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Eggplant Snapper

Eggplant Wrapped Snapper

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Wrapping the fish in eggplant makes a really great presentation that your dinner guests will talk about for a long time.

Insalata Italiana (11)

Insalata Italiana

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Easy

Pancetta is essentially an unsmoked Italian "bacon". It adds a great, salty element to the flavors in the salad and a little extra crispy texture too.

Eggplant Rotolo Final

Ricotta Stuffed Eggplant Rolls

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Easy

These warm eggplant rolls are a favorite in my restaurant. You can prepare them the day before and heat them right before serving.

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Olive Oil Poached Fingerling Potatoes

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Poaching potatoes in Olive Oil allows the potatoes to take on an incredibley buttery flavor without the addition of any butter or cream. I love fingerlings because of their natural sweetness.

Prosciutto and Apricot Bruschetta

Prosciutto and Apricot Bruschetta

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Medium

You can make this jam out of apricots, peaches, plums or nectarines. When making jams and preserves, always use fresh fruit for the purest, freshest flavor.

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Pasta and Peas!

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

My father's signature pasta, the combination of pancetta and peas is classic.

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Avocado, Cherry Tomato and Lupini Salad

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

This summer salad makes a fantastic starter or a side dish. These flavors meld so well together and the lupini beans are a wonderful al dente addition.

Lemon and Caper Sole

Whitefish Lemon and Capers

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Dipping the filet in egg helps it hold together durring the cooking process and adds a great texture to the dish.

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Risotto with Lamb Sausage and Peas

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Medium

Sweet peas, salty pecorino and gamey lamb sausage come together in this flavorful Italian rice dish.

Chicken Milanese

Chicken Milanese

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

The fresh lemon juice in the salad cuts right through the crispy chicken giving you an incredibly fresh chicken entree.

Stufato di Mare

Seafood Stew Over Polenta

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

I love a good, hearty seafood stew. If you don't want to serve it with polenta, cut up some potatoes and add them into the stew for a hearty meal.

Focaccia

Focaccia

Serves 1 | Difficulty: Medium

I love a good focaccia. This oily, flavorful bread is the perfect accompaniment to any antipasto platter.

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Basic Pasta Dough

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Medium

You can use this rich, golden pasta dough for all cuts of home made pasta and ravioli.

Shaved Fennel Salad 2

Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad with Prosciutto

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

When segmenting the orange, make sure you save all of the juice that falls well cutting it. The orange juice cuts through the fattiness of the prosciutto and gives a wonderful brightness to the dish.

Tortellini in Brodo (1)

Tortellini in Brodo

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Tortellini in brodo is a fantastic combination of a soup and a pasta. Using a rich, flavorful chicken stock makes all of the difference in this dish.

Lamb Osso Buco with Butternut Squash (5)

Lamb Osso Buco

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Using lamb shanks is a really nice twist on osso buco. The tough shank meat slow cooks to a "fall off of the bone" consitency.

Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes

Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Easy

The best thing about these mashed potatoes is there is no butter or cream. Olive oil is emulsified into the potatoes for an unforgetable flavor.

Lobster Gnocchi

Lobster and Shrimp Gnocchi

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Chunks of shrimp and lobster simmered in a rich lobster cream sauce makes an amazing dish. Tossing in feathery gnocchi finish it off beautifully.

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Ricotta Gnocchi

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

I love ricotta gnocchi because you can make the batch and then freeze them. Ricotta gnocchi, while extremely light and fluffy, are much easier to work with than traditional potato gnocchi.

Gnocchi with Braised Pork and Fennel Final

Gnocchi with Pork and Fennel Ragu

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Sweet fennel and tender pork pair beautifully with the gnocchi. You can make this sauce ahead of time and heat it up when you are ready to serve the gnocchi.

Italian Sausage

Home Made Italian Sausage

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Medium

The nice thing about making your own sausage is that you can season it to your liking. It can be as spicy or garlicy as you wish!

Rigatoni Marinara (3)

Marinara Sauce

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

I like to make a big batch of this sauce at home and freeze it in smaller containers for future use. A good marinara sauce is a great base for many Italian dishes.

Chicken with Mushrooms and Port

Chicken With Mushrooms and Port Wine

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Sweet port wine and woodsy mushrooms come together in this braised chicken dish for something you will never forget.

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

The natural sweetness of cooked zucchini really comes out in these fritters. I like to serve them with some marinara sauce as a dipping sauce.

Wild Mushroom Risotto (2)

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Fresh porcini mushrooms are so expensive and hard for the average person to find, so I use dry porcini. The dry porcini add a nice, earthy flavor, while the other mushrooms give a meaty texture.

Pappardelle with Pancetta and Vegetables

Pappardelle with Pancetta and Vegetables

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Be sure to let your pasta simmer with the sauce for a minute or two. This helps to bind the sauce and introduce a slightly starchy flavor to the dish.

