Cara Quinn & Stefano Follega

Due Spaghetti is our blog on the food, wine and other marvels of Italy. We are Italian expatriates living in the wonderful city of Minneapolis. Our mission is to share our favorite recipes, pairings, and other tips with you, so that you too can have a taste of La Dolce Vita. Ciao! I’m Stefano. I was born and grew up in Rome, where I helped my family tend to our olive groves and make olive oil each year, learned the secrets of homemade cooking from my mother and grandmother, and watched my father and grandfather make wine with grapes grown in the hill towns outside of Rome. Since then, I’ve studied wine formally through the International Sommelier Guild. I love sharing my knowledge of wine with others, especially when accompanied by authentic Italian food. Buon Giorno! I’m Cara. I am from the U.S., but I lived in Rome for 9 years, becoming enamored first with the Eternal City and then with Stefano. I married Stefano, became an Italian citizen, started our family in Rome, and while I was there I learned from family and friends the art of preparing Italian food and of appreciating life Italian style. I unwind in the kitchen, and find pleasure in serving delicious food to friends and family.

Homemade Limoncello

Learn to make this Italian dessert liqueur specialty from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Crostata alla Nutella

Crostata alla Nutella celebrates the richness and sweetness of the famous hazelnut spread. This is a recipe for both children and adults to enjoy.


Orange Panna Cotta with Pistachios

Panna Cotta is an Italian classic and has many variations. This version with an orange sauce and Sicilian Bronte pistachios, evokes flavors of South Italy.