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WEEK 218 MENU: May 21-26, 2024

Piemonte, Risotto & Napoleon In their regional cuisines, Italians understand and celebrate their homegrown specialties, much of which are rooted in long traditions.  Piemonte is rich in ingredients ranging from the Alps to the rice paddies of its plains, to the manicured vineyards on the rolling hills of Le Langhe. Our menu this week showcases all of these, embellished with local folklore and historic battle stories.

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WEEK 217 MENU: May 14-19, 2024

Leave the gun, take the cannoli! Many Italian-Americans grow up thinking the specialties prepared by their grandmothers are authentically Italian.  Though certainly rooted in recipes from the “old country,” many were changed as immigrants adapted to their new home in America and to the ingredients they could find. “It is the memories and experiences the Italian immigrants brought with them, coupled with the products they found, that developed into today’s Italian-American cuisine,” says renowned Italian chef and author, Lidia Bastianich. Much of mainstream America was introduced to this immigrant culture through movies like “The Godfather.” This week’s menu highlights some of the most beloved dishes made famous by the movie.

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WEEK 216 MENU: May 7-12, 2024

Kicking off Festival Season in the Italian Riviera Italy's best kept food secret is the "sagra", a festival organized to show off the typical enogastronomic products of a particular area.  During the second week of May the "Sagra del Pesce" is held in Camogli, a stunning seaside village south of Genova on the Ligurian coast, also known as the Italian Riviera.  This week we pay homage to the coastal ingredients and spirit of this beautiful region and perhaps remember some of our own summer getaways and beachside picnics.

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WEEK 215 MENU: April 30-May 5, 2024

Spaghetti Westerns & Tuscan Cowboys The original cowboys were Italian!  Oh yes they were! The Butteri of southern Tuscany have been an intrinsic part of the Maremma area for centuries, riding and roping long-horned cattle on horseback.  Maybe that explains, in part, why Italians have always been intrigued with the American West. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, recognized as one of the top ten films of all time, was an Italian-made Western, emblematic of the widely popular genre of movies directed by Italian, Sergio Leone, in the 1960s and 70s that were ultimately dubbed "Spaghetti Westerns."  They were a stark depiction of the Old West, featuring characters who possessed both heroic and villainous traits, the most prominent being "The Man...

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WEEK 214 MENU: April 23-28, 2024

It's a Roman Holiday! The iconic Academy Award winning movie, Roman Holiday, helped to position post-war Italy as a mecca for film, fashion and modern culture.  A story of a nymph-like princess, played by Audrey Hepburn, it recounts her one glorious day on the lam in Rome in the 1950s.  But you can't talk of Rome without celebrating its food.  Because it lies in the center of the country, the cuisine of Rome draws from the distinctive cuisines of the north and the south, while still retaining a character of its own.   Our menu this week highlights some of Rome's most beloved and popular dishes - dishes that you will find in most every Roman Trattoria today. Will you join...

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