
29/05/2018Carlotta Conti
Gnocchi with(rocket) arugula pesto  and prawns Gnocchi con pesto di rucola e gamberetti

13

Sep2017
The freshness of arugula is very inviting in the heat of the Italian summer. This is, of course, a variation of the famous “pesto” par excellence”. Arugula is a great source of flavonoids that are believed to have antioxidant properties. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin K, B and ... Read More
13/09/2017Carlotta Conti