The Roma Blog

Bring On the Comfort Food — Our Favorite Cream Sauces!

Blog Date: 2017-12-11
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Given that we are well into comfort food season (our favorite season of them all ;) ) we're highlighting our favorite cream based sauces to satisfy all your hearty pasta dish cravings this winter. There are few dishes cozier than pasta and tossed in these rich creamy sauces, we can't think of a better December dinner!  Here are our favorite recipes, tell us yours on ... MORE

Italian Hot Chocolate - From Scratch!

Blog Date: 2017-12-06
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! If you've ever ordered hot chocolate while in Italy, you might have been surprised by what you received.  Unlike traditional American hot chocolate, Italian cioccolato caldo is very thick and rich, almost like actual melted down chocolate.  It's any chocolate lover's dream and today we're breaking it down for you so you can whip up your own cozy ... MORE

A Closer Look at the Italian Slow Food Movement

Blog Date: 2017-12-02
Author: aflorian
​ Buonasera! In the spirit of maintaining a healthy holiday season, we're taking a closer look today at a very interesting and important health-inspired movement that originated in Italy.  If you've never heard of it, this amazing organization is called Slow Food, aptly named to oppose fast food and industrial food production.  Today we're going to find out what it ... MORE

The Capa di Roma Tomato Guide!

Blog Date: 2017-11-30
Author: aflorian
Buonasera tutti! Ever wonder which tomatoes to use with what recipe? Or what the differences are between all the types?  We're here tonight giving you our guide to all these questions! Let's get to it! HEIRLOOMS - Available in a wide variety of size, color and flavor, these have the most "classic" tomato taste.  Bonus: these guys cannot contain any ... MORE

3 Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season!

Blog Date: 2017-11-26
Author: aflorian
​ Buongiorno! With Thanksgiving behind us, it officially feels like the holiday season is in full swing.  For us, that definitely translates into eating lots more delicious food, gathering with family, and maybe even feeling a little holiday stress that comes with shopping and preparing for the big days ahead.  Today we wanted to share our tips on how to stay healthy and happy ... MORE

Our Turkey Tips — For a Perfectly Baked Thanksgiving Turkey!

Blog Date: 2017-11-20
Author: aflorian
Buonasera! Your Thanksgiving preparations may be well under way by now, but today we're sharing with you our top tips for getting that turkey baked to perfection.  We've made plenty turkey mistakes over the years and we're here to make sure your holiday goes smoothly and without a hitch! Read on to hear our Capa turkey tips! Choose the right turkey for your needs. ... MORE

7 Thanksgiving Side Dishes With Balsamic Vinegar

Blog Date: 2017-11-17
Author: aflorian
Buonasera tutti! In honor of our famous balsamic vinegar being back in stock (woohoo!) we've put together a list of seven side dishes for Thanksgiving that use this awesome ingredient! Balsamic vinegar can add a lot to vegetable sides and salads and there are a number of ways to get creative with it too!  Maybe you're still looking for some Thanksgiving cooking inspiration, so ... MORE

5 Wines To Go With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Blog Date: 2017-11-13
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, you may be thinking about which wine to serve that pairs well with the wide range of food that will be found on your table!  Today we're bringing you our five favorite wines for Turkey Day and why they'll make the perfect addition to your table. 1. Pinot Noir - Lighter reds like Pinot Noir pair very well with ... MORE

Our Three Red Sauce Staples For Any Pasta Dish!

Blog Date: 2017-11-09
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Craving pasta but undecided on which sauce to make with it? We're bringing you our three favorite red sauces in today's post so your cravings never have to go unsatisfied!  Recipe by recipe we have our favorite amatriciana, arrabbiata and bolognese sauces.  Buon appetito! Amatriciana - Named for the Italian town, Amatrice, this sauce is classic, spicy and ... MORE

Risotto Milanese Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-11-06
Author: aflorian
Buonasera!  As far as we're concerned, we're in full comfort food season now.  It's November, there's a chill in the air, and all we can think about are our favorite warm and comforting meals for dinner.  If you've spent some time in Northern Italy, specifically in Milan, you may be familiar with a very traditional dish that is risotto milanese. ... MORE

Health Benefits of Parsley

Blog Date: 2017-11-01
Author: aflorian
Buonasera tutti! A long friend of the Italian cuisine, parsley appears in a number of dishes and packs a powerful, health-boosting punch too! Today we're taking a peek at all the lovely benefits that parsley offers us and why it's often referred to as a superfood! It'll give your immune system a boost!  We just wrote a post about foods that benefits our immune ... MORE

