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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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Herringbone at Aria - Las Vegas, Nevada

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Herringbone has now a dazzling new location at Aria Resort. In its desert home at Las Vegas, the grand Aria is famous for its intricate combination of restaurants and cuisines of various origins.

Taste of the Month: Happy Valley Learn to Cook

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LaCreta Holland is a wife, mother of four, and grandmother. She also is passionate about cooking and teaching.

Ciao Italia

View Original Article Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:36:02 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 cooks with her friend Maria Iapichino in her summer kitchen that overlooks the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea near Cefalu, Sicily.

In Your Town for Feb. 6, 2016

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Kentfield Greenbrae Historical Society will hold a sale at its pop-up museum store in the Bon Air Center Feb. 13. There will be a $5 discount on the coffee table book, “In the Heart of Marin,” and a 50 percent discount on all other merchandise. Celebrate a traditional Italian carnival with Italian food, decorations, entertainment, and a presentation from Italian teacher Karen Raccanello and her Italian language students.

Review: Linger in romance with great food and wine at Napoli in Loma Linda

View Original Article Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:49:20 GMT

REDLANDS >> Most discussions about where to eat Italian food in the Inland Empire include mention of Napoli in Loma Linda. However, the restaurant presented unknown territory for me when I went in for lunch last week.

From pasta to sauce, how to cook an authentic Italian meal

View Original Article Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:56:31 GMT

Pasta, tomatoes, parsley, Parmesan cheese all the classics are here in the Indy Style kitchen this morning! La Dolce Vita's Laura Wilson shows us how easy it is to make homemade pasta and gives us details on her upcoming Italy culinary tour and how YOU can go with her! Combine all ingredients and process until moist, tiny pellets. Press the dough into a flat cake.

Here's How Mario Batali Makes Pot Brownies

View Original Article Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:19:05 GMT

Mario Batali is a noted master of Italian cooking, known as much for his ways with spaghettini and lasagne alla Bolognese as he is, now, for his Crocs. But in an interesting turn of events, Batali has turned his attention to the Denver Broncos' upcoming Super Bowl appearance and Colorado's love of gourmet marijuana edibles .

Go Roma Introduces Online Ordering

View Original Article Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:00:34 GMT

The brand that lives by the motto, "Scratch Italian, Pronto!" is now making it easier than ever before to order its fresh Italian cuisine. Go Roma, a Chicagoland favorite, today announced the launch of online ordering and online catering.

5 must-try dishes at Rocky's Pizza and Italian Foods

View Original Article Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:58:42 GMT

Rocky's Pizza & Italian Foods will move from its 715 Richard Arrington South location in a few months as Birmingham's Retail Specialists takeover the half block where it is located to build a $13 million development. If you're craving a little bit of New Orleans fare, Rocky's Pizza & Italian Foods has two different types of muffalettas.

Patrizi's Owners to Open New Food Truck at Scoot Inn Cajun concept will be ready by March

View Original Article Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:58:19 GMT

Since opening three years ago, the Patrizi's food truck inside the Butterfly Bar / Vortex has inspired a small cult for its simple but elevated approach to Italian food and its housemade pasta.

KTCHN spices up Hell's Kitchen with innovative Italian cuisine

View Original Article Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:58:34 GMT

Last week, KTCHN at The OUT NYC in Hell's Kitchen hosted a series of press tastings to showcase its new Italian menu. The restaurant periodically changes its cuisine to cater to and excite the different palette preferences in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.

East Haven Rotary Club Hosts Italian Night

View Original Article Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:58:33 GMT

The East Haven Rotary Club will be hosting an Italian Night featuring popular Italian vocalist Rich DiPalma on Thursday March 10th at the East Haven Senior-Community Center @ 91 Taylor Avenue. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. and will feature an Italian Buffet dinner catered by Capatorto's Apizza, which will include pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, chicken, coffee and dessert.

Mall at Fairfield Commons new Italian restaurant now open

View Original Article Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:20:01 GMT

The newest BRAVO! Cucina Italiana is now open at the Beavercreek Mall at Fairfield Commons. Front and center to the newly designed entrance, BRAVO is hard to miss.

Doris has arrived, and brought the Italian Market

View Original Article Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:55:43 GMT

As soon as you enter, you know that Doris Italian Market is clearly different in the experience of food emporiums. As you walk the well-spaced aisles and peruse all that is good in the Italian food universe, your first thought is likely, "Is it possible to buy one of everything they have and fit it all in the car?" Yes to the first half of the question.

Italian restaurant La Bussola to offer 1980 menu prices in Glen Cove

View Original Article Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:41:46 GMT

La Bussola has been serving Italian food in Glen Cove for 36 years. Visit on a Monday night in February, and you'll get a taste of the 1980 prices.

Helene Neville embarks on another record run: 'It's all about inspiring others'

View Original Article Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:17:25 GMT

Helene Neville, a world record-holder for running the perimeter of the United States, is welcomed home to Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Buca di Beppo on Flamingo Road.

Carrabba's shares tips on lighter, healthier Italian cooking and dining

View Original Article Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:55:21 GMT

Indulging in Italian dining isn't quite how many folks would consider keeping their resolutions to dine healthier in the New Year. However, it's important to remember that Italian cooking varies greatly from region to region, and dining lighter can simply be a matter of drawing inspiration from a different region of Italy for either dining out or cooking at home in the Italian style.

 


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