Carnival “small talk”

The Chiacchiere (“small talk“) are crisp and delicate typical sweets of the Carnival period. They have  different names depending on the region of origin: chiacchiere and lattuge in Lombardy, cenci and donzelle in Tuscany, frappe and sfrappole in Emilia and so on. These are a very crispy sweets, made by frying a simple dough and sprinkling with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. Their […]


Brief History of Cappuccino

As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be? Cassandra Claire   I started drinking Cappuccino when I was quite young – last year in junior high I went with some friends to have breakfast before school and suddenly I felt old enough to order one. My first experience with […]


Trofiette al Pesto

I usually make comparison between my current town and the places where I lived. The comparison I make the most is between Bergen and Genoa. Similarities usually come across my mind when I consider the history of both cities: home to long-lasting seafarer and trade traditions, crucial for the development of countries and still important […]


Saffron tagliolini with zucchini and guanciale

  One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. Virginia Woolf   Ingredients for two people: 200g saffron tagliolini; 1 zucchini; 150g guanciale – kind of bacon; salt & pepper; pecorino or Parmesan cheese – optional. Cook the saffron tagliolini according to the instruction on the box. Brown the guanciale in […]


Pancetta, bacon or guanciale?

I have been talking a lot about the guanciale – a kind of meat that we use a lot in Italy for different kind of dishes – and most of the time I am asked what is the difference between guanciale and bacon. The guanciale is an Italian cured meat that takes its name from guancia – the Italian for cheek. […]


Edelweiss-pasta with chestnuts and porcini mushroom.

 By now autumn is here. In Italy this is the period of the year in which you can find amazing wild mushrooms, tasty chestnuts. We are getting ready to harvest grapes and olives for the new season wines and olive olis. So if the leaves’ changing colors, the warm cup of tea and cozy little […]


Aperitivo – what else?

Of course one should not drink much, but often. – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec When our Norwegian friends come to Italy the first time to visit me they were quite surprise to realize that Italians talk about food continuously – we discuss during breakfast what we are going to eat for lunch; at lunch what we are eating for […]


Winter butterflies “alla carbonara”.

There are many theories for the origin of the name, which may be more recent than the dish itself. Since the name is derived from carbonaro – the Italian word for charcoal burner -, some believe the dish was first made as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. Ingredients for 2 people: 150g guanciale – a special kind […]


Welcome to DaStefano

Winter is coming to rainy Bergen and what’s better than a nice cozy place to warm up while the wind is blowing outside? For those who still don’t know it, it’s possible to find shelter on a corner in Strandgaten 96. DaStefano opened its doors in 2012 bringing Bergen’s city life a wave of real […]