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tuscanfoodieBowl of Green

Today in the spotlight: meet “the other guy.”

Tuscanfoodie is just that: a guy from Tuscany that fell in love with American food. "Seriously?" you may ask, "Not the other way around?" Yes. Seriously. After moving from Tuscany to Chicago with his Belgian wife, Tuscanfoodie has wholeheartedly embraced the cuisine of his new, extended home: TexMex, Mexican, and Southern food. We can’t help but smile at this genuine fascination – and then pat ourselves on the back for, well, being American.

Tuscanfoodie’s recipes are truly a melting pot of cuisines: Tuscan cuisine, those aforementioned Mexican and TexMex cuisines, even Belgian cuisine. For the food of his home country (and the food that we fall in love with), try his Butternut and amaretto tortelli with brown sage butter, his Tuscan Rice Fritters (Fritelle di riso), his Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and pecorino cheese. But for the food of his new, adopted home – the food he loves (and that we now can see why) – try his Bowl of Green (pictured above), or Poblano soup, or “4 fresh chiles and a ghost" chili. For dessert, there’s always Gaufres de Lieges (Belgian waffles from Lieges): a multicultural ending to a multicultural meal – from FOOD52's very own multicultural “other guy.”

Read our profile Q&A with tuscanfoodie below, and check out his blog here.

What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Alive octopus: it still moved in my mouth. Not an entirely pleasant experience, I must say.

What do you cook when home alone?
Since I moved to the US, I am experimenting with American cuisine, especially TexMex, Mexican and Southern. But if you come to my place for a sudden dinner, chances are you will be eating an impromptu carbonara...

Your most treasured kitchen possession:
The handwritten book full of recipes that my mother gave me when I left Italy, more than 15 years ago.

The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:


Tags: Tuscany, Italy, American food, TexMex, chili, spotlight

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thanks for the reminder of the Belgian waffles - we got a Belgian waffle iron for Christmas, and I've been meaning to make your waffles. Congrats on the spotlight!

over 3 years ago tuscanfoodie

Let me know how the waffles turn out for you. The double batter may sound annoying, but it is worth it!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

so nice to see you in the spotlight, tuscanfoodie!

over 3 years ago tuscanfoodie

Thank you!


over 3 years ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

So nice to get to know you, tuscanfoodie!

over 3 years ago tuscanfoodie

Thank you!

over 3 years ago tuscanfoodie

Thank you very much for the write up! And if any of you try any of my recipes, just let me know what you think!


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the spotlight, really enjoy your blog and recipes.

over 3 years ago tuscanfoodie

Thanks Sdebrango. I cooked your winning recipe for flank steak, it was fantastic.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much!