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Not Just Mac & Cheese (Maccheroni alla mortadella al forno)

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Yes, this baked maccheroni casserole is essentially mac & cheese, but on a whole different level -- as with much Italian food, it's a simple preparation, but with quality ingredients that make all the difference. It's a quick, easy, and immensely satisfying dish which can easily be a main course when paired with a green salad or any other vegetable side. Get the recipe:

Not Just Mac & Cheese (Maccheroni alla mortadella al forno) originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 18:08:43.

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The Top 10 Myths about Pasta

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It seems like one of the easiest things in the world to cook: You boil some water, throw in some pasta, set the timer for the minutes indicated on the package, add a little oil to keep it from sticking, the buzzer rings and voila! It's done. Throw it onto some plates, ladle lots of sauce on top and you have dinner. Simple, right? And yet, in my opinion, there is no worse mistake in Italian food than soggy, overcooked pasta (and it's far too common). Misconceptions about pasta and the best way to cook it still abound, while methods and tips that Italians consider common knowledge might be news to many. Read on for everything you always wanted to know about cooking pasta (but were afraid to ask).

The Top 10 Myths about Pasta originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 13:30:36.

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Street Eats, Italian Style

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Mangiamaccheroni in a street in NaplesStreet food -- in the form of pop-up stands or roaming food trucks -- is growing more and more popular in the U.S., but throughout the world and history, street kitchens have long been the primary type of public eating establishment, before the birth of the restaurant as we know it today. In Italy, street food has existed since at least Ancient Roman times, when counter-serve "snack bars" called thermopoliasold hot prepared dishes. And pizza and pasta, two of the most famous Italian foods, started out as on-the-go snacks. In 19th-century Naples, it was normal to eat maccheroni at street vendors -- with one's hands! Pasta is no longer considered a street food (or a finger food, for that matter), but quick eats persist to this day throughout Italy at kiosks, stands, and food trucks. Here are some recipes for typical Italian street foods, to recreate the experience in your own kitchen.

Street Eats, Italian Style originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 13:29:25.

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The Bean Eaters

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Il mangiafagioli by Annibale Carracci, 1584In the past, Tuscans were called mangiafagioli("bean eaters") by other Italians, a clue to how important a part the ""poor man's meat" played in the Tuscan diet. Beans don't have quite such a central role these days, yet still appear in many traditional Tuscan dishes. And now that we know what nutritional powerhouses they are -- rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals yet low in fat, calories, and cholesterol -- it seems that bean-eating is due for a comeback! Here then, a couple of great legume recipes. (Image: Il mangiafagioli by Annibale Carracci, 1584)
 

The Bean Eaters originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 13:28:09.

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A Niçoise-style sandwich: Pane alla nizzarda

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Although I write about Italian food, I've just moved to France (Paris, to be precise), so the food traditions of the Mediterranean town of Nice (Nizza in Italian), with their strong Italian influences, are particularly interesting to me. The cuisine of the French Riviera town -- perhaps the most well-known examples being salade niçoise, tapenade, and ratatouille -- blends typical Provençal ingredients and cooking methods with those of the Italian regions of Liguria and Piemonte and often features olives, olive oil, anchovies, and plenty of vegetables. Think of it as French-Italian fusion! Read more and get the recipe...

A Niçoise-style sandwich: Pane alla nizzarda originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 13:27:37.

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The Perfect Dessert for Spring and Summer?

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Panna cotta with berries
It just might be panna cotta, which, despite its name (it translates literally as "cooked cream"), actually doesn't require much cooking, and certainly doesn't involve turning on an oven. This delicate cream-based spoon dessert, thickened with gelatin and served chilled, is also quite easy to make but makes an elegant impression when served at the end of a meal. You can serve it with fresh berries or a simple chocolate sauce, fruit compote or coulis. Recipe for Panna Cotta A traditional and popular Italian dessert originating in the Piemonte region. Get the recipe.

The Perfect Dessert for Spring and Summer? originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 13:26:17.

