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From historic recipes to contemporary original variations, the recipe collection includes history and instructions.



American Polpette

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 | 685 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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Molignane alla parmisciana

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 | 606 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 | 577 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 | 660 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 | 769 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 | 542 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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Amatriciana Sauce – Italy, 1950

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 | 689 views

Il Cucchiaio D’Argento was a massive volume of Italian recipes published in post-war Italy, and quickly became the kind of classic given to young couples as a wedding present.

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Large Meatball Home Style

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 | 554 views

American Meatballs

Ada Boni’s The Talisman Italian Cook Book is a classic of pre-war Italian cooking. When Metilda la Rosa published a post-war translation in English, it included a few additional recipes.

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Salsa del Papa

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 | 588 views

The Salsa del Papa, known as the Pope’s sauce but unrelated to the Vatican, is a loose marinara similar to Puttanesca sauce published by Pellegrino Artusi, the famous literary critic.

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Vermicelli with Olive-oil, Olives, Capers, and Anchovies – 1912

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 | 633 views

An early version of Puttanesca Sauce, this salty marinara style sauce was introduced by Antonia Isola’s Simple Italian Cookery, one of the first Italian cooking books printed in English.

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