Homemade Tomato Bisque

Blog Date: 2017-10-27
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! We don't know about you, but we've definitely started incorporating more and more soups into our days lately! It's feeling like fall out here and nothing warms you up quite like a warm cup of soup! One of our favorites is tomato bisque from scratch. See one of our previous posts for more info on all the health benefits of tomatoes and join us as we whip up this ... MORE

6 Immune Boosting Foods

Blog Date: 2017-10-24
Author: aflorian
​ Buongiorno, As we're getting further into fall now, you might have already caught a cold or started to feel a little stuffy from the change of season.  We thought this is a perfect time to gather our favorite immune boosting foods to incorporate in the kitchen for an extra kick of health.  There are loads of foods you can eat to help build up your immune system and these ... MORE

Make Your Own Nutella!

Blog Date: 2017-10-20
Author: aflorian
Buonasera! This is a newer recipe for us, but we wanted to try and make our own homemade Nutella from fresh ingredients! Serious question: who doesn't love Nutella?! The creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread is a favorite and can be eaten by the spoonful or spread over just about anything.  Once we master this one, the options are endless! What you'll need: 1 cup ... MORE

Amaretti Cookies for the Holidays!

Blog Date: 2017-10-15
Author: aflorian
Buonasera! We're already thinking about the different holiday desserts we'd like to prepare for the upcoming season, and amaretti are always a safe choice! These traditional, Italian almond cookies are delicate and light, while packed with intense flavor and are super simple to whip up.  This recipe will make about 30 cookies. 2 1/2 cups of almond flour 1 tsp. almond ... MORE

The Perfect Spinach Lasagna

Blog Date: 2017-10-11
Author: aflorian
Buonasera a tutti! Tonight we're making spinach lasagna, a perfect family dish and a great alternative to meat lasagna for those trying to incorporate more vegetables or avoid meat.  This recipe takes about two hours to make from start to finish and yields 12 servings. What you'll need: 20 lasagna noodles 2 tbsp. evoo 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped 1 cup ... MORE

Wines to Try This Fall (and what to pair with them!)

Blog Date: 2017-10-08
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! It feels officially like fall here, and we're transitioning our dishes to fit with the season! One of the most fun ways to get in the spirit of any new season is to try some different wines!  Today we're looking at which wines work best with all things autumn and we're giving you some pairing options too to get the most out of them! Reds — Light to ... MORE

Why Choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Blog Date: 2017-10-05
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! Do you know the reason why extra virgin olive oil is a better choice than regular olive oil? Today we wanted to explain this to you and highlight one of our best selling items— our extra virgin olive oil and why it's a great choice for our health (and taste buds)!  EVOO is the highest quality olive oil that you can buy and is considered an unrefined oil. ... MORE

Butternut Squash Benefits

Blog Date: 2017-10-02
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Now that we're getting into October and the weather is getting a little crisper out there, we can start incorporating one of our favorite foods—butternut squash! This rich and sweet root vegetable is found in so many different dishes and is great for our health.  In today's post we're highlighting some of the main health benefits on butternut ... MORE

Olive Bread - (from scratch!)

Blog Date: 2017-09-28
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno, Tonight we're making olive bread, one of our favorites! We are crazy about olives and if you are too, you've found the right recipe! Olive bread is a flavorful, creative twist on the usual plain bread, and makes a great side to your dinner or a yummy snack on its own.  Our recipe is for the oven too, so no bread maker needed! (bonus!)  This whole recipe will ... MORE

The Best Amatriciana Sauce

Blog Date: 2017-09-20
Author: aflorian
Buonasera! Named after the Italian town, Amatrice, Amatriciana sauce is a classic Italian spicy red sauce traditionally made with guanciale (cured pork cheek), black pepper and/or red pepper flakes and pecorino cheese. Needless to say, it's a sauce packed with flavor and today we're sharing our recipe with you!   What you'll need: 28 oz. can of whole peeled ... MORE

Frutti di Mare Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-09-06
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno tutti! This one is for anyone who can't get enough of seafood! In any seaside Italian city, you will find a frutti di mare dish on the menu.  It's usually with a base of spaghetti or linguine, and filled with a mixture of tasty, fresh seafood like scallops, clams, mussels, and shrimp.  This dish is a bit more complicated since there are several ingredients, but ... MORE

5 Must-See Places In Rome

Blog Date: 2017-09-02
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! Rome is one of the biggest travel destinations in Italy, and possibly the world.  There is so much history and beauty oozing out of every inch of the city, and there's certainly not a shortage of activities.  Today we're bringing you our top five favorite places and things to do in this ancient city.  So as they say, "When in Rome, do as the Romans ... MORE

