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Shrimp Scampi

In antipasti, Italian-American, secondi piatti by Frank40 Comments

This blog is dedicated to continental Italian food—the kind of food you’ll …

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Barchette di sedano con gorgonzola e noci (Celery Boats with Gorgonzola and Walnuts)

In antipasti by Frank38 Comments

I don’t know about you, but when I’m making a “major” meal …

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Salsicce e fagioli (Sausage and Beans)

In Fall, secondi piatti, Winter by Frank26 Comments

Pork and beans were meant for each other—think franks and beans from …

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Spaghetti alla Nerano

In Campania, pasta, primi piatti by Frank34 Comments

We’ve featured pasta and zucchini before, but this celebrated dish from the Sorrento peninsula …

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Tale of Two Spritzes: Aperol Spritz and Campari Spritz

In beverage, Veneto by Frank31 Comments

Summer is coming to a close and the temperatures around here are …

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Peperoni al gratin (Peppers au gratin)

In antipasti, contorno by Frank29 Comments

Here is one of the simplest ways to make peppers and, to …

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Pollo al mattone (Chicken under a Brick)

In secondi piatti, summer, Toscana by Frank37 Comments

Pollo al mattone, which I would translate roughly as “chicken under a …

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Melanzane al cioccolato (Chocolate Eggplant)

In Campania, dessert by Frank34 Comments

Chocolate Eggplant? It sounds like a culinary joke or some newfangled fusion …

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Spaghetti con la bottarga

In pasta, primi piatti, Sardegna, Sicilia, summer by Frank24 Comments

Bottarga—cured fish roe typical of Sardinian and Sicilian cookery—is an unusual but tasty …

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Pomodori ripieni di tonno (Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes)

In antipasti by Frank26 Comments

At our house, summer is a time for unfussy, often no cook eating. …

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Spuma di ricotta alle pesche sciroppate (Whipped Ricotta with Peaches in Syrup)

In dessert by Frank36 Comments

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. As I’ve mentioned before, …

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Zucchine cacio e uova (Zucchini with Egg and Cheese)

In Campania, contorno, secondi piatti by Frank32 Comments

Zucchini and eggs were meant for each other. They are found together …

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Agnello in umido (Lamb in Tomato Sauce)

In Marche, secondi piatti by Frank30 Comments

Lamb may be my very favorite red meat. It’s more interesting than …

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Sugo finto (“Fake” Sauce)

In pasta, primi piatti, sauces, Toscana by Frank43 Comments

Another of the many Italian dishes in the cucina povera tradition, sugo …

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Torta Pasqualina (Easter Pie from Liguria)

In antipasti, Liguria, Spring by Frank39 Comments

Savory pies and enriched breads figure prominently on the Easter dinner table. …

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Italian Charoset for Passover

In dessert, Piemonte by Frank25 Comments

It may come as a surprise, but Italy has a long tradition …

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The Digestivo: A Beginner’s Guide to Italian After Dinner Drinks

In beverage, drink, reference by Frank42 Comments

This blog is mostly dedicated to food, but food and drink are …

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Petti di pollo al burro (Butter-Braised Chicken Breasts)

In secondi piatti, Toscana by Frank40 Comments

In Italian Food, the 1954 book that introduced the English to real Italian …

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Riso in cagnone (Rice with Butter and Cheese)

In Lombardia, Piemonte, primi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes by Frank38 Comments

I was an atypical child. The other kids would come home from school …

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Angelina’s Polpettone (Angelina’s Meatloaf)

In Campania, secondi piatti by Frank41 Comments

Yes, Italians make meatloaf. They call it polpettone, or a ‘big meatball’, which …

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Cantucci (Tuscan Almond Cookies)

In dessert, Toscana by Frank23 Comments

Cantucci, also known as biscotti di Prato, are perhaps the best known of …

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Patate alla lucana (Basilicata Potato Casserole)

In Basilicata, contorno by Frank34 Comments

Italian cuisine is not generally known for potato gratin dishes. But here’s …

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Calamari in zimino (Squid Braised in Greens)

In Liguria, secondi piatti, Toscana by Frank31 Comments

If you’ve read our Glossary of Italian Cooking Terms, you’ll know that …

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Cocktail di gamberetti (Shrimp Cocktail in the Italian Manner)

In antipasti by Frank34 Comments

New Year’s Eve in Italy, as for so many other special occasions, …

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Filetti di baccalà (Fried Salt Cod Filets)

In Lazio, secondi piatti by Frank37 Comments

During my years in Rome, I mostly lived on the small but charming piazza di …