About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Granita-Coffee Ice with Whipped Cream


Marcella says that this treat used to be very popular in Italian cafes, but is now rarely found She talks about how it's crystals melt on your tongue. Well, you've got to try this one, because the texture was amazing.

You make stong espresso. One thing I will warn you about is be careful not to make it so strong that it becomes very bitter, like mine did. You then mix in a little sugar, pour it into an ice cube tray, and freeze. When ready to serve, you place the frozen cubes in a food processor and blend away. You end up with this almost dry crystally texture that is so refreshing. Oh, I forgot, before serving you top with a little whipped cream.

I loved the texture of this so much I'm wondering if you will end up with the same texture with citrus juice. Can't wait to try it with lemons and oranges.

My last dessert recipe from the book, and only two more recipes to go. Wow, it's been over a year since we started this project...

Comments (2)


Cindy!! I had my first Caffe Granita con panne in Rome exactly one week ago today! we were in Tazza d'Oro (?) and ordered a Shakerato but they only had the granita. WOW, it was better than a shakerato!!!! Totally got my buzz on and I'm happy Dunkin Donuts downstairs from my office doesn't sell them!!

another great post and thanks again for everything over the past year. You're all amazing!!

Marcella Hazan:

It has been perhaps 20 years since I had granita in a bar in Italy. Mindy was lucky, but it is so easy to make at home, and very good too with citrus juice.

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