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Posted 01/12/2015

Almond and Coconut Granola

The smell of coffee and the first noises start to fill the our home around 6.30 am. Lampo lands on Debi’s side of the bed to get his first hug when I deliver her a first cup of Italian Jet Fuel, Giulia is always the first one out of bed and always very specific about what she wants for breakfast…. Evelina, oh well, I think she has figured how it is working on for her mom, so lately I have been asked to make coffee for her as well. “Can I have my coffee at 6.45 please? Just don’t turn on the bright light when you come in, thanks.” She is a total Downton Abby girl and she does not even know it! Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/12/2015

Fresh Peach Bellini

I know it’s a bit of a tease to post a recipe like this in January. Got Peaches? Here in Brooklyn not for sure, but what if…

On Wednesday’s episode of Extra Virgin, Debi and I have prepared this drink for our very special guest, Zac Posen. We have shot the episode last June, so we actually got to enjoy the recipe with seasonal fruit, and sure this is one delicious and elegant drink.

During these past Holidays though, I decided to try a spin-off recipe to celebrate a romantic dinner with Debi, and I have replaced peaches with pear. 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 01/06/2015

Vegetarian Lasagne

Every family has a very short list of recipes that are carefully executed only in certain times of the year; sometimes they are just too complicated or long in preparation to be made on a regular day, sometimes they belong to somebody’s birthday feast or to the New Year’s Eve table. It is wonderful to have recipes like this, for the whole family to throw down and spend a few hours in the kitchen together. It always makes for good memories. Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/06/2015

Seared Hanger Stake with Almond Sage Pesto

I almost never sear or grill meat in my kitchen, mostly just because I do not like to clean afterwards! Do not get me wrong (and you should know by now), I absolutely need meat to survive; it has to be of good quality and always cooked to perfection, possibly on a wood fire.

My favorite cuts though are usually thick and fatty, hence the sizzling fat-splashing-mess that this pieces of meat would produce if tossed into a pan over the stove. Since I am the only man in the house, and the girls like their meat but not at a “cave-man-like” level like their dad, I often have to compromise and ask my butcher for leaner cuts that I know would please everybody at dinner time. Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/05/2015

Eggplant Bruschetta with Shaved Pecorino

There is nothing better than the Holidays to teach us that being prepared ahead of a party is one of the true secrets of entertainment at home, especially when your menu is demanding or if many people are going to crash your pad!

In our home, regardless of the season, bruschetta is always a safe go-to-item to quench hunger in a simple, healthy and quick way. The simplicity of this traditional food item makes it ideal for any occasion, and combination of flavors are basically endless: cheeses, cold cuts, seared vegetables, and very often leftovers from the fridge.  Continue Reading…

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Posted 10/15/2014

Anise Shortbread with Coffee Glaze

Fall is finally here, and as much as we so love the flavors that define summer, we also thoroughly enjoy the way that starting to bake more than usual marks our calendar every year. Kids are back in school, the wardrobes have been switched, and as the days get shorter and all colors around are changing, it is absolutely  comforting having a few dozen warm cookies cooling off on a kitchen rack.

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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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