The Artisan of Flavour

Cooking Italian is a craftsman’s labour, the work of an Artisan of Flavour.



Dear reader.

Welcome to The Artisan of Flavour and thanks for visiting. This article will give you a clearer idea of what the purposes of this blog are and what you will find reading its articles.

The guy on the left hand-side (in a fancy yellow tie!) is the person behind the blog: me. I am not always so fashionable, trust me hehe.

My name is Alessandro, I am 32, from Bologna (Italy) and I live in London (UK). I am very passionate about food and wine and of course, cooking. The idea of this blog came to me as I noticed a lack of online resources on proper Italian and Italian-inspired food. I would restate on the word proper as it is the core of this blog.

I do believe in things done properly, especially when it comes to what I eat. I believe in good food, slow food, as Carlo Petrini called it in back in the ’80s. Food created from the raw natural ingredients and prepared with dedication. Cooking Italian doesn’t mean merely combining ingredients together, it is about attitude: passion and accuracy make the difference. Being a good cook means giving the preparation of food the time, attention and care required. Cooking Italian is a craftsman’s labours, the work of an artisan of flavour.

Being a good cook means also being a good eater: it is essential to our development in the world of food that we take the time to enjoy what we are eating and pay attention to every little detail of what we taste. Building a background of experiences, flavours and sensations will make you grow around the hobs. For understanding how flavours work is key to make the correct decisions, the little ones that no-one can teach and can’t be listed and explained on a cooking book or a blog.

The blog is here to help you, with recipes, articles and insights on food and wine. I am lucky enough to have with me a terrific partner in taste: she is a little baking star and I am sure you will love her recipes and creations. Together we look forward to welcome you to our frequent readers and followers.

Follow The Artisan of Flavour here and on facebook. And please do get in touch, your feedback is important and I always enjoy exchanging views with different people.

When I’m not cooking, drinking wine or sharing recipes on this blog…

My taste is pretty old fashioned in everything I do, read, write, play or listen to. I’m extremely picky, quite competitive and sometimes argumentative, I can’t help myself…

I’m utterly addicted to music: mainly hard rock, classic rock, baroque and renaissance. But also goldies and swing. I play electric guitar and amongst the big passions of mine are also reading and writing. One day they will find me buried in books and albums.

I prefer theatre to the movies. I actually love theatre, pretty much anything from musicals to plays. I’m a big tennis fan (sport which I also play regularly) and I’ve been playing basketball for 20+ years. I love travelling and hiking: although I don’t think I would survive more than a couple of months in a city without a lively cultural life, my heart melts in front of a wild landscape or a well conserved village. Finally, I acknowledge dogs as best creatures on the planet.

Take care!

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17 comments on “About

  1. Serena
    March 23, 2013

    Ciao Alessandro, nice blog! :-)

  2. Food and Forage Hebrides
    March 25, 2013

    Great recipes, look forward to reading more Real Italian food is hard to beat, thanks, Tracey

  3. camparigirl
    April 1, 2013

    I am older than you but we have a couple of things in common: I am from Bologna, I used to live in London (am now in LA) and have a passion for cooking. As a matter of fact, I was a chef for 8 years. Really like your blog. Keep it up ok?

    • The Artisan of Flavour
      April 2, 2013

      Wow nice to find a fellow bolognese! Not the sauce this time hehe. In 6 years I’ve been living abroad I think I have only once met someone from ER – can’t blame those who stay, it’s a wonderful place!

      And yes I will try my best to keep the blog alive and in good health ;)

  4. countrywoodsmoke
    April 6, 2013

    Thanks for visiting my blog, looks like you have a wonderful blog here yourself, i will have a good look through as love inspired Italian food.

    • The Artisan of Flavour
      April 6, 2013

      Thanks Marcus! If you try any of the recipes please do let me know your thoughts – I am always avid for feedback hehe.


  5. Katy's Table
    April 9, 2013

    Ciao Alessandro,
    I agree completely with “take the time to enjoy what we are eating and pay attention to every little detail of what we taste” – something we should all aim to do, but so often ‘eat to live’ and not ‘live to eat’ (to use a bad cliche). Fantastic, authentic recipes – I can’t wait to go back to Italy! Until then, I’ll keep reading the Artisan of Flavour. Grazie, Katy

    • The Artisan of Flavour
      April 9, 2013

      Thanks Katy, and lovely to see you here. Unfortunately we are a dying breed but hopefully sooner or later more people will realise food & wine are such an important part of our culture as individuals.

      On another note I can’t wait to get a few days back in Italy too – who knows, maybe one day we’ll be around at the same time :)

  6. thebestdressup
    May 7, 2013

    ciao! luvFAB blog.

  7. Simona Lidia Z.
    May 14, 2013

    Hi Alessandro. I have just nominated you for the Best Moment Award because I’m fond of your blog. I hope you don’t mind. Once again, congratulations. For more info on Best Moment Award – if you wish – go to

    • The Artisan of Flavour
      May 16, 2013

      Well first of all thanks for thinking of me – I am glad you like the blog and the way it’s coming along! I will have a proper look tonight as I am new to this world of awards… thanks again! A.

  8. tinywhitecottage
    May 15, 2013

    Very nice. So happy you have this blog so I can visit and gain knowledge. :)

  9. Pingback: Best Moment Award… and something different | The Artisan of Flavour

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