Creamy Pesto Sauce Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-08-30
Author: aflorian
Buonngiorno! We all love a great, home made pesto sauce (we've even already given you our recipe), but what about ading a creamy twist on this popular favorite?  With a little cream, pesto sauce can take on a whole new flavor, perfect for when you want to switch it up!  This recipe makes enough for two servings of pasta. What you'll need: 1/2 lb. pasta of your ... MORE

5 Reasons to add sage to your next meal!

Blog Date: 2017-08-27
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! A classic Italian herb found in a number of Mediterranean dishes is sage! A "sister herb" of rosemary, sage is a woody herb with some outstanding health benefits.  It has been used for thousands of years for a number of reasons including healing snakebites, protecting people from evil, and boosting fertility in women.  Today we're laying out the five ... MORE

Authentic Panna Cotta Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-08-22
Author: aflorian
Buonasera! Today we have a little something for your sweet tooth — an authentic panna cotta recipe! If you've ever had homemade panna cotta, you'll know that this traditional Italian custard from the Piedmont region of Italy is rich and always hits the spot.  "Panna cotta" means "cooked cream" in Italian and we'll see why in this recipe! This ... MORE

The Perfect Arrabbiata Sauce

Blog Date: 2017-08-18
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno a tutti! This one is for all the spicy food lovers out there — it's a hot arrabbiata sauce! For those that don't know, "arrabbiata" means "angry" which in this case refers to the spiciness of the sauce.  This is a pretty easy sauce to throw together, and it's super flavorful so it's a great option for the next time you're ... MORE

6 Things To See and Do in Cinque Terre

Blog Date: 2017-08-15
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! The famous Cinque Terre in the Liguria region of Italy, are a must see.  They are "five lands" or little towns that are beautiful and have even been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Today we're bringing you our list of six things to see and do in this incredible place of the world, and if you don't have plans to go yet, you may be making them ... MORE

A Simple Recipe for Homemade Bread

Blog Date: 2017-08-11
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! We don't know about you, but we are serious bread lovers here at Capa! One thing that is always amazing to have is warm, homemade bread! And the good news is: it doesn't have to be difficult to make! In this recipe all you need is two loaf pans, but you can also make bread even more easily in a bread maker.  So if you're a newbie at bread-making, ... MORE

An Added Benefit: Squid Ink Pasta!

Blog Date: 2017-08-08
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! The other night, we wanted to spice things up and found a package of fresh, squid ink pasta at a gourmet supermarket.  We whipped up a seafood red sauce and the pasta added a boost of extra flavor.  After a little investigating, it also added some great benefits!  Today we're taking a look at what those benefits are! Rich in antioxidants - which can be ... MORE

7 Dishes To Make With Fresh Figs

Blog Date: 2017-08-01
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! We don't know about you, but we are just mad about figs.  Here in the U.S., figs tend to be easiest to find and ripest in August and early September.  One of our favorite foods to eat is just plain, fresh figs (particuarly black mission figs), but for those desiring to do something a little more creative, there are numerous ways to incorporate this rich little ... MORE

5 Things To See and Do in Venice

Blog Date: 2017-07-31
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Summer is still in full swing and maybe you have plans to take a beautiful trip to Italy!  We wanted to put together a couple travel posts of cool places to see and things to do in a few major Italian cities you might be visiting.  Venice is definitely on the list of places we love, so today we're bringing you five points of interest if this beautiful city is in your ... MORE

The Perfect Caesar Dressing

Blog Date: 2017-07-27
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! We have the best recipe for making your own caesar salad dressing at home! It has intense flavor, and all the creaminess you expect in a caesar, that you sometimes can't find from a restaurant.  Honestly, after finding this recipe, we can never go back to store bought caesar again, as it's so fresh and additive free!    This recipe makes enough for ... MORE

A Basic Cheese Guide

Blog Date: 2017-07-18
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! If you've ever walked through the cheese display at a supermarket and felt overwhelmed, we are here for you! Today we're walking you through a little basic guide to understand the differences across all the fresh, aged, and creamy cheeses out there! Gruyère - Made from cow's milk and it's creamy and a bit sharp.  Similar to swiss cheese, it can ... MORE

Simple Italian Marinade for Steak

Blog Date: 2017-07-15
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! Today we have a DIY marinade for your next steak dinner with all Italian flavors and herbs.  A great marinade is one thing you definitely don't have to buy from the store and it tastes even better when it's made from fresh ingredients.  This recipe is perfect for about 1-2 pounds of steak. What you'll need: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil - try using ... MORE

Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-07-10
Author: aflorian
Let's be honest, is anyone ever not in the mood for amazing risotto? We could have it every night of the week! Today we are cooking up a classic and creamy mushroom risotto.  Risotto is not the quickest meal to whip up, but its flavor makes it all work it in the end.  This recipe will take about an hour to make and yields about 6 servings. What you'll need: 1 1/2 cups ... MORE

Some Facts About Olives!

