Barbecue or BBQ?

Barbecue or BBQ?

If you thought that barbecue was a recent fashion or that it only dated from the last century, you’re mistaken.  Indeed, it appears that its name actually derives from the Spanish word barbacoa, which itself derives from the Caribbean native term barbicù, used by...
T-bone or Fiorentina Steak?

T-bone or Fiorentina Steak?

Are the T-bone and Florentine steak (bistecca alla fiorentina) the same thing? I must confess that I’ve been wondering about this for a long time.  Although I’m Italian, the first time I tried one of these was a T-bone in 1994 in Washington, D.C., in a restaurant in...
Carpaccio, simple and aristocratic

Carpaccio, simple and aristocratic

Carpaccio is an aristocratic dish, possibly because the first person lucky enough to taste it was an aristocrat, Contessa Amalia Nani Mocenigo, in the heart of Venice, in Harry’s Bar, one of the most prestigious hostelries of the area around Saint Mark’s Square. It...