Filippo Trapella

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy (hometown of lasagna and tortellini!), I grew up under the table of my grandmother helping her making fresh pasta for our Sunday feasts with the family. My passion for food stems from my curiosity, which has led me to travel around almost all continents (I still miss Oceania, but I hope to fill that gap soon!). During my trips I discovered the power of food. In my blog philosokitchen.com I write my recipes and my experiences around the world.

Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

Arrabbiata is one of the simplest Roman pasta recipes, and it is so delicious. The secret of Arrabbiata is the balance between the fresh taste of tomatoes and parsley and the spiciness of chili peppers.

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French Lyonnaise Potatoes

Lyonnaise Potatoes is a popular French recipe that is quite easy to prepare. The potatoes are roasted in butter then baked with caramelized onions and finished with fresh herbs. This vegetarian side pairs perfectly with roasted meats and white fish, but also with eggs.

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Spanish Crème Brûlée: Crema Catalana

The Crema Catalana is a classic Spanish dessert often confused with Crème Brûlée. Filled with pastry cream and topped with caramelized sugar, it’s sure to be a favorite.

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Sicilian Sardine Pasta

Sardine pasta is a traditional Sicilian delicacy, and, as usual for many Italian recipes, is the protagonist of a legend and a historical fact. The ingredients of this dish are typical of Sicily but also inspired by the foreign occupations of the island into the centuries. Learn the history of the dish.

Salmoriglio Tuna

The classic souther Italian condiment of lemon juice and oregano, called Salmoriglio, is made directly in the pan and served with the simply seared tuna. Easy and quick!

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Struffoli: A Festive Italian Dessert

Struffoli recipe, along with Babà, “Pastiera”, and “Zeppole di San Giuseppe”, is a classic sweet of the Neapolitan cuisine. Crispy honey balls with a tender heart seasoned with candied fruit, and sugar decorations. In Naples, this is traditionally a Christmas dessert, but in the rest of Italy, these delicious honey balls are a delicacy for all major festivities!

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Saffron Salmon Risotto

Saffron Salmon Risotto blends a plethora of flavors together into a sublime dish. Decadent and delicious, use this one to impress all your friends!

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Italian Beef Cheek Stew

Italian Beef Cheek Stew is a hearty, delicious and traditional dish. The tenderness of the beef cheeks compliments the red wine sauce quite well as the dish comes together.

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