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Food of Love. Pork tortellini en brodo.

Family tradition can mean something different to everyone. To me the meaning is deeply steeped in food…the smell, texture and of course taste of a ravioli in pink sauce or a layered al dente … [more]

Italian Wedding Soup with meatballs

This soup recipe is a favorite in our family. You don’t need to wait for a wedding to make it. [more]

Tomato sauce with sausage

Here is a simple dish for fresh tomato sauce with pasta made from whole tomatoes. It takes some time to simmer the sauce, but this process has the added benefit of making your home smell wonderful. … [more]

Tuna penne with rocket arugula and lemon

Our dear friend Jennie, who spent six months in Rome, came back with this amazingly delicious and simple recipe that is quintessential Roman. This Tuna penne with arugula and lemon recipe is one of … [more]

Champagne risotto

Here is a really nice variation on John’s Saffron risotto . The champagne brings a delicate sweetness to the rice. Better yet you can sip the leftover champagne while you are stirring that … [more]

Saffron risotto

This is a good simple risotto recipe. It goes particulaly well with Ossobuco alla Milanese . Serves about 4 [more]

Ossobuco alla Milanese

This is a traditional ossobuco recipe, but with a French twist. Although the Pernod liqueur appears to be a strong flavor, it mellows in the oven and blends in to create richness that makes this dish … [more]

A Taste of Sicily (arnos grove style)

I’d decide to stay. It was a risk I was willing to take for the greater good. I’m not a fan of fish, never have been, not since I ate an anchovy stuffed olive by accident when I was five. 21 … [more]

Chicken Florentine

This is a creamy, rich, flavorful chicken dish which is easy to make and easy to eat. I like to pair it with some egg-noodle linguini or other plain pasta. For best results, I marinate the chicken in … [more]

Lasagne

If there was a temple for lasagne, I would worship there as a devotee on a regular basis. (You can read more about my devotion to it here ). It is one of the most comforting of all foods, in my … [more]

Simply spaghetti

I was in Tuscany in a place of dreams. It was summer and, even though the sun had gone, it was still as warm as England’s hottest day. I sat on a terrace wondering if any view could be more … [more]

Pasta with Prawns

The other night I asked my daughter what we should make for dinner. We had guests coming over and I wanted to enlist her help. She is nearly six, but pretty good in the kitchen. She started with … [more]

Asparagus Pasta

Serves 2 large appetites, or 4 small ones [more]

Vegetarian Carbonara

Consider this Italian comfort food. It is the perfect dish for a rainy Sunday that’s got you feeling blah. It’s even better on a Murphy Monday when everything thing that could go wrong … [more]

Al Gelato

My husband makes some excellent ice cream, but Al Gelato does it even better. So if you love ice cream as much as I do, you must try the gelato here. It’s creamy, gooey and so flavorful — … [more]

Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery

This is an authentic italian deli, the only one I’ve found on the west side of LA. They make fresh italian bread on the premises — when you go, you can always pick up loaves that are hot … [more]

Tomato sauce with Italian Sausage

There’s nothing more comforting than a good tomato sauce. Not only is this perfect for the GreatGrub style of pinch, touch, dash cooking, but also it is wide open to interpretation. I suspect … [more]

Rustichella d’abruzzo

In my kitchen and for my family there is only one linguine that I use and that is rustichella d’abruzzo. It’s the only pasta that I’ve found that actually absorbs the delectable flavors of the … [more]

A passion for Italy and olive oil.

I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe for work and more often than not have let my stomach drag me to the kitchen to investigate recipes. I love meeting people and food is a great bonding tool. … [more]

Locanda Portofino

This is a romantic and intimate restaurant where the food is really a step above. Menu items that I wouldn’t consider ordering at other restaurants because I know I could cook better, I … [more]

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