Blog Date: 2017-07-06
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! We've recently stumbled across some interesting information about olives, and thought it might apppeal to those antipasto lovers out there! There are so many different varieties of olives and they've been a part of our diet for thousands of years!  There's a reason why they play such an important role in the Mediterranean diet and we're curious about what ... MORE

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

Blog Date: 2017-07-02
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Bell peppers are a tasty and colorful addition to tons of dishes, in both raw and cooked form.  Often a staple in Italian recipes, bell peppers pack a powerful health punch too! Let's take a look at some of their lovely health benefits! Bell peppers... are a great source of vitamin E! Vitamin E helps keep the hair skin and nails healthy and youthful. contain ... MORE

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Blog Date: 2017-06-28
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! This side dish is a fixture on the menus of most trendy restaurants right now, and that's because they don't disappoint! Considering we have a delicious balsamic vinegar of our own to work with, we thought we'd bring you a recipe for brussels sprouts that's perfect for the season.  It's a very flavorful side dish and maybe a different way to prepare ... MORE

Cotoletta Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-06-22
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! One of the most classic Milanese dishes is the cotoletta.  Typically made with veal, but often with chicken as well, the cotoletta is a family favorite and is a pretty simple dish to whip up.  We're walking you through the traditional recipe and steps for this typical dish of Milan. What you'll need: 4 chicken or veal cutlets 1 cup seasoned italian ... MORE

7 Reasons to Add an Onion to Your Next Dish!

Blog Date: 2017-06-21
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! We toss a chopped onion into a number of dishes at Roma Restaurant, and besides their powerful and delicious flavor, they are great for your health too! An onion can add so much to an otherwise basic dish, and now there are seven extra reasons to do so.  Let's take a look at some health benefits: Onions... have been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory. ... MORE

A Classic Meat Sauce

Blog Date: 2017-06-17
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Today's dish is a very basic sauce, but a classic and loved one by all— meat sauce.  Spaghetti and meat sauce is a traditional, staple meal, but there are ways you can perfect this rich sauce by using high quality ingredients and taking an extra minute to prepare it with care.  In our opinion, this is a perfect dish for any time of the year and for the whole ... MORE

Three Italian Cocktails to Whip Up at Your Next Party!

Blog Date: 2017-06-12
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Today we're bringing you three simple recipes for a few of our refreshing, Italian favorites!  We're whipping up bellinis, negronis, and rossinis today, and showing you how easy it can be to make one up at home too! Perfect for a poolside party, or a summer gathering, these drinks will add a cool touch to any upcoming occassion. Bellini Ingredients:  4 ... MORE

Make Your Own Sun Dried Tomatoes!

Blog Date: 2017-06-06
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! Who doesn't love sun dried tomatoes?! You can pop them on a sandwich, add them to a pasta dish, lay them out with olives and cold cuts for a nice antipasto dish, or just eat them plain!  But have you ever made them yourself?  Today we're showing you how and you may never buy them again!  What you'll need: 8 lbs. fresh, ripe Roma tomatoes 2 ... MORE

3 Must-See Places In Italy This Summer

Blog Date: 2017-06-02
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Now that it's finally starting to feel like summer out, you may be planning your upcoming vacation! If you are planning on a trip to Europe this summer, we thought we'd suggest a few of our all-time favorite places to see in beautiful Italy that you could pop by!  Italy in the summer is really a sight to see and there are a few places in particular that are unlike ... MORE

The Best Wine and Cheese Pairings!

Blog Date: 2017-05-29
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! As you may be entertaining a little more frequently with this warmer weather, we have an informative, basic guide of wine and cheese pairings to try.  As most of us already know, wine and cheese make the perfect pair!  Tannin, acidity, and texture are just a few of the qualities to consider in finding a good match of wine and cheese, but today we're laying out the ... MORE

Pasta alla Carbonara Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-05-25
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Pasta alla carbonara is a traditional dish from Rome, typically make with spaghetti.  It is definitely an indulgent dish, but it can be whipped up in minutes and will satisfy that creamy craving when you have it.  Let's get cooking! What you'll need: 1 lb. spaghetti 3 eggs 1 garlic clove, minced 1 cup grated pecorino cheese 1/2 lb. pancetta 1 ... MORE

Garlic - a potent and healthy food!

