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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 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 04/13/2013

Live Below The Line – Join The Challenge April 29th to May 3rd, 2013

I grew up in a farm, in the heart of Tuscany. For the first 2 decades of my life I did not know any better, or any worse. Life was good, food was always on the table and its quality was superb at any given meal; that’s just the way it was. I was extremely spoiled, just did not know it yet.

Eventually I started traveling as a musician: Brazil, Cuba, Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe. It appeared clear to me very soon that in many of the countries I visited people perceived me as a privileged human being. That did not necessarily carried a bad connotation with it, it just altered slightly the way that ordinary people interacted with me; for many kids I have met while on the road, a single dollar out of my pocket always meant much more that I ever thought possible. Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/16/2013

Give Kids Roots, Watch Them Grow

24th Street Elementary School kids are sowing, tilling and planting in Los Angeles.  They harvest.  They clean.  They cook.  And no, they aren’t striving to become future farmers of America.  This is all just a part of the curriculum at the Garden School Foundation whose charitable mission is “dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary program of education through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms.”  And there’s no better place for an outdoor classroom than LA where we get more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.  Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/29/2012

SoBe Wine and Food Festival: Swine & Wine

Sunday afternoon, my wife and I went to one of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival events. We attended Swine & Wine, an event at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables hosted by none other than Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar. I asked Gabriele if he could help me get media passes a few weeks ago and he totally came through for me. Thanks again, G. The best part of the afternoon was the giant hug I got when I introduced myself! And I’m sure I have one of the only autographed menus around. Continue Reading…

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Posted 10/04/2011

Introducing, PEACE AND PASTA!

It’s funny what can inspire an idea. Sometimes it’s pure chance. A conversation. A picture. A sequence of unrelated events. Each potentially random, and each perfectly capable of coming together, making sense and planting the seed for something good to grow. Other times, it can be out of necessity. Sometimes, it’s a combination of both. When it comes to the reason behind the Peace and Pasta Apparel Line, I would say it is an equal amount of luck, dedication and your help. Many designs are in fact the direct result of social media interaction; I went straight into twitter and bluntly asked for help. And help came.

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Posted 09/20/2011

Come celebrate with us at the New York City Wine and Food Festival

In a little less than 2 weeks Debi and I will be in NYC, attending the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival.

This spectacular weekend of culinary events will satiate any hunger and satisfy the most demanding palates, and we are excited and honored to be part of it. It will be a very intense and action packed three days, and tickets are being sold real fast. If you care to join us and attend our culinary demonstration (it will be all about Porcini Mushrooms), or if you like Caviar and would like to celebrate and party on a Manhattan rooftop, please check out the following links and make sure you secure tickets for you, your friends, and your grandmother!

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