Le Zeppole Di San Giuseppe, Happy Father’s Day

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This Article on Le Zeppole di San Giuseppe is broken down into two parts, the first detailing the Pastry and the second detailing the actual Meaning of the Day.

THE ZEPPOLE
During the Middle Ages, there was drought and famine in Sicily. Praying to their Patron Saint Joseph, Sicilians begged for rain and promised a bountiful feast if they were rewarded with water. After their prayers were answered, the feast was Continue reading (845)

Capitalism Is The Great Equalizer

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There will be a series of articles I will write about Capitalism that right the wrong ideas of it. True Capitalism is Free Markets. But that’s for another discussion/article. In Italy, the 20 regions never got along too well. Some do; most don’t. Most of the South and Continue reading (2348)

Ribalta’s Spaghettoni al Pomodoro

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Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant, I usually order Pasta with Tomato Sauce to see if they can pull off this basic, yet very complex, dish. I do a similar thing when I go to Neapolitan pizzerias and order the classic Margherita. Those two dishes are the Continue reading (1506)

Gnocco Fritto

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I am not exaggerating when I say that one of the best things I have ever eaten is Gnocco Fritto. A specialty of Emilia Romagna, this is not to be confused with the pasta that we all are familiar with called Gnocchi (small potato dumplings). To make it even more confusing, there is also a dish called Continue reading (797)

My Doni Tondo, Dinner at Felidia, And Tons of Coincidences

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Life is bizarre and full of pain. Sometimes you get what you always dreamed of, probably because you have envisioned it for years and have played it over and over in your head. I wanted a wife from Italy, believing the best come from Naples and also Salerno. Would you believe I found one that is born and raised EXACTLY IN BETWEEN BOTH Napoli and Salerno??? There are so many other things that I had to wait long and hard for, and some I have yet to get…and may never get.

Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo is a painting which has haunted me my whole Life. When I finally got to Florence in the Continue reading (1926)

Interview of the Week : Mike Colicchio

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Social Media is weird. You can get to know someone without ever meeting that person face to face. And you end up “meeting” them online but sometimes will end up forgetting how you guys met and through which mutual friend. But when that person is Mike Colicchio, who cares how you met? The daily posts of his Continue reading (2950)

The Nick Stellino Dinner at Emilio’s Ballato

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I get a message CC’d to me by Mike Colicchio about organizing a bunch of fellow troublemakers to honor Nick Stellino with a dinner. It was Mike’s great idea and the the job of making it happen was given to the Men Who Dine, Alan Watts and Gennaro Pecchia. The plan was to go all out. Get dressed to impress and meet on Continue reading (2928)