Blog Date: 2017-05-20
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Garlic is found in just about every delicious Italian dish, usually as one of the primary ingredients.  There is a lot of research about the medicinal and health qualities of this potent food, and as garlic lovers ourselves, we thought we delve right into it! It is well documented that major civilization like the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Romans, Greeks, and Chinese ... MORE

We're Making Pizzelle!

Blog Date: 2017-05-16
Author: aflorian
One of the most common Italian cookies is pizzelle! They are light, thin cookies made traditionally with anise and are definitely a crowd pleaser! To make these cookies, you will need a special iron in the shape of the print of the cookie, which can cost around $40-$50 on Amazon.  This is definitely a fun recipe you'll want to do over and over and it's pretty simple too. This ... MORE

Health Benefits of White Wine and Champagne

Blog Date: 2017-05-11
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! We wrote a little while back about the health benefits of red wine, so we thought we'd bring you a little more information on whites and sparkling wines too!  Like anything else, moderation is key, but there are some great health benefits from the occasional glass of white wine.   Like red wine, white wine contains flavanoids with strong antioxidant ... MORE

Kalamata Olive Tapenade Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-05-06
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Today we are bringing you an awesome recipe for a flavorful olive tapenade, a perfect appetizer for a summer gathering or just your next family dinner.  Served over toasted french bread, this delicious spread hits the spot! What you'll need: 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 3 cloves of garlic 2 tbsp. chopped parsley 2 tbsp. capers 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive ... MORE

Italian Coffees 101

Blog Date: 2017-05-04
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno, coffee lovers! There are quite a few Italian coffee drinks out there and at one point or another, you may have wondered how each is made and what the difference is between them. Many of the classic Italian coffees are just different proportions of milk and coffee, so you can play around with all the ingredients at home until you find your perfect mix! Whether you're ... MORE

Summer Drink Recipe — Aperol Spritz!

Blog Date: 2017-04-29
Author: aflorian
Buogniorno! As it's finally warming up here, we thought we'd bring you the recipe for the classic Italian cocktail, the Aperol Spritz.  If you go anywhere in Italy and order a "spritz," you'll get this bright, summertime cocktail that just feels like summer.  The great news is you can prepare this seasonal favorite in your home in about 5 minutes! ... MORE

Almond Biscotti Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-04-25
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno amici! As you probably already know, biscotti are a delicious and traditional italian cookie that is typically enjoyed with coffee or a decadent cappuccino! Today we are bringing you a recipe that we love for almond biscotti from scratch that won't disappoint! This recipe will make about 25 cookies and will take about 30 minutes in prep time and 1 hour and 20 mins to ... MORE

Wine and Food Pairing 101

Blog Date: 2017-04-20
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Today we are exploring the basics of wine and food pairing for those of you who are not sure where to start! We're breaking it down by wine type and outlining which foods pair best with each. Light, Dry White - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Gruner V. green veggies roasted veggies fish carbs Sweet White - Riesling, Chenin Blanc, ... MORE

Ricotta Filling/Cannoli Dip Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-04-17
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno tutti! Today we are whipping up that deliiicious ricotta filling found in cannoli and ricotta cake.  Another popular way to incorporate this filling is by presenting it as a dip that you can dip cookies into. (We could eat it with a spoon too!)  What you'll need: 15 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese, strained 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/3 cup chocolate ... MORE

Oregano — 5 Health Benefits!

Blog Date: 2017-04-14
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! A classic herb found in the Italian cuisine (and many others) is oregano.  But did you know all the beautiful health benefits there are in this little herb too?  Today we're delving into the health power of this special little herb. Antifungal and antimicrobial - Two phytochemicals found in oregano called carvacol and thymol are strong antimicrobial organic ... MORE

Four Simple Appetizer Ideas

Blog Date: 2017-04-10
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! In the spirit of spring and this lovely warm weather coming in, we're giving you a few ideas for different, simple appetizers to enjoy for your next party! You might have some fun events coming up in your social calendar going into spring, so we thought we'd provide a few options for snacks and mini dishes you can prepare easily. 1. Caprese Salad - on sticks or in ... MORE

Pour Yourself a Cup - The Health Benefits of Espresso and Coffee

Blog Date: 2017-04-05
Author: aflorian
  Italian espresso is one of the best coffees in the world, but is it good for you?  If you're like a lot of people, you may feel like you need that cup of coffee or cappuccino in the morning to get moving, so today we are looking at the positive side.  Here are some health benefits of espresso! Coffee is high in antioxidants and therefore cancer fighting! The ... MORE

Tiramisu From Scratch!

