Red Sauce How Italian Food Became American




The Mayor’s Amatriciana

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Monday, June 27th, 2022 | 48 views

Italian celebrity chef Carlo Cracco created quite a stir when he suggested a secret ingredient his version of Spaghetti alla Amatriciana. He added garlic.

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What Do Pants Have to Do With Pizza?

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 | 123 views

Pants and pizza come together to make calzone

You might be wondering what a pair of pants and a pizza has to do with calzone.

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Aragosta Fra Diavolo

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2022 | 75 views

Aragosta is the Italian term for lobster. Lobster fra Diavolo is an American invention. So what the heck is Aragosta Fra Diavolo?

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American Polpette

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 | 57 views

American Meatballs

American-style meatballs served over spaghetti was invented by immigrants arriving in the United States. Typically, Italian meatballs were served separately rather than alongside spaghetti.

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Cookbook: Where to Dine in Thirty-Nine

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 | 50 views

Where to dine in thirty-nine is an essential cookbook of the era

New York City has always been a city of restaurants. Diane Ashley collected recipes from restaurants across the city offering a unique snapshot of what diners were eating.

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Molignane alla parmisciana

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 | 32 views

Eggplant parm

An early version of eggplant parmigiana from the 19th century, published in dialect, Molignane alla parmisciana is perhaps the first evidence of the origin of the modern dish.

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Vodka Rosse

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 | 61 views

This vodka and cream sauce comes from an American cookbook, but based on recipes collected in Italy.

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Before Fettuccine Alfredo, There Was Macaroni with Butter and Cheese

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 | 104 views

Fettuccine Alfredo is actually just cheese and butter -- not a drop of cream

Fettuccine Alfredo is a rich, creamy tasting pasta dish. The simple recipe of butter and cheese is a richer, more indulgent version of a basic pasta dish.

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Is This Chicken Dish The Italian Origin of Lobster Fra Diavolo?

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 | 72 views

Pollo al diavolo was a precursor to the lobster fra diavolo that became so famous in Italian American restaurants

Pellegrino Artusi’s La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene includes a version of chicken diavolo that might be related to the more famous American dish, Lobster fra diavolo.

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No. 282 Braised Meat Balls

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 | 52 views

Italian-style meatballs served with tomato sauce were one of the few “ethnic” dishes included in the War Department cooking technical manuals in World War II.

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