Italian Food

Paola & Pasta - Food Gypsy

Old World Pasta and the Good Life

January 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

A family heirloom that’s traveled from Valdagno Italy, in the province of Vicenza to Ottawa, Canada in the 50’s.  It’s handle was turned by her mother, and her mother before her.  So when my neighbour Paola asked me to help her make...

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Antipasto, Easy Entertaining - Food Gypsy

Easy Entertaining – Antipasto

December 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

Antipasto (plural antipasti), means ‘before the meal’ – the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. The Italian equivalent of saying  “First, we eat this, then we EAT…” The holidays are upon us and along...

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La Bottega Nicastro - Food Gypsy

La Bottega Nicastro – Buon Appetito!

November 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

There is little else that can comfort, soothe and completely quiet; mind, body and soul quite like Italian food. Elegant in its simplicity and selective in its ingredients, Italian is (by far) my favourite food...

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Shelves lined with cookies and coffee paraphernalia and tiny front shop jammed with customers gripping steamy cups of cappuccino, drooling over the pastry display; Simply Biscotti is a must stop in Ottawa’s little Italy....

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