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Buona Pasqua! Italian Easter Recipes

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Italians celebrate Easter in may ways throughout the different regions, but generally with chocolate eggs for the children containing toy surprises, roast lamb or goat, spring vegetables such as artichokes, and a colomba (dove) a cake made with the same dough as panettone but baked in the shape of a bird and topped with coarse pearl sugar and/or almonds. As a special Easter chocolate treat, together with a variety of traditional Easter recipes we have a recipe for decadent Bacio brownies, made with the famed chocolates from the Perugina brand. Buona Pasqua a tutti!

Buona Pasqua! Italian Easter Recipes originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 11:22:56.

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Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Even in Italy, the land where the Slow Food movement originated, people are busier than ever these days. On a lazy Sunday you might have time to slow-cook your ragu' for hours, but on a weeknight, if you're just getting home from work, you're tired, and you don't have a lot of time or energy, you probably want something faster and simpler. Here are some dishes you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes, either start-to-finish, or by making them ahead of time and simply reheating!

Easy Weeknight Dinners originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 13:03:49.

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Happy San Giuseppe's Day!

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The holidays in Italy seem endless, and each one has its special associated foods, which might differ from region to region. Part of the reason for so many holidays is the fact that every single day of the calendar year is the Feast Day of one or more Catholic saints. This doesn't mean that every day is a holiday in Italy, of course. March 17, for instance, the feast day of San Patrizio (better known in the English-speaking world as Saint Patrick), is not celebrated in Italy. (He is the patron saint of Ireland, after all.)

Food and the Feast Day of San Giuseppe
Today, though, March 19, the Feast Day of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph), is celebrated throughout Italy and in many Italian American communities. It's also Father's Day in Italy and it's traditionally celebrated with fried or baked pastries originating in Naples called zeppole (also known as bigne' or sfinge/sfingi/sfinci), They're usually filled with pastry cream or ricotta and dusted with sugar. Read more...

Fava Bean and Fennel Soup
One of the dishes traditionally served on the Feast Day of San Giuseppe, in Sicily, this velvety, flavorful puree incorporates the fava bean, considered a lucky charm as well as a token of St. Joseph. See the recipe for Fava Bean and Fennel Soup (Macco di fave e finocchietto).

Happy San Giuseppe's Day! originally appeared on About.com Italian Food on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 10:00:56.

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View Original Article Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:58:53 GMT

Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, travels around the United States and Rome, Italy in search of recipes that can be prepared in thirty-minutes or less for a busy audience that has time to enjoy great Italian food but doesn' t always have time to prepare it "the old way." Mary Ann travels to Parma, Italy, where she teaches her students at Barilla Cooking Academy, beginning with Veal Cutlets Stuffed with Artichokes.

Restaurant review: Grissini in Englewood Cliffs

View Original Article Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:49:19 GMT

Grissini serves high-level Italian food in an elegant setting. Its pizza, above left, is known for its crust made with water from Brooklyn.

Italian trade Commission brings a taste of Italy to Vancouver

View Original Article Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:24:31 GMT

The Italian Trade Commission rolled in to Vancouver today as part of the Italian Food and Wine Delegation Tour 2015 - with the theme "How Italy Does Italian." The event at the Westin Bayshore Hotel showed off more than 70 of Italy's wine and food products to a select group of restaurateurs, distributors, importers, supermarket buyers, and media.

Gaetano's Shows Old-School Love for Happy Hour

View Original Article Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:10:52 GMT

You can throw off the checkered tablecloths and add a fresh coat of varnish, but you can't erase the spirit of a good old Italian restaurant. Gaetano's Restaurant has been ladling red and pouring white in North Denver since 1947, but a change of ownership in 2005 lead to a controversial 2012 remodel.

Bottura brings Italian 'culinary stories' to Tokyo

View Original Article Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:44:05 GMT

Massimo Bottura's enthusiasm is infectious. The Italian chef has a way of speaking that brings you in on his schemes and sends you chasing multiple trains of thought.