Malloreadus

Gnocchiette with Sausage, Mushrooms and Peas

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Mushrooms, sausage and peas are a classic Sardegnan combination. And combined with these gnochhiette, also known as Malloreadus, a beautiful meal is made.

Endive Salad

Endive Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Bitter Endive with sweet apples, figs and smokey bacon come together to make an unforgettable salad.

Roasted Pork Loin with Fig Jus (3)

Roasted Pork Loin with Fig Jus

Serves 3 | Difficulty: Medium

The depth of flavors in this dish come out from the brining of the pork. The subtle hints of orange and juniper go beautifully with the figs and port wine.

Panelle (10)

Panelle

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Panelle are a Sicilian garbanzo (ceci) bean fritter similar to fried polenta. You can find people all over the streets of Sicily frying these things up and making sandwiches or simply eating them as they are.

Butternut Squash Capellacci (3)

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

When making the brown butter for this sauce, it is important not to burn the butter. We cook it to a golden brown color with a nutty aroma. If the butter is burned, a greasy flavor comes through the dish.

Rib Eye

Rib Eye Steak with Balsamic Glaze

Serves 2 | Difficulty: Easy

After the steak is roasted I like to baste it with a little brown butter and balsamic. This can all be done in the same pan for ease of preparation.

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Parmigiano Gnocchi

Serves 8 | Difficulty: Medium

These fluffy, delicate gnocchi are perfect to accompany a light sauce. The Parmigiano adds a touch of nuttiness to the dough that differentiates these gnocchi from standard potato ones!

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House Salad

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

This very light, simple salad is a great starter or finisher to any meal.

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Creamy Polenta

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Polenta makes a wonderful side for both meat and fish. You can chill your left over polenta, slice it and pan fry it for yet another great side dish!

Prosciutto and Squash

Grilled Acorn Squash with Smoked Prosciutto

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Roasted acorn squash is a beautiful, nutty vegetable with a hint of sweetness. The smoked prosciutto, also refered to as speck, brings a wonderful depth to an already great salad.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Truffle Espresso Cake

Serves 8 | Difficulty: Easy

This decadent cake is sure to be a hit with it's smooth texture rich taste. The bitterness of the dark chocolate and espresso pair beautifully together.

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli (1)

Orecchiette With Sausage and Broccoli

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Spicy crumbled Italian sausage and broccoli makes the perfect pasta entree. You can substitute mild sausage, but I love the spicy kick!

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Escarole Salad with Pancetta Vinaigrette

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Meaty escarole is enrobed by the poached egg yolk in this rustic, yet refined salad.

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Medium

Calabrian Chili Peppers are amazing little peppers with a spicy vinegar flavor. They really brighten up the dish and add a little bite to the chicken.

Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta (6)

Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

This fig jam goes great on bruschetta, with grilled pork, or even in certain pastries.

Red Pepper Green Bean and Goat Cheese Risotto

Goat Cheese Risotto with Roasted Peppers and Green Beans

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Topping the risotto with goat cheese counters the sweetness of the roasted peppers and green beans with a nice tang.

Gnocchi with Oxtail

Oxtail Ragu

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Challenging

Oxtails are an old Italian classic. They are more readily available at grocery stores now due to their growing popularity.

Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant Caponata

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Caponata is a Sicilian "sweet and sour" eggplant dish. It makes a wonderful side dish or a topping for a bruschetta.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Bruschetta (1)

Tomato and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Adding the goat cheese and olives to the bruschetta give a fun twist to a classic dish. This simple appetizer is sure to be a big hit at parties and dinners.

Stuffed Patty Pans

Stuffed Patty Pans

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Jumbo patty pans are perfect for this squash appetizer. If you can't find patty pans big enough, just substitute yellow squash for them.

Pot Roast

Pot Roast

Serves 3 | Difficulty: Medium

A good pot roast is the perfect food for a cold winter's night. It is a "one pot shot" as we call it because it has the meat, vegetables and potatoes all in one.

Fusilli with Sausage

Fusilli with Sausage, Mushrooms and Peas

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

The combination of spicy sausage, mushrooms and sweet peas is heavenly.

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Home Made Mozzarella

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Challenging

Pulling your own Mozzarella can make all of the difference in your salad or sandwich. You can but the cheese curds from your local Italian cheese market or deli.

Porchetta Final

Stuffed Pork Roast “Porchetta”

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Challenging

Porchetta is a classic, slow roasted pork roast. I love this dish for parties and holidays because it is such a unique entree.

Carpaccio

Beef Carpaccio

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Thinly pounded raw beef with a citrus arugula salad is a classic Italian appetizer. Make sure to buy fresh beef when making carpaccio.

Prime Rib

Prime Rib

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

With any roast, allow the meat to rest for about 20 minutes after cooking before slicing. This allows the meat to relax and reabsorb some of the moisture lost durring the roasting process.