Blog Date: 2017-04-02
Author: aflorian
Today we are whipping up the Italian classic dessert, tiramisu! For such a famous sweet, tiramisu is not too difficult to make so we are breaking it all down for you here. This recipe will make about 8 servings. What you'll need: 8 in. square baking dish 2 packages of lady finger cookies (try to find a high quality brand!) 6 egg yolks 1 lb. mascarpone cheese 3/4 cup white ... MORE

8 Reasons to Enjoy More Rosemary

Blog Date: 2017-03-26
Author: aflorian
  Rosemary is an herb found in a number of cuisines but has a very special and prominent place in Italian dishes.  Beyond its delicious flavor, it has a bunch of health benefits that may even inspire you to add a little extra to your next dish!  You can also use rosemary essential oil and apply it to the skin (with a carrier oil like jojoba) in order to reap many of the benefits ... MORE

10 Minute Recipe: Garlic Bread!

Blog Date: 2017-03-22
Author: aflorian
We're indulging tonight and you're invited. We deserve it! ;)  It's the never disappointing side dish/appetizer that's too easy not to make: garlic bread! Today we have a 5 ingredient, 10 minute recipe to deliciousness so let's break it down. What you'll need: one loaf of crusty Italian bread 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons ... MORE

The Home of Balsamic Vinegar: Modena

Blog Date: 2017-03-17
Author: aflorian
One of our favorite ingredients here at Capa di Roma is balsamic vinegar.  We already know that there are a number of ways to enjoy it, but we seldom think about where it's from.  There's no higher quality balsamic vinegar than one imported from this historical Italian city, so let's get to know Modena a bit! Modena is found in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern ... MORE

Health Benefits of Basil!

Blog Date: 2017-03-13
Author: aflorian
Ciao ciao! Basil is a very prominent ingredient in Italian cuisine and in addition to adding some rich flavor to your dish, it has many health benefits as well!  Our beloved basil... is rich in Vitamin K, which builds strong bones and helps to prevent heart disease.  has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and have been shown to fight harmful bacteria, ... MORE

5 Pizzas For the Meat Lover

Blog Date: 2017-03-09
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno a tutti! There are infinite pizza topping combinations to try and if you're anything like us, you need a little taste of them all! With our Capa di Roma pizza sauce as base, there are endless pizzas to be made! Today we are catering these recipes to all the meat lovers out there!  We have a few basic meat topped pizzas and a couple off the beaten path options as ... MORE

4 Reasons to Enjoy a Glass of Red Wine Tonight

Blog Date: 2017-03-04
Author: aflorian
As if we needed another reason to have a glass of wine.   As many of us may know, in moderation, there are some awesome health benefits to extract from red wine as it even has a place in the Mediterranean Diet. Though the suggested amount for reaping the following benefits varies based on several factors, the general amount for women is no more than 5 fluid ounces per day and for men ... MORE

Homemade Tortellini Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-02-27
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno tutti! Today we have a recipe for you that's not necessarily the quickest dish to whip up, but it's a classic dish and there's nothing like it when made from scratch — tortellini!  Making pasta from scratch like this is a really fun activity if you've never done it, and is well worth the effort! We are showing you how to make cheese tortellini today ... MORE

3 Easy Vinaigrette Salad Dressings

Blog Date: 2017-02-22
Author: aflorian
Now that we've established olive oil's role in the famous Mediterranean Diet, we thought we could bring you a few super easy vinaigrette salad dressing recipes.  If you haven't already made this change to your diet, a great place to make a healthy substitution is with your salad dressing.  Creamy, heavy dressings like ranch are filled with not-so-great-for-you ... MORE

4 Reasons to Swap Out Butter For Olive Oil

Blog Date: 2017-02-16
Author: aflorian
Hi everyone! In keeping with the theme of the Mediterranean Diet from our previous couple posts, today we're highlighting the benefits of olive oil! Olive oil has often been regarding as the cornerstone of the Mediterranean Diet, and has some pretty amazing health qualities.  Obviously you don't want to overdo it with any fats or oils, but olive oil has a lot to offer, adn ... MORE

