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Pasta e piselli (Pasta and Peas)

In pasta, primi piatti by Frank28 Comments

Here’s a when-you-really-don’t-feel-like-cooking dish. It’s a quick and easy combination of pasta …

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Gnocchi ai funghi (Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Sauce)

In gnocchi, primi piatti by Frank16 Comments

 The Romans out there will know that Thursdays in Rome (and perhaps …

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Risotto al radicchio (Risotto with Radicchio)

In Fall, primi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes, Veneto, Winter by Frank16 Comments

Risotto, as we all know, is an almost infinitely variable dish. You …

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Lesso di manzo rifatto (“Re-made” Boiled Beef)

In Campania, Lazio, secondi piatti, Toscana by Frank15 Comments

Waste not, want not, they old saying goes. There are a myriad …

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Zitoni al forno con le polpettine (Baked Ziti with Tiny Meatballs)

In Campania, pasta, primi piatti by Frank15 Comments

 If baked pappardelle with radicchio is a good example of a northern …

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Pasticcio di pappardelle al radicchio rosso di Treviso (Baked Pappardelle with Treviso Radicchio)

In pasta, primi piatti, Veneto by Frank26 Comments

Pappardelle, those extra-wide egg noodles typical of Tuscany, are perhaps my favorite …

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Il ragù della domenica (Sunday Sauce)

In Campania, Italian-American, pasta, primi piatti, sauces by Frank37 Comments

The subject of Sunday Sauce always brings me back to my childhood. …

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Buying canned tomatoes

In reference by Frank39 Comments

Here’s a special note for readers in the US, where buying canned …

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Quick Note: Salade frisée à l’anchoiade

In antipasti, Fall, Winter by Frank2 Comments

One of my favorite cold weather salads back in Rome were puntarelle, …

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Gratinéed Ox Tongue in Mushroom Cream Sauce

In secondi piatti by Frank14 Comments

As mentioned recently, veal tongue is a common part of a bollito …

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Pasta al tonno (Pasta with Tuna Sauce)

In pasta, primi piatti by Frank20 Comments

Here’s a quick note on another staple weeknight dinner: pasta al tonno. …

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Frittata ai peperoni (Bell Pepper Frittata)

In secondi piatti by Frank3 Comments

A frittata is a great solution to those nights when you want …

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Bollito and other boiled dinners

In Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, sauces by Frank6 Comments

Some of our favorite Sunday meals during the cold weather months are …

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Buttery Mashed Potatoes

In contorno by Frank7 Comments

While it’s true that we mostly eat Italian at home, there are …

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Penne ai peperoni e alici (Penne with Peppers and Anchovies)

In pasta, primi piatti by Frank5 Comments

A quick note on a quick dish: penne with peppers and anchovies, …

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Minestrone: A Primer

In primi piatti, reference, Soups by Frank21 Comments

Many people think of minestrone as the kind of hearty fare best …

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Quadrucci in brodo (Pasta Squares in Broth)

In pasta, primi piatti, Soups by Frank2 Comments

The simplest, and perhaps the best, way to use your skills for …

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Al contadino non far sapere…

In dessert by Frank11 Comments

In our house dessert is usually a piece of fruit. But now …

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Ravioli al sugo di pomodoro (Homemade Ravioli with Tomato Sauce)

In pasta, primi piatti by Frank25 Comments

Once you know how to make fresh pasta, there are myriad ways …

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Pasta e ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)

In pasta, primi piatti, Soups by Frank13 Comments

There’s nothing so satisfying yet so quick and simple than the combination …

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Penne ai funghi (Penne with Mushroom Tomato Sauce)

In pasta, primi piatti, Toscana by Frank9 Comments

Fall is my favorite season, and one of the best reasons to …

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How to make fresh egg pasta

In pasta, reference by Frank38 Comments

When making fresh home-made egg pasta, variously known in Italian as pasta …

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How to Roast a Pepper

In antipasti, reference by Frank3 Comments

A quick note today on the method for roasting peppers. And a …

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Fricassée de poulet à l’ancienne (Julia Child’s Old-Fashioned Chicken Fricassee)

In secondi piatti by Frank16 Comments

I grew up on Julia Child. Other than nonna Angelina herself, no …

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Salade frisée aux lardons (Frisée Salad with Bacon)

In antipasti by Frank3 Comments

This rustic salad was one of my favorite starters when I lived …