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Posted 01/21/2015

Extra Virgin Season 5 – “James Beard Supper”

I am often asked what inspires me when I use food to entertain, when I develop recipes for my jobs, or whenever I cook for my girls at home. It is not an easy answer. I did not attend culinary school, I did not slave for a decade on a famous chef’s line, and in all honesty I have never thought that food would become for me, one day, the exact medium to express my artistry… or become a job at all for that matter.

I grew up in the country, surrounded by farmers, hunters and their wives: for the most part short hairy ladies with old school names like Rosa, Guendalina and Renata. They were rugged to the impossible, never appeared tired, and always had a new joke to tell me… very often totally politically incorrect! Their hands were small and delicate, ideal to produce the tiniest and most succulent tortellini, but also as strong as a nutcracker and heavy as hammers when butchering a boar or harvesting roots from the vegetable garden. They were and always will be, along with my mother and grandmother the best cooks I ever met in my life. Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/14/2015

Extra Virgin Season 5 – “Deb’s Fashion Show”

I have been a friend and admirer of Zac Posen since his debut in the fashion world. He is a true New Yorker, super smart, uber chic, and crazy talented. It’s not just his gowns that I swoon over, it’s his cooking!!! We follow each other on Instagram, and he posts his culinary creations constantly. They are mouth watering, creative, healthy, and always served on his beautiful China. Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/07/2015

Extra Virgin Season 5 Premiere – “A Gift to the Neighborhood”

Extra Virgin is 5 years old today. The girls have been growing older, changed city and schools, found new friends, and learned what is like to live in a real neighborhood, Brooklyn that is. Debi and I are happily in love, tired at moments but very excited about what we have been able to accomplish together, since all of this started on Youtube almost a decade ago.

Our first book “Extra Virgin, Love and Recipes from our Tuscan Kitchen” has gathered great reviews and even made it into the NYT Best Seller list, Debi and I are humbled and grateful by the way people have accepted us into their homes, and on their kitchen’s book shelves.

Before moving to New York City I have never lived in a city neighborhood. Growing up in a Tuscan farm sounds impossibly romantic now that I am in my  forties, but as a growing child it actually was a somewhat frustrating experience.

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Posted 10/02/2014

The Tuscan Gun – Dinner Series in Brooklyn – Round #02

Damn I am tired! These past two weeks have been a real grinder, but oh we had so much fun. I want to thank fans and friends that visited us in the small space we rented for the first round of dinners. Some of you came for very far away, and truly left me speechless because of your love and excitement… in all honesty, I did not expect all this to explode the way it did. An opportunity to meet and dine together has transformed itself into some sort of pilgrimage to Brooklyn: who drove from Orlando (yes, Florida) to come celebrate their Wedding Anniversary, who flew from Atalanta (I know you had milage and flew for free, but still!) and who decided to favor the train while coming from upstate NY or Philadelphia, so they could enjoy all the food and the wine without worries! To all of you, THANK YOU!!!  Continue Reading…

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Posted 09/02/2014

SOLD OUT – Extra Virgin Cook Book \ Pop Up Dinners in Brooklyn – SOLD OUT

It has been a long summer. The girls and I have returned from Italy a couple of weeks ago; we finished shooting the 5th Season of Extra Virgin and we also enjoyed a few glorious days of vacation with friends and family.

We have returned ready to hit it hard. Debi has a new TV series that will start shooting this September, we are getting ready to film an Extra Virgin Thanksgiving Special episode for Cooking Channel and the New York Wine and Food Festival is quickly approaching. Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/29/2014

Extra Virgin: Season 4 Premiere and Cook Book

It all started almost a decade ago, with a short manuscript: The Tuscan Cookbook for the Pregnant Male. It was an attempt on my part to start collecting family recipes and stories for my unborn first child. When Deborah got pregnant with Evelina I did realize very soon how different it was going for us as a family to raise children; we did not have any family in LA, no farmland for my kid to explore freely, no Tuscanity to absorb or “take for granted”, the way it was for me growing up. I felt the necessity of preserving and passing along to my kid everything I knew, all I could remember from growing up, all the smells, flavors and colors of the land I left behind; it was all of a sudden just a matter of finding the right medium to do so. Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/27/2013

Below The Line – Day 5 But what if today…

Our family Below The Line experience has come to an end. We survived for 5 days with a $37.50 budget for food, for 5 people. But I almost feel it does not count; it is easy to “sacrifice” a week of your lifestyle if you can see the finish line approaching from day one. Yes indeed knowing that this experience was going to have a very short and minimal impact in our lives helped us stay on track during this very odd week.  Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/25/2013

Below The Line – Day 4 An Apple A Day

Breakfast-coffee for Gabriele and I, a slice of homemade fresh bread, with butter for all. For the kids-a glass of diluted milk (to stretch it) .Packed the kids off to school with their Mortadella sandwiches. We have chosen mortadella, since we like it ,and its cheap. I gave each child my extra slice, so that they would have some protein to help focus at school. My older daughter has her NY state school tests this week. She has been nervous, and I feel bad that I chose this week to do the campaign. Children need a balanced diet to perform well in school, and even if I have to eat less, I refuse to allow her grades to suffer from being hungry. Im giving her my share of food. Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/24/2013

Below The Line – Day 3 Feeling the effects

I will be short. I am tired. I am hungry. It’s dull. Very different from all the other times in life I usually say “I am hungry”. This is like an anesthesia that is progressively conquering me.

Monday was the euphoria of the beginning. Tuesday was the “look, we are not doing so bad” day. This morning I kept active and committed. I had my lunch of one slice of bread and one slice of mortadella, one glass of leftover broth from last night with an egg scrambled in it. It helped until I started yawning around 3 pm. From that moment on it has been a slow downfall until now. Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/23/2013

Below The Line – Day 2 It is already a waiting game!

We are all hungry here. Waiting patiently for our only real meal of the day. Evelina skipped lunch at school (she did not like their pizza) so she had a slice of bread and mortadella… the mortadella is already finished! Giulia, my youngest is zoning out in front of the TV, she asked for a snack. Guess what “Here’s a slice of bread!”. Continue Reading…

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