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Posted 07/26/2012

Finish What You Started

We all know that Argentina probably has more Italians living there than Argentinians. My mind often wonders if an Italian was the actual creator of the Tango. It is a sex filled romp on the dance floor that climaxes at the end with the dip.
The moves embedded in the dance are very flirtatious and sexy, but its how the dance finishes that grabs the desires of women. The same can be said for how you finish a dish.

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Posted 07/24/2012

Welcome Home to Brooklyn: Local Beers Await

Welcome home, Gabriele and family. Can’t wait to see the next season of Extra Virgin!

Now that you’re back and living in Brooklyn, I thought I’d make a few local beer suggestions to chill out with. I’d of course start with a beer or three from The Brooklyn Brewery. As an aside, you should try to eventually meet the Brewmaster there, Garrett Oliver, if you haven’t already. He is an expert at pairing beers with food, which of course fits in nicely with you being a professional chef. Anyway, back to the beers. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/21/2012

The Italian Food Lover’s Guide to New York City

New York City— the epicenter, the melting pot, Rome itself according to John Lennon and as of late heralded as one of the best food cities in the world. It is a delicious adventure exploring the vast and thrilling food of this metropolis; I spent years doing just that. One could speak of New York with the same exuberance that Hemingway wrote of Paris, “a moveable feast.” For round every corner it seems a new and heady culinary experience. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/20/2012

Tortelli with Raveggiolo and Mixed Greens

This s a traditional dish of my area. Raveggiolo is a cheese produced locally in a farm ten miles from my home in Tuscany. My father, brother and me would always stop at the farm on our way home from our motorcycle rides and bring cheese back to my mom. It is a fresh cheese, very similar to ricotta, but slightly denser and the perfect consistency for stuffing pasta. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/05/2012

A Summer Wine in the Tuscan Twilight

Though I am an enthusiastic scholar of red wine, and I drink it about 90% of the time (full disclosure: I am drinking Petite Sirah as I write this), I love white wine in summer. This love affair began in college, when I first had the opportunity to taste something beyond the low-quality, oaky California chardonnay that was available to me at the time. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/04/2012

Red, White and Blue Beers for Independence Day

Independence Day is coming up (that’s the 4th of July for some of you). I decided to share a quick Red, White and Blue beer primer for those of you that want to drink some awesome beers for the holiday. No foreign suggestions today. I’m proud to be an American. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/26/2012

Culinary Aftershocks in Northern Italy

I awoke to the sound of glasses rattling and the bed shaking when yet another earthquake rocked northern Italy. I was there on vacation and, as irony would have it, to report on the culinary aftershocks of the frequent  terremoti to hit the region in the last several weeks.

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Posted 06/25/2012

Help! Italian Dishes Need American Beer Care Package

Gabriele and Debi recently left Los Angeles and moved back to Italy to shoot the next season of Extra Virgin. I saw a few pictures they posted on Twitter and I can’t help but feel a little jealous. Anyway, I was reading Gabriele’s latest recipes and decided to suggest a few beers that would work really well with them; after all, you are planning on trying to make them right? Also, though it’s too late for them to pack and take these beers with them, that doesn’t mean you can’t send a care package! Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/23/2012

Mamma Agata’s Cooking Experience on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

If you have never heard of the Amalfi Coast, let me assure you it is much more than the place where I got stung by a jellyfish. Even though that did happen, and it was terrible, yes, there is much more to the region; indeed it is one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal areas, and in a country that is by in large beautiful coastline, that’s saying something.

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