Entries by Dominique Rizzo

Chef Dominique Rizzo’s Top Summer Travel Tips

When I am hosting my Pure Food and Wine tours I need to arrive at my destination refreshed and ready to greet my very important guests with warmth and enthusiasm. Whether it is for a short 2 hour flight to Norfolk Island or the days travel to Europe, there are a few basic rules that […]

Top Travel Tips for the Aeolian Islands

From the beautiful north Sicilian town of Milazzo take the ferry to the stunning Aeolian Island of Salina that enchanted the great Italian actor Massimo Troisi so much so that he set his film “Il Postino” on the island.  When you arrive on Salina you feel instantly relaxed and captivated by the magic of this […]

10 Things we love about Sicilians

1. The best thing about Sicilians is their love of life and the simplicity of a slow lifestyle. There is always time to say hello, to ask how you are, to be hospitable and share some stories in the market place, in the narrow lanes outside their houses, in the town square playing bocce in […]

What’s so special about Sicily anyway?

Is it the food? Is it the people? Is it the culture? Is it the history? Yes it is all of these things in that wonderful interaction of the slow way of Sicilian life where little old nonas (grandmothers) sit outside their front door of the house they have lived in for 50 years; where […]

Cooking classes with a difference in Sicily

Sicily, like many parts of Europe has so many wonderful historic castles that have survived the ravages of invasion and weather for hundreds of years. You may have thought of visiting one or two of these stately castles when in Sicily, but did you ever imagine learning to cook under the guidance of the maestro […]

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New Food Tours with Dominique Rizzo

Dominique Rizzo announces her new range of exclusive gastronomical food, wine, culture and cooking tours in Australia and Europe. Dominique Rizzo shares her passion for Italian food and culture through her picturesque eat-and-discover trips both locally and internationally. These tours are unparalleled due to the personal selection of each dining experience by Dominique. Dominique’s commitment […]

Italian Sausage, white bean and spinach soup

serves 2 Preparation Time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ brown onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced Sprig of rosemary or a good pinch of dried 250g beef sausages coarsely chopped ( choose lean sausages) 2 cups of chicken stock 400g tin of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 x […]

Bruschetta with Parsley & Caper Salad

Bruschetta with Parsley & Caper Salad Makes 1 cup This is a tasty filling that can be used as a dip, pate or stuffed under the skin of chicken before roasting for a bit of a twist. This also makes a great accompaniment to fish, lamb or beef when baking or barbecuing. Why not make […]

Covaccine

Covaccine These are small thin style pizza breads that the Tuscan farmers use to make to test whether their wood fired ovens were hot enough to bake the bread. Unlike most other focaccias or pizze, no oil or salt is added to the bread until after baking. Covaccine is the Tuscan vernacular for Schiacciata a […]