8 Health Benefits of Tomatoes!

Blog Date: 2017-02-13
Author: aflorian
It's no secret that we are big fans of tomatoes here at Capa di Roma.  We even import our plum tomatoes from Italy for our sauces.  Whether you consider them a fruit or vegetable, we can all agree that they are great for you and tasty too! Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and other anioxidants.  These qualities make it a powerful cancer-fighting food! The ... MORE

Shifting Towards The Mediterranean Diet

Blog Date: 2017-02-09
Author: aflorian
As a kind of supplement to our last post about the guidelines and health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, we're outlining in this post some easy substitutions and tricks you can incorporate into your existing diet to improve your overall health and wellbeing.  There are several simple subsitutions that pack a big punch, so try one out for yourself! Replace butter with with ... MORE

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

Blog Date: 2017-02-04
Author: aflorian
Italy has a reputation for having some of the best food in the world.  Several other Mediterranean countries have fantastic cuisine as well, yet the average person in these countries manages to stay slimmer and healthier than many Americans.  The Mediterranean diet is a topic that has been studied and written about at length, and even regarded as the healthiest diet. ... MORE

Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-01-29
Author: aflorian
The perfect pasta indulgence: fettuccine alfredo.  This creamy sauce ALWAYS hits the spot and the best part is, it takes no time to whip up!   This recipe yields about 6 servings. What you'll need: 10 oz. fettuccine fresh chopped parsley 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated pinch of black pepper 1/2 tsp. salt Step 1: Cook ... MORE

Sausage and Peppers

Blog Date: 2017-01-24
Author: aflorian
Sausage and peppers are a classic at any Italian family gathering.  It's also a pretty simle dish to whip up for dinner.  With a good quality sausage, this is a really tasty and easy dinner idea. This recipe will make about 8 servings. What you'll need: 8 links of sweet Italian sausage 1 large green bell pepper 1 large red bell pepper 1 yellow ... MORE

Potato Gnocchi From Scratch!

Blog Date: 2017-01-19
Author: aflorian
Tonight on the menu: fresh potato gnocchi! Everyone loves this hearty dish and it's another really simple dinner to whip up.  We're breaking it down from start to finish today for you so get ready for some deliciousness! This recipe makes 3-4 servings. What you'll need: 3 large baking potatoes 1 large egg pinch of salt 2 cups all purpose, unbleached ... MORE

Fresh Bruschetta Recipe

Blog Date: 2017-01-14
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! Who doesn't love a fresh, light appetizer like bruschetta? It's simple to throw together and always a favorite.  We even make a dinner out of it sometimes because it's just so tasty.  Bruschetta is a great appetizer for a family dinner or the next gathering you are hosting, so today we are sharing our recipe that yields about 8 sevings! What you'll ... MORE

Pesto Sauce From Scratch!

Blog Date: 2017-01-10
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno tutti! This is a really fun recipe and maybe something you haven't tried before, but there's nothing quite like fresh pesto sauce!  This can sound like a daunting task if you've never tried it, but there's not actually too much involved in making your own pesto sauce the good old fashioned way, and it really pays off! There are so many things you can do with ... MORE

An Easy + Light Dinner — Shrimp Scampi

Blog Date: 2017-01-05
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno! Shrimp scampi is a crowd pleaser, and even better, it's pretty easy to prepare!  In today's post, we're sharing a great recipe for this dish that's also a lighter dinner option for yourself and the family.  This recipe will make about 4 servings. Let's get cooking!  What you'll need: 1 lb. jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined 1 lb. ... MORE

Baked Ziti

Blog Date: 2017-01-02
Author: aflorian
Hi everyone! Today we have a favorite at any Italian family gathering and that is the cheesy and delicious baked ziti! Baked ziti does not have to be so difficult to prepare, and this recipe will make about 12 servings so it's another great option for a family dinner.  Let's start cooking! What You'll Need: 2 jars of Capa di Roma marinara sauce 3 tablespoons Capa ... MORE

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Blog Date: 2016-12-28
Author: aflorian
Tonight on the menu: classic eggplant parmesan! A good eggplant parm can be just the satisfying dinner you're looking for so we are offering up our scrumptious recipe today. This recipe will make about 10 servings, so it's perfect for a family dinner with some leftovers for tomorrow night! What you'll need: 3 jars of Capa di Roma marianara sauce 3 medium sized eggplant, ... MORE

5 Facts About Where We're From: Salerno, Italy

Blog Date: 2016-12-22
Author: aflorian
We're taking a little break from our usual recipe today to explain a little bit about where we're from! In order to understand the authenticity of our products and ingredients, we thought you could get to know us and Salerno a little bit better.  First, a little backround on us: It all started with Grandmother’s Old World pasta sauce recipe and a ... MORE

