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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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“Family, Food and the Friars: Experience the Richness of...

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'Family, Food and the Friars: Experience the Richness of Italian Cuisine through Cultivating, Cutting, Cooking and Consuming with Those you Love' Will Be Free to Download Tomorrow ' Family, Food and the Friars: Experience the Richness of Italian Cuisine through Cultivating, Cutting, Cooking and Consuming with Those you Love ' Gino Barbaro guides you through the techniques of preparing fresh Italian cuisine. He draws upon his experiences from growing up in an Italian household to owning and operating an Italian restaurant for over 18 years.

Ciao Italia

View Original Article Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:11:57 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."

At Alphonse market and Nonna's Kitchen, there are two sides to Italian cooking

View Original Article Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:11:56 GMT

"Italian is my favorite cuisine, by far," says Aaron McGovern, who happens to live near where he and business partner Arturas Vorobjovas expanded. Alphonse was recently joined by a more formal sibling on the second floor of the same building.

Happy Hour: Chinato on East Fourth Street a new take on Italian cuisine

View Original Article Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:05:03 GMT

Italian cuisine is almost universally loved and yet it's often written off as commonplace. We can debate why that is - or, well, we can just hit Chinato for Happy Hour... Chinato rolls out some of the most liberal hours in Happyland.

Inside Selena Gomez's Girl's Night Out

View Original Article Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:15:42 GMT

On Friday night, the singer feasted on Italian cuisine with a girlfriend at Asellina in Manhattan's Flatiron District. "The dinner was casual, they had just landed from L.A. and were catching up," a source tells PEOPLE.

Radici Takes Root on Capitol Hill

View Original Article Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:56:42 GMT

Whisked away to Italy by love 18 years ago, Bridget Thibodeau Sasso returned to Washington with a piece of Italy she has now established on Capitol Hill - her Italian market Radici at 303 Seventh St. SE. While on vacation in the Bahamas, Sasso fell in love with an Italian man, whom she corresponded with through letters and eventually married.

Staten Island's Best Chicken Parm: Portobello Cafe, Bella Mama Rose among 2014 Readers' Choice favorites

View Original Article Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:18:11 GMT

And your "Best Chicken Parm" winner is: Portobello Cafe - 4221 Hylan Blvd., Great Kills; 718-356-2233 - with 1,470 votes. Portobello is open daily, with two-for-one dinners on some nights , and $6.95 lunch specials offered Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Plus, catering on and off premises for every occasion.

Palladinoa s To Open Thursday on East Passyunk

View Original Article Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:53:51 GMT

Chef Luke Palladino has made a name for himself at the Jersey shore and he is now opening on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia. The former Columbo's at 1934 E Passyunk Avenue has been transformed from a sandwich joint to Palladino's , an upscale Italian restaurant with bar, open kitchen and 80-seats inside.

Joe Fish sets out a stupendous brunch in River North

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Brunch just keeps getting better and better in River North. My most recent brunch excursion was to Joe Fish located at 445 N. Dearborn.

The Guide: Where to Eat in Richmond, Virginia

View Original Article Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:03:56 GMT

Richmond, Virginia is a city close to my heart. I lived there for most of my twenties, and its small but passionate culinary community is what really ignited my lifetime love of food.

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Gathering at a "Pasta Fiesta, Fine Food and Italian Cuisine" benefit for the Lackawanna Blind Association, are, from left: Jessica Perry, Mary Lou Wascavich, Bob Harrington, Mary Regina Perry and Bishop Emeritus James C. Timlin. Leadership Lackawanna 2014 Executive Program graduates gather at a celebration in their honor.

Mama D's in Newport Beach serves exceptional Italian food in a family atomsphere

View Original Article Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:10:57 GMT

Going out for Italian food is always an adventure. Part of the adventure is separating the average from the exceptional, with the problem being there are so many average Italian restaurants it seems to always be an "I guess we'll go for Italian" choice.

The Best Cheap Eats in Woodbridge

View Original Article Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:33:40 GMT

The best cheap eats in Woodbridge all have an Italian flair - not surprising given the high concentration of Italian-Canadians that call the city home. As someone who's lived and eaten in Woodbridge her entire life, I'd consider myself highly qualified to comment on all the deliciousness that the restaurants here have to offer.

Via Vai

View Original Article Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:34:07 GMT

VIA VAI means coming and going, where you see and meet friends and others. In Astoria, since last June, it means a place to get together and enjoy one another's company, treating yourself and your companions to the most authentic Italian cuisine this side of the Atlantic in a comfortable setting - and returning again and again.

Barilla launches China market-specific pasta

View Original Article Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:29:19 GMT

Barilla, the world's largest pasta maker, is taking aim at the Chinese market with the launch of Pasta Pronto. The Parma, Italy-based company recently introduced the product to more than 1,000 supermarkets and 750 convenience stores in China.

Joe Maddon's 'Thanksmas' fundraiser scheduled for 717 South and Ava

View Original Article Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:24:38 GMT

Joe Maddon and Michael Stewart are collaborating on the 5th Annual Thanksmas Dinner, to be held on Friday at 717 South and Ava. Once the shock of Joe Maddon 's sudden departure from the Tampa Bay Rays simmered down, folks started to wonder about the fate of some of his community projects.

New Steak Restaurant Coming to Old Town Alexandria

View Original Article Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:36:24 GMT

Michael Nayeri got his start in the kitchen in the '80s, with award-winning uber-Chef Roberto Donna when they worked together at a restaurant called Romeo and Juliet in DC, and later at the famed Galileo restaurant. Eleven years ago on Christmas Eve, Nayeri opened A La Lucia , at 315 Madison St. in Alexandria, named for his wife and serving up mainly Italian food.

 


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