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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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Table Hoppin': Rocky's sports bar latest addition to Water Street

View Original Article Thu, 28 May 2015 07:34:05 GMT

Former state Rep. John P. Fresolo is owner/operator of the business located in the spot formerly occupied by the Grey Hound Pub. Fresolo spent about three weeks renovating the place and held a soft opening for family and friends on May 20. Fresolo named the business after his father, the late Rocco Fresolo.

Taste: Lorenzo's serves up delicious Italian dishes

View Original Article Wed, 27 May 2015 22:16:09 GMT

The sausage and green chile soup is a blend of traditional Italian cuisine and a touch of the Southwest, and is only mildly spicy . From creamy fettuccine Alfredo to bowls of warm minestrone vegetable soup, Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant is the perfect Las Cruces destination to satisfy any Italian food cravings.

American visitors coming for a taste of Trail's Italian flavour

View Original Article Wed, 27 May 2015 20:10:27 GMT

Danny Ferraro, of Ferraro Foods, says the store has many out-of-town customers who make regular visits for difficult-to-find authentic food choices. With so much Italian history in Trail, it wasn't a question of what to do with 35 "Americanas" for the day.

The Grocery hosts Ark of Taste supper

View Original Article Wed, 27 May 2015 09:51:53 GMT

The Bradford watermelon, pictured at dinner participant High Wire Distilling Co.' s facility, recently boarded Slow Food's Ark of Taste.

Indulge! Pasta with Parmesan Clam Cream Sauce

View Original Article Wed, 27 May 2015 03:27:55 GMT

Pasta ! Is there anyone who doesn't enjoy a bowl of freshly made pasta? Pasta, no matter what the variety may be, is one of the most versatile dishes in the world. You can serve it hot or cold.

Centrolina Opens Its Italian Market in CityCenterDC Today

View Original Article Wed, 27 May 2015 00:25:08 GMT

At CityCenterDC's newest addition, Centrolina , you can sit down for an Italian meal or grab pretty much all the groceries you need to prepare one at home. The first solo venture from chef Amy Brandwein , formerly of Osteria Alba and now-closed Casa Nonna , features a full market, which opened today.

Sicilian connection

View Original Article Tue, 26 May 2015 20:18:19 GMT

Chef Nick Lama opened his Italian restaurant Avo May 20 in the former Martinique Bistro space. A great-grandson of Sicilian immigrants, Lama describes his food as "regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.

Supermarket chain Lidl has recalled a food product after foreign label sparks health scare

View Original Article Tue, 26 May 2015 07:49:45 GMT

Lidl UK, in Derby Street, Burton and Belmont Street has recalled its range of xxl tortelloni with spinach and ricotta, because the products labelling did not state the ingredients in English. The stuffed pasta sold in stores across the UK as part of a 'food special' contains egg, milk and gluten and is declared on the packaging in Spanish.

Villa Florence Transformed

View Original Article Tue, 26 May 2015 01:39:46 GMT

Villa Florence , conveniently located in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood, has undergone a renaissance worthy of its name. The dramatic transformation from classic into a contemporary and updated boutique property was inspired by the art, fashion and culture of Florence.

Counterfeit Italian food products face trade group scrutiny

View Original Article Mon, 25 May 2015 22:27:13 GMT

Not if you're using marinara sauce from a jar, regular supermarket pasta, everyday olive oil or - gasp - grated parmesan cheese, says Pasquale Bova, the Italian trade commissioner to Canada. And he warns it's a very serious economic issue hurting both Canadian taste buds and Italy's food export business.

Pala Pizza's new pal

View Original Article Mon, 25 May 2015 11:23:57 GMT

Good news for those whose stomping ground stretches to Silom: cravings for Pala Pizza Romana's authentic yet affordable Italian fare can now be satisfied without having to hop the tube to MRT Sukhumvit-BTS-Asok interlink, home of its ongoing original iteration. Though not quite as handy for strap-hangers, being in the ground floor back, former Bookazine slot at CP Tower , Pala Pizza Mk II is a doable dash from Sala Daeng.

Chef Mattia Stroppa is back

View Original Article Sun, 24 May 2015 16:19:52 GMT

FOR Italian Chef Mattia Stroppa, it is great to be back in the Philippines, specifically in Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark as its executive chef. He was here before, in the same place when it was called Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort, as Italian chef.

Black is back on the food scene, with chefs and bakers dramatising...

View Original Article Sun, 24 May 2015 04:54:20 GMT

In the palette of the food world, diners are normally attracted to buns baked to a golden brown, cakes studded with colourful berries, meats jazzed up with leafy greens and sauces that add pops of colour to a dish. Chefs and bakers are rolling out black food, ranging from buns to macarons to sushi, with the colour derived mainly from charcoal powder or squid ink.

Chef Nick Lama's Avo is now open for dinner

View Original Article Fri, 22 May 2015 19:23:32 GMT

Avo , the new Italian restaurant from chef Nick Lama , is now open, serving dinner daily at the former Martinique Bistro space. A great-grandson of Sicilian immigrants, Lama describes his food as "regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients."

Hoboken waterfront restaurant honors Sinatra

View Original Article Fri, 22 May 2015 12:07:31 GMT

Although many celebrations will commemorate Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday this year, no tribute to the beloved Hoboken native is as lasting as a restaurant dedicated to the crooner. Blue Eyes Restaurant, located on the Hoboken waterfront at 525 Sinatra Drive, opened its doors in late April and since has been in full swing, offering authentic and wood oven-made Italian dining with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.

Ten Best Meatballs in Miami

View Original Article Fri, 22 May 2015 08:01:02 GMT

We've got meatballs on the mind. These rolled wonders vary in size, composition, texture, price, and quantity, but when you break into a good ball, you just know.

Classic Italian Eats At Spaghetti Works

View Original Article Fri, 22 May 2015 04:54:13 GMT

Members of Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed some old fashioned wining and dining at Spaghetti Works' Ralston location. From a trip to their famous salad bar to tastes of pizza, lasagna and pesto tortellini, attendees had their fill of classic Italian cuisine at a beloved Omaha area restaurant.

 


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