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Red Sauce Restaurant Chefs Launch Contemporary Red Sauce Cookbook, Italian American

By on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 at 8:18 am | 538 views

Italian American cookbook with sauce on the background

Available today is a new Italian-American inspired cookbook from Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, who teamed up with Jamie Feldman, a cookbook writer and editor. Italian American: Red Sauce Classics and New Essentials: A Cookbook promises a modern take on classic red sauce recipes.

Rito grew up in an Italian-American neighborhood in Cleveland, the granddaughter of a Sicilian baker. After moving to New York City and working at Mario Carbone’s Torrisi Italian Specialities, and and Tacienlli opened Don Angie.

Tacinelli worked at Quality Meats before partnering with Rito. They opened a reverse speakeasy in the East Village where the bar hid a restaurant behind it.

Don Angie took New York City by storm. Gothamist has some beautiful photographs of the restaurant and the food.

The restaurant has been a focal point of reviving red sauce cuisine, although the New York Times explains that they “trample on tradition when they feel like it.”

The new cookbook promises to further revive the cuisine in home kitchens. Whether it heralds a new red sauce renaissance remains to be seen.

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