Butternut Squash Risotto with Spiced Wine

Butternut Squash and Mascarpone Risotto

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Butternut squash and fresh sage are the perfect fall combination. The squash will sweeten the risotto nicely as it cooks with the rice.

Roasted Mushroom and Mozzarella Bruschetta (8)

Roasted Mushroom and Mozzarella Bruschetta

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Easy

I love the combination of roasted mushrooms and fresh mozzarella. Make your mushroom and mozzarella mix ahead of time and put it on your bread as the guests arrive!

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 12 | Difficulty: Easy

You can substitute any type of squash for this soup (acorn, spaghetti, pumpkin, etc.) but I love butternut squash the best.

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Meatballs

Serves 24 | Difficulty: Easy

There is nothing better than a good meatball! This recipe is a standard Italian meatball recipe, but you can modify it any way you like.

Short Rib Manicotti

Short Rib Manicotti

Serves 20 | Difficulty: Challenging

Short ribs are one of my favorite cuts of meat to cook with. They have a great amount of flavor and can cook to be the most succulent filling for ravioli or manicotti.

Tuscan Beans

Tuscan Beans

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

These buttery beans pack an incredible amount of flavor. Be sure not to let them boil hard or they will begin to break apart.

Pork Shoulder Final

Pork Brine

Serves 1 | Difficulty: Easy

A brine is a useful tool. It is a salt and sugar solution used to infuse flavor into meats. You can adjust the herbs and spices to any flavors you like... this combination is my favorite for pork.

Gorgonzola Filet Final

Filet with Gorgonzola Crust

Serves 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Blue cheese and steak go wonderful together. A good, charred piece of meat topped with tangy blue cheese are a perfect pairing.

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Risotto with Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

I love the fresh summer flavors of this risotto. Frozen corn is okay for this recipe, but there is no comparison to cooking it fresh.

Gorgonzola and Dates

Gorgonzola and Dates

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Tangy gorgonzola cheese with sweet dates is an amazing combination. I like to add walnuts for a bit of texture and crunch.

Dough (3)

Savory Crepes

Serves 20 | Difficulty: Medium

These crepes are easy to make and perfect for manicotti. You could kick them up by putting some fresh herbs in the batter to compliment your choice of filling.

Linguini and Clams White (1)

Linguine and Clams

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Make sure to use fresh clams for this pasta. I prefer smaller clams like little necks or cockles because they have a much sweeter meat.

Prosciutto and Figs Final

Prosciutto and Figs

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

There are a few Italian dishes that are just perfect... sweet, fresh figs and salty prosciutto is one of them. The most beautiful thing about this dish is the simplicity.

Pappardelle Bolognese

Bolognese Sauce

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Bolognese is a ground meat sauce accented with tomatoes. A heavier pasta like rigatoni or pappardelle pairs perfectly with this sauce.

Smoked Prosciutto and Apple Salad (1)

Arugula, Apple and Prosciutto Salad

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Salty prosciutto and crisp apples work so well together... and a peppery arugula cuts right through the sweetness.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Easy

This sweet and nutty dressing is a perfect accompaniment to a nice salad, grilled chicken, or roasted vegetables!

Pollo al Mattone

Pollo al Mattone

Serves 2 | Difficulty: Medium

Pollo al Mattone means "chicken under a brick". We don't actually use a brick, but instead press the chicken while it is cooking to release all moisture from the skin to leave behind a crispy, delicous skin.

Beet Salad with Apples

Roasted Beet Salad with Apples

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Roasted beets and apples are one of my favorite combinations. Add some salty ricotta salata and you have great dish!

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Crab Legs with Anchovy Vinaigrette

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

I love crab legs! King crab legs, in my opinion, have the best meat and the subtle sweetness of the anchovies is the perfect compliment.

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Baccala, Potato and Olive Salad

Serves 6 | Difficulty: Medium

You really need to let your cod soak for 2-3 days to remove all of the saltiness. Then a light poach will give you an unforgettable salad!

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Bucatini Caccio E Pepe

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

A classic Roman pasta that combines the spiciness of black pepper and the sweet, saltiness of pecorino is sure to please the advanced palate.

Pizza Flour

Pizza Sauce

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

This is a simple and classic pizza sauce from Naples. You can spice it up any way you like, but the true Napoletanos believe this is all a pizza sauce should be made of.

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Cream of Mushroom and Parmigiano Soup

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Any combination of mushrooms will work in this creamy soup. And the addition of parmigiano... priceless!

Lemon Granita

Lemon Granita

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Shaved Italian ice is the perfect summer time treat. You can make any flavor granita you want and keep it in the freezer.

Red Wine Rissoto

Red Wine Risotto with Asiago

Serves 4 | Difficulty: Medium

Making this risotto with mostly red wine gives an amazing color to the rice and a wonderful red wine taste.