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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Italian Food on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 10:00:56.

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Speedy, simple tomato-basil pasta

View Original Article Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:34:17 GMT

W ant to cook Italian food but terrified by the complicated recipes? Exasperated because you can't find the right ingredients? Wish you could eat chilly with your pasta? In our continuing series of recipes taken from Italian Khana , an Italian cookbook for the Indian kitchen, Ritu Dalmia, celebrated chef and owner of Diva, one of Delhi's finest Italian restaurants, reveals her best tips and shows you how to cook an authentic Italian dish for dinner tonight in 30 minutes or less.

Villa Toscana Serves Up Italian Food in Downtown Sarasota's Burns Court

View Original Article Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:29:12 GMT

I have always loved downtown Sarasota's Burns Court-the movie theater, the little shops and Owen's Fish Camp . Now comes Villa Toscana , an Italian restaurant with a simple menu and ample al fresco dining.

Strati Wild Italian construction on schedule

View Original Article Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:56:27 GMT

The fast-casual Italian food restaurant is on schedule to open on Monday, Sept. 29, at 1702 Bardstown Road in the Highlands, near Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushi and Tom+Chee .

Food review: Greyhound Enoteca, Old Beaconsfield

View Original Article Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:49:14 GMT

CONVERTING a pub into a restaurant is a risky business, with the soul of the building too often sucked out in the process. As such, I was apprehensive about my trip to Beaconsfield's Greyhound Enoteca, but I was relieved to be greeted by a bubbly, welcoming warmth from the recently revamped former boozer.

Olive Garden breadsticks targeted by activist investor

View Original Article Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:11:14 GMT

Doing so would reduce "massive unnecessary waste" and save more than uses 675 million to 700 million breadsticks a year," or an average of three a customer, Starboard said as part of a 294-page filing on Thursday with the on how Darden can be restructured. "The average customer does not consume three breadsticks."

The Big E introduces new tasty treats

View Original Article Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:08:06 GMT

Great entertainment, fun atmosphere and the most delectable treats are all things you can expect from your trip to The Big E. No one can deny that The Big E has the best selection of food on the east coast. From Cream Puffs and Craz-E Burgers to deep-fried delights, international fare and a selection of foods unique to each New England State, North America's fifth largest fair truly has it all.

Does Italian Food Really Pair Best with Italian Wine?

View Original Article Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:47:00 GMT

F&W's Ray Isle finds out at a new cooking school in Puglia, where he compares the best local bottlings to a few New World ringers pulled discreetly from his suitcase. Not long ago, I decided to carry a bottle of Australian Pinot Noir 6,087 miles to see how it would pair with a meal in southern Italy.

Restaurant Profile: Bella's Ristorante in Hellertown offers...

View Original Article Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:45:48 GMT

Vincent Cavataio's eateries are all about family. His Italian restaurant in Hellertown is named for his 6-year-old daughter, Bella.

11 Substitutes for Rosemary

View Original Article Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:47:11 GMT

Rosemary is a must-have for meat recipes. But, if you don't have it, you need not worry.

Food Friday: Young Local Farmers, an Old Family Store

View Original Article Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:21:43 GMT

Amanda Andrews on Tamarack Hollow Farm in Vermont, where she's been farming for about four years on her own. On today's Food Friday show three local farmers talk about what they grow and how they got into the business of farming.

Mitt Romney Just Told A Great Story About When He Bought Tons Of Pasta For Chris Christie

View Original Article Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:16:52 GMT

Two-time GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney once tried to give New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a large amount of food only to discover Christie couldn't eat it because he "just had an operation." Romney recalled the tale at a fund-raising bash for Christie on Wednesday night.

Olive Garden pasta stunt goes from bad to worse

View Original Article Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:01:50 GMT

Olive Garden's "Never Ending Pasta Pass" promotion has become a never-ending source of trouble for those with a gluttonous appetite for Italian food. First, the restaurant chain's website crashed under the demand from customers clamoring for a shot at buying a pass that yielded seven weeks of pasta, salad and soft drinks for $100.

Excitement builds as Scottish Italian Awards shortlist revealed

View Original Article Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:50:49 GMT

ITALIAN venues hungry for success have received more than 30,000 votes over the past three months by members of the public. ITALIAN venues hungry for success have received more than 30,000 votes over the past three months by members of the public.

Giada's restaurant at the Cromwell Las Vegas debuts with SmartCellar from Incentient

View Original Article Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:47:12 GMT

Whether guests eat in the dining room, lounge or on the outdoor patio, they will all be presented with Apple Ipads running Incentient's SmartCellar software, the world's most deployed interactive wine menu. "SmartCellar has been installed by virtually every major chef world-wide, and we are so pleased to welcome Giada to our list of highly successful brands" said , Incentient's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, adding "Our design team focused on creating a visual experience that reflects the spirit of Giada's Italian cuisine with her refreshing Californian influence.

Bonefish Grill founders to open Noble Crust restaurant in St. Petersburg

View Original Article Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:34:35 GMT

Two members of Bonefish Grill's founding team are opening a new restaurant called Noble Crust serving food dubbed "seasonal Italian with Southern soul.' ' The 160-seat restaurant is scheduled to open this fall at the corner of Fourth Street N and 83rd Avenue N, in former spot of the Haymarket Pub and The Hideaway.

Sweet September: Francesca's Restaurants Launches National Honey Month Menu

View Original Article Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:15:35 GMT

Corporate Executive Chef Massimo Salatino collaborates with Beverage Director Lisa Mango to commemorate National Honey Month across all Francesca's Restaurants locations with a special a la carte menu. Beginning September 19 through 28 at each of the 23 locations across Chicagoland and nationwide in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and California, guests can enjoy a touch of honey in special rustic Italian dishes, inspired by Rome and surrounding regions, as well as paired wines.

Kay's Cooking Corner

View Original Article Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:49:14 GMT

I don't profess to be a great Italian cook for a good reason - I'm not Italian. However, you don't necessarily have to be Italian to whip up some great tasting dishes that can really fool your diners into thinking you're one excellent Italian cook! The ingredients and spices used in Italian cooking can yield some very tasty dishes, and since my husband and his family are Italian, these two things have helped me prepare some exceptionally good "Italian" meals.

Olive Garden Selling 7 Weeks of Pasta for $100, but You'll Have to Move Fast to Get It

View Original Article Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:33:55 GMT

Twenty bucks says college students around the U.S. will be racing to their computers at 3 p.m. ET this afternoon. Why? Because Olive Garden, purveyor of sort-of Italian food, has - in a fit of PR genius - announced a Never Ending Pasta Pass.

Jon Bon Jovi to Push Tomato Sauce at New York City's Wine & Food Festival

View Original Article Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:20:38 GMT

How'd you like to meet Jon Bon Jovi , and enjoy delicious Italian food at the same time? Then get yourself to New York City next month for the city's annual Wine & Food Festival. The October festival features a variety of food-related events over three days, and Jon is appearing at an October 16 event hosted by the Travel Channel's Adam Richman ; it's called Ronzoni's La Sagra Slices.

Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

View Original Article Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:13:18 GMT

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to the sands of South Beach February 19 through 22, 2015, and this time, expect to choose from more then 75 dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties over the four-day span. Since the sheer magnitude of it all is mind-boggling, we enlisted the help of festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who gave us the intel on the best new events, the celebrities appearing, and what changes have been made for 2015.


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