Italian Meatball Recipe

Blog Date: 2016-12-19
Author: aflorian
One of the best things to cover in delicious red sauce? Italian meatballs of course!! Here's our recipe for rich and flavorful meatballs! What you'll need: 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated 1 1/2 tbsp. Capa di Roma Olive Oil 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/2 tsp. salt 1 clove garlic, minced 1 egg 1/2 tbsp. parsley 1 jar Capa di Roma ... MORE

How To Make A Hearty Bolognese Sauce

Blog Date: 2016-12-15
Author: aflorian
Today we're bringing you a hearty, lovely Bolognese sauce for your next pasta dish.  With a base of Capa di Roma sauce, you can't go wrong with this easy dish!  What you'll need: 1 1/2 jars of Capa di Roma Marinara Sauce 1/4 cup Capa di Roma Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 lb. ground beef 1 carrot chopped 1 celery stalk chopped 1 onion chopped 1 ... MORE

Three Pizzas To Try On Pizza Night!

Blog Date: 2016-12-11
Author: aflorian
Today we have three different pizza recipes for you to try on your next pizza night! (Which, if you're anything like us, is likely coming up soon ;) ) In this post, we are featuring the classic Italian Capricciosa, Ortolana, and Napoletana pizzas. For all of these lovely pizzas, our Capa di Roma pizza sauce makes the tastiest base for all of your ingredients! If you choose to make ... MORE

Italian Herb Dipping Oil Recipe For Bread

Blog Date: 2016-12-08
Author: aflorian
Ciao tutti! Today we have a classic (and super simple) recipe for a flavorful, herbed dipping oil for bread. I don't know about you, but the bread and dipping oil is my favorite part of the meal when out to eat at an Italian restaurant, so why not throw this easy dip together at home to enjoy any day? Let's get to it! What you'll need: 2 cups Capa di Roma Extra Virgin ... MORE

5 Ways To Enjoy Balsamic Vinegar

Blog Date: 2016-12-04
Author: aflorian
In addition to our selection of sauces here at Capa di Roma, we have a rich and delicious aged balsamic vinegar that we import from the birthplace of balsamic vinegar: Modena, Italy!   There are a number of ways you can incorporate and enjoy balasamic vinegar in your kitchen, and we're here to give you some scrumptious suggestions! But first, here are a few facts about our aged ... MORE

Penne alla Vodka Recipe!

Blog Date: 2016-11-30
Author: aflorian
Who doesn't love a great pasta dish? We certainly do. :) Today we have a simple and delicious recipe for penne alla vodka! And as always, we are using our signature Capa di Roma Marinara Sauce and olive oil to get that authentic Italian flavor! If you're looking for an easy to prepare dinner for yourself and the family, you've come to the right place! What you'll ... MORE

Holiday Side Dish — Stuffed Mushrooms, Italian Style!

Blog Date: 2016-11-23
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno tutti! Holiday season is in full swing! For all the family gatherings you will be attending and hosting this season, we wanted to give you a nice side dish to prepare. We came up with this stuffed mushrooms recipe (done Italian style, of course), so let's get cookin'! What you'll need: 1 jar of Capa di Roma Fresh Basil Sauce 12 large portabella ... MORE

Homestyle Cheesy Lasagna Recipe!

Blog Date: 2016-11-17
Author: aflorian
Buonasera tutti! Tonight on the menu is a rich and cheesy homestyle lasagna! We are going to be using the newest addition to the Capa di Roma sauces: the Three Cheese Sauce!  There's never a limit on cheesy goodness in our kitchen, so our lasagna is no exception.  If you've worked up an appetite today for a delicious, savory dinner, you've come to the right ... MORE

Comfort Food Recipe- Stuffed Peppers

Blog Date: 2016-11-10
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno!!  It's getting to be that time of year when we just want to get snuggled up and cozy at home and indulge in our favorite comfort foods. A staple in any Italian household is a great recipe for stuffed peppers!  This is a lighter, healthier meal to satisfy that comfort food craving! So let's get to it! Prep and cook time: 2 hours What you'll ... MORE

Pizza Night! Pizza Margherita Recipe

Blog Date: 2016-11-07
Author: aflorian
Pizza margherita is a staple for any pizza lover! The red of the tomato sauce, the white of the mozzarella cheese, and the green of the basil leaves make up the colors of (one very delicious) Italian flag.  This classic pizza can be found anywhere in Italy, and now, in your very own kitchen.  The one perfect ingredient that you were missing up till now? Capa di Roma Pizza Sauce of ... MORE