Cioppino, an Italian-American Classic

FrankItalian-American, Liguria, Soups24 Comments

Cioppino

As regular readers will know, this blog is focused on authentic Italian home cooking, the kind that you might eat in Italy itself. But it is also, in some sense, about the Italian diaspora, so it is only fitting that, from time to time—at least once a year—we feature an … Read More

Lasagna di Carnevale (Angelina’s Lasagna)

FrankCampania, Italian-American, pasta, piatti unici53 Comments

Lasagna di carnevale

Among Angelina’s generation, each of the female family members had a special dish that she was known for. My great-aunt, Angelina’s sister, who we called zi’-zi’ (loosely translated, ‘auntie’), was the ravioli specialist. Another great-aunt, zi’ Annin’,  was known as “the little pie-maker” and yet another specialized in calzone pugliese, … Read More

Il ragù della domenica (Sunday Sauce)

FrankCampania, Italian-American, pasta, primi piatti, sauces41 Comments

Ragù della domenica (Sunday Sauce)

The subject of Sunday Sauce always brings me back to my childhood. My passion for food began early, and most of my culinary Ur-memories lead me back to Sunday dinners at nonna Angelina’s place. About noontime, after Sunday Mass, the family would congregate around the enormous table (or so it … Read More