Loading... Please wait...

Blog / Recipes


Everything about Italian culture is romantic, especially the food. So when it comes to preparing a special Valentine’s dinner for two, trust in the Old World tradition of Italian cuisine and its mouthwatering flavors that satisfy the stomach and inspire the heart.


Puccia Bread Chips

Easy to make and elegant to look at, these small bites are crunchy, tender, and creamy—everything you could want in an authentic Italian appetizer.


1 loaf Puccia bread

8 slices of La Quercia speck

7 tablespoons butter

1 handful of parsley for garnish


Place the bread in the freezer for 20 minutes or until semi-frozen. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

With a sharp knife, cut the bread into 8 thin slices. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 2 minutes.

Remove the bread from the oven and let rest a few minutes until crisp.

Soften the butter by whipping it gently until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a piping bag and set aside.

Using the piping bag, apply a decorative dollop of butter across each slice of bread. Then top with a slice of speck. Garnish with parsley and serve right away.

Main Course

Lobster Capellini with Leek-Tarragon Cream Sauce

In this recipe from Food & Wine, classic capellini pasta gets an elegant update with delicious lobster in a light cream sauce flavored with leeks and tarragon.


1 stick unsalted butter

Four large leeks, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

1/3 cup dry white wine

1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon, plus 1/3 cup leaves for garnish

1 cup heavy cream

Salt and freshly ground pepper

One beet, peeled and shredded

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons water

3 lobsters (1-1/2 pounds each)

1 pound capellini


Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan. Add the leeks and cook for five minutes over moderate heat. Stir occasionally and cook until tender. Then add the wine and chopped tarragon, cooking until it reduces, about 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat with the cover partially on, about 10 minutes or until the cream is slightly reduced. With a cake batter spatula, transfer the mixture to a blender and purée until smooth. Return the cream mixture to the saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm and set aside.

In a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter on medium-high heat. Add the shredded beets and cook until tender, about eight minutes, stirring constantly for even cooking. Then add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

Please 2 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the butter melts. Then add the lobster meat and cook until fully heated, about 1 to 2 minutes. Cover with a plate to keep warm and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until barely al dente. Drain the water while reserving 1 cup for later use. Transfer the pasta back to the pot and then add the cream sauce, butter, and reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper and marry the pasta to the sauce until fully emulsified.

Transfer the pasta to large shallow bowls and top with lobster meat. Garnish the dish with shredded beets and tarragon and serve immediately.

Suggesting Wine Pairing:

A fruity Chardonnay with a crisp finish pairs well with the cream sauce and earthy beets.


Espresso with Ice Cream

In this simple dessert drink, espresso and ice cream are combined for a rich and robust sip that is softened with a touch of sweet vanilla flavor.


Lavazza Oro Gold Ground Espresso

Vanilla ice cream

Almond wafers


Make 2 shots of espresso according to the directions of your coffee machine.

Place 2 scoops of ice cream into each espresso cup, then garnish with almond wafers and serve right away.

Roses are red, violets are blue, these recipes are amazing and so are you. To all the sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, buono appetito!

View Comments

Coffee Pairings Around The World

Share this Image On Your Site<p><strong>Please include attribution to SupermarketItaly.com with this graphic.</strong><br /><br /><a href=''><img src='<img src="https://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server3200/02iihx4/product_images/uploaded_images/supermarket-italy-infographic-coffee-pairings-v4.jpg?t=1549476142">' alt='' 540px border='0' /></a></p>Forget wine pairings! With rich, robust flavor from around the world, coffee is the perfect companion to all sorts of bites and plates. Whether it's accompanying a morning cup or post-dinner espresso, it's always [...]

Read More »

Beef Braciole: A Rachael Ray Favorite

A regional dish from southern Italy, Beef Braciole gives classic Italian pantry food a rich and meaty kick. It’s also a family dinner favorite for Rachael Ray, the Food Network star and host of her own daytime talk show. Also included in The Soprano’s Family Cookbook, this recipe comes from her mama’s weekday menu rotation [...]

Read More »

The History of Panettone

The United States has pumpkin pie and Italy has panettone, the quintessential cake for the holidays. Made with a combination of candied fruit and spices, panettone is the Old World version of fruitcake, a special treat that dates back to the Middle Ages. Panettone cake might have a rich and storied history, but its flavor and texture has remained the [...]

Read More »

How to Make Your Home into a Pizzeria

One of the most iconic foods in Italian cuisine, pizza is the glory of the Old World culinary canon. First created in the 16th century, pizza became a beloved staple that was enjoyed by everyone, regardless of social class. The love for pizza quickly spread around the world, owing its universal appeal to a satisfying layer of thin, hand-stretched dough, [...]

Read More »

Italian Wedding Soup

Contrary to what you might think, the origins of Italian wedding soup actually have nothing to do with nuptials, although it is often served as an appetizer at Italian weddings. The name comes from “Minestra Miritata” (marriage soup), an Italian phrase that describes the blissful marriage of hearty greens and rich, savory meat. First enjoyed by the peasants of Southern [...]

Read More »

Essential Guide to Italian Cheese

From Asiago to Taleggio, our A-Z guide includes a comprehensive list of Italian cheese, which can be traced back to ancient Roman times. In recent decades, many Italian cheeses have been given the Protected Designation of Origin status (PDO), which ensures that the cheese is made with local ingredients from designated regions and using traditional methods of production. When it comes [...]

Read More »

Grilled Polenta with Spinach and Cheese

A staple of Italian cuisine, polenta is a simple and easy way to add a touch of gourmet to your typical eggs-and-bacon brunch fare. In this recipe, starchy and satisfying polenta squares are grilled until crisp, and then complemented with a bed of sautéed spinach seasoned with garlic and red pepper. It all comes together with robiola cheese, a well-balanced [...]

Read More »

For the Chocolate Lovers

Creamy, rich, and decadent, chocolate is simply divine. This is a sentiment that’s shared around the world. Everybody loves it, and when there’s a demand, in comes the supply. In the case of cocoa powder, the world’s most cherished export, each country has its own method for perfecting the ancient art of chocolate making. From the ancient civilizations of South [...]

Read More »

Italian Specialties by Region

For gourmands around the world, Italy is the number one destination for experiencing authentic Old World cuisine. From Abruzzo to Veneto, Italy offers a wide range of regional food thanks to a variety of landscapes and climates. For centuries, Italians have relied on natural resources as inspiration for distinctive cuisine in each region. If you can’t make the trip to Italy, [...]

Read More »