Seven Links

seven links

A few days ago I had the honor of being nominated by Nami (@ Just One Cookbook) for the Seven Links Challenge. It consists of selecting seven of my existing posts based on as many given criteria and explaining the reasons behind the choices. So, here I go!

1. The most beautiful post


As my most “beautiful” post, I have chosen Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms. This is mostly because I like the picture, a lucky single shot taken on a trip to Italy. After this became my first recipe on Quatro Fromaggio, I continued posting more recipes and realized how hard food photography really is!

2. The most popular post


According to Google Analytics, the Formaggio Cheese post is the one that reached my highest number of views so far. Several people find this article while searching for a particular type of Italian cheese. Hopefully, it answers their questions!

3. The most controversial post


Pretty much every single article on Quatro Fromaggio has some level of controversy. The whole premise of this blog is to compare authentic Italian food to its many aberrations, and my role can’t be too accommodating towards the “offenders” πŸ™‚ In the Pasta 101 article, however, the controversy is in the reference to the Atkins debate.

4. The most helpful post


home-made lightbox
My home-made lightbox

Pasta Names Explained has been called out as the most informative by commenters. This makes me really happy because of the effort that went into the preparation. The collection of the various pictures was the challenge. Since I didn’t want to buy all the different types of pasta at once, I came up with a system based on a home-made lightbox that I could carry with me and use to take pictures in almost identical conditions over time.

5. The post that was surprisingly successful


I didn’t think that Google would rank Pizzoccheri della Valtellina as high as it does. In fact, most people come across this page through the search engines. Pizzoccheri is a relatively unknown dish outside of Italy – most readers are probably Italians.

6. The post that did not get the attention it deserved

Possibly because I posted it when not many people knew about this blog, but Eating Vegetarian didn’t do as well as I hoped. My fiancΓ©e is a vegetarian (and the artist who painted the above picture), and I firmly believe in yummy vegetarian food where nobody would lament the lack of meat. Italian food often qualifies as such.

7. The post I am most proud of

The research work behind Rice Demystified was one of the most productive and satisfying for me. I quickly answered my own questions and I started producing the illustrations, starting from my own scans of real rice grains. I really enjoyed that πŸ™‚


And now to the part where I nominate 5 bloggers and pass the Seven Links Challenge on to them. I have chosen some that I have been following for quite some time, and that have been a great source of motivation and inspiration for me:

16 thoughts on “Seven Links”

  1. Paolo, I LOVED your 7 link!!! Gee, I'm impressed! Where do I start…your light box is soooo cool! Your fiancee is a great artist and liked that post. And your research work on rice is very impressive! You are so passionate about it and wrote the post so well. And lastly… I want that risotto please. πŸ™‚

  2. Ohhh thank you Paolo!!! :-)))) I am on it!

    Great 7 links post! The picture of that risotto made me crave for some (it is dinner time here)! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Paolo,

    You have a very nice site here and I found it thru Nami and Manu's blogs. I love reading other blogs such as yours. I like the summary of all your posts and It won't be the last time I will be here.

    Have a great weekend!

    ~ ray ~

  4. Congrats! Very nice post and loved going through your seven links. I loved all of them, but the seventh link is something so different! You are right, you should be proud of this post! great going!!

  5. Hi Paolo-You did an amazing job on the 7 Links!
    I was also nominated, and just posted mine, as well.
    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog, I really appreciate it!

  6. Thank you Paolo for nominating me. I have not forgotten but when I received your notification I was on holiday with no Internet access. As soon as I get my life halfway organized again, I will sit down and think hard and do my own 7 links. Ciao!

  7. hi, your “contact me” form seems broken (for me). While writing about how Italian food is often destroyed abroad, I came across your blog. Can I quote you and / or reference your work? cheers!

    1. Hi Carmine, thanks for letting me know about the “Contact Me” form, it’s fixed now. For sure, I appreciate references – let’s keep the conversation going!

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