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Spaghetti with mussels

Mussels are one of my many favorites—and I don’t mean body muscles! When many think of mussels, they think only of appetizers, but this shellfish has many uses: in red sauce, white sauce, seafood pizzas, etc. Mussels are very popular in all of the coastal regions of Italy and are delicious served with pasta. This simple dish … More

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Paglia e Fieno

As all of my readers know, I’m into pasta. I love pasta. I can eat it every day. And I’m not just talking about spaghetti with meatballs—we’re talking about real food, especially when it comes to cream sauce. This dish, which uses cream sauce, is very simple to make, but you must take … More

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Zucchini parmesan

This month I’m sharing a really simple and healthy dish for the summer, designed especially for vegetarians. I’d also like to introduce you to the future of the pizza industry. His name is Robert Aguanno, and he’s the grandson of Joe Ferrara at Marsal & Sons. At only nine years old, he already spends a … More

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Risotto alla Susie

Most of the Italian recipes I see today are for pizza and pasta, but I’ve done some research and found that rice is actually a bigger seller—which makes sense, because rice is eaten around the world. It could even be more popular than pizza or pasta. So, while pizza is still No. 1 … More

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Eggplant penne bake

Those who’ve spent time in Sicily may recall that eggplant is a popular ingredient in many dishes. My brother, a chef who lives in Palermo, loves to make this eggplant penne bake for the events he caters. The first time I tried it was at a wedding I attended in Palermo; it was made … More

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Chef Bruno: calabrese pizza

To shake things up a bit, I thought I’d showcase a pizza that originated in Calabria, Italy, just a stone’s throw away from my Sicilian birthplace. I didn’t know much about this pizza until my friend Peter Calabrese, a New York pizza maker originally from Calabria, told me a little more about it … More

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New York’s finest: tuna-stuffed bell peppers

This month, we’re going to talk about peppers. They come in many shapes and colors, but red bell peppers are my favorite and are usually liked by