Filipino meets Italian cooking in the N.E.

View Original Article Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:34:11 GMT

For anyone who grew up in a Filipino family, or anyone with Filipino neighbors, co-workers or friends, this refrain is extremely familiar. Drop in to visit a Pinoy at home and the topic of you eating - or, more specifically, how troublesome it is that you are not currently eating - is the first conversation you'll have.

Dedicated volunteer keeps Taste of Italy shining

View Original Article Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:02:31 GMT

If you ask Ann Romano about one of those things, she's likely to mention The Taste of Italy. After all, she has been planning the event for the Italian Community Center for 19 of its 20 years.

Family-style Mexican in Valley Junction

View Original Article Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:37:56 GMT

One definition asserts that romance is whatever transports one to another time or place. That helps explain why people enjoy restaurants set in offbeat venues that have been repurposed.

Buona Fortuna restaurant to close April 1

View Original Article Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:07:27 GMT

Waitress Tisha Smith serves bread to Ron Bollinger, right, and Larry Bean, left, and their guests at Buona Fortuna restaurant in Hanover. Opening Buona Fortuna was an answered prayer for Josie Calderone.

Model and actor Anthony Sandstrom reveals his favourite cuisines

View Original Article Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:52:50 GMT

Stepping into Carbone, Anthony Sandstrom does a slight double-take. It's unsurprising as he hasn't quite expected the homage to mid-20th century Italian restaurants in New York.

Beating the cliches on Italian food

View Original Article Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:46:36 GMT

Judging by the staggering number of Italian and French restaurants in Japan it would be hard to call which European cuisine is more popular: perhaps both, equally. But this cuts both ways.

The Digital Kitchen: Apps and Online Services To Make You a Better Cook

View Original Article Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:17:04 GMT

In the Bay Area there are countless apps that have food delivered to your doorstep in minutes as well as meal delivery apps that make it easy to never lift a frying-pan again. But what if you want to become a better cook- without shelling out thousands of dollars for culinary school? There are, obviously, apps for that too.

Phantom Gourmet: Tuscan Kitchen In Burlington

View Original Article Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:02:06 GMT

Do you love Italian food? Of course you do, but you probably don't love it as much as Joe Faro, the Owner and 'Chief Food Taster' at the sprawling Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. "Tuscan Kitchen is an artisan Italian experience.

Yelp! celebrates National Noodle Day

View Original Article Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:14:06 GMT

ASHLEY: For this morning's YELP segment we're celebrating National Noodle Month. Joining us this morning with more we have Andrea Onetti, owner of Onda And we also have Emit hart from Yelp.

Sardinia on your plate: Food festival at JW Marriott's Alba

View Original Article Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:09:24 GMT

If you, like me, are a die-hard fan of Italian cuisine, then get ready to tantalize your taste buds at Alba , the fine dining restaurant at the JW Marriott, Bangalore. For the first time the Chef de Cuisine, Antonello Cancedda, brings you an exclusive gourmet experience from the island of Sardinia, which also happens to be his hometown.

Photo credit: Kaylan Geiger/Egypt Today

View Original Article Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:09:33 GMT

With its tall church ceilings, large windows that open out onto Adly Street in front of one of Egypt's few remaining synagogues and situated alongside the newly revamped Kodak Passageway, the recently opened restaurant Eish & Malh is reimagining space in Downtown Cairo. Owners Dina Abouelsoud and Nadia Dropkin launched a soft opening of the restaurant in November 2014, hoping that the new venue would create a space for themselves and others in Downtown that would be something different, new and close to home.

The south is rising at Luella's Southern Kitchen

View Original Article Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:19:02 GMT

I wish I were prescient enough to have predicted that a boom in southern and soul food was coming our way, a welcome respite from the relentless Italian-food invasion. We have good southern food here and there, both high and low end, but the depth and breadth of regional southern cooking has yet to be thoroughly explored, which is hard to fathom given Chicago's strong connections to the south.

 


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