As the official chef for Il Villaggio Cheeses’ parent company ANCO Fine Cheese, Chef Tom Connin uses his 30 years of gourmet experience to make authentic Italian cooking easy for everyone!
What is one thing most people don’t know about Italian cooking?
That it is based in simple techniques using fresh ingredients-many people find the diversity of regional flavors intimidating.
How different are the cooking styles in different regions of Italy?
Cooking styles are generally similar but the diversity in regional ingredients is broad.
What’s the most underrated Italian cheese and why?
Pecorino Romana-lesser known but also the “romano” cheese in US is not representative of true product
What is the most important part of authentic Italian pizza?
To me, unquestionably the crust.
What is your favorite Italian cheese to grate on a simple pasta dish?
What’s the easiest Italian cheese recipe you can think of?
Bufala Mozzarella with fresh Tomatoes and Balsamic.
What’s your favorite Italian wine and cheese pairing?
Gorgonzola Dolce with Prosecco.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen paired with Italian cheese?
Mostardos – just don’t see them very often.
What is your salad recipe using Italian cheese?
Bufala Mozzarella Salad Caprese.
What is your favorite Italian cheese to use on sandwiches?
What is one thing about Mascarpone most people don’t know?
Not really a cheese – just coagulated milk.