Frittata di salsiccia, patate e funghi (Sausage, Potato and Mushroom Frittata)

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Frittata di salsiccia patate e funghi

The Italian flat omelette known as the frittata, like pasta, is endlessly adaptable. The eggs provide a vehicle for just about any combination of meat, fish or vegetable your heart desires. So once you master the basic technique, a whole world of culinary possibilities opens up for you. One of … Read More

Chicken Francese

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Chicken Francese

October is Italian-American Heritage month, and long time readers will know that each year, around this time, we feature an Italian-American dish. This year, we’re serving up Chicken Francese, a perennial favorite you’ll find on the menu of just about every Italian-American restaurant in the country. Despite its fame, the … Read More

Trippa alla fiorentina (Florentine Style Tripe)

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Trippa alla fiorentina (Florentine Style Tripe)

It seems many of us have lost our taste for “variety meats” these days. It wasn’t that long ago—as I remember, well into my young adulthood—that you could find fresh veal and chicken liver, kidneys, tongue and yes, tripe in more or less any supermarket. Now you have to search … Read More

Polpo alla luciana (Santa Lucia Stewed Octopus)

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Polpo alla luciana

I love octopus. And in my opinion this iconic Neapolitan dish, polpo alla luciana or Stewed Octopus in the style of Santa Lucia, with is one of the loveliest ways to prepare it. And surely one of the simplest. You simmer the octopus whole in a typically Neopolitan soffritto of … Read More

Calamaretti alla piastra (Griddled Baby Squid)

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Calamaretti alla piastra (Griddled Baby Squid)

Quick and easy to make, calamaretti alla piastra, or Griddled Baby Squid, are a tasty summer treat. With some tangy Sicilian salmoriglio sauce on the side for dipping, these little flavor bombs make a delightful antipasto, but if you up the portions they can also be a light main course. … Read More

Scaloppine di pollo alla valdostana

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Scaloppine di pollo alla valdostana

I’ve always been puzzled by the popularity that chicken breasts enjoy, in particular here in the US. If you ask me, I’d nominate them as the world’s least interesting protein. Especially in this age of industrial poultry farms, chicken breasts tends to lack any discernible flavor, and then they dry … Read More

Calamari ripieni (Stuffed Calamari)

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Calamari ripieni (Stuffed Calamari)

Everybody, it seems, loves fried calamari. But there are lots of other ways to enjoy this tasty mollusk. It’s delicious braised with peas in the Roman manner, for example, or with greens, after the Florentines. But I think calamari really comes into its own when it’s filled with a savory … Read More

Spezzatino di maiale con piselli (Pork Stew with Peas)

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Spezzatino di maiale con piselli

All of us—even us “foodies”—need some reliable and straightforward recipes in our lives for everyday cooking. This one for spezzatino di maiale con piselli, or Pork Stew with Peas, fits the bill rather nicely, I think. If you make your stew in a pressure cooker—and like many stews it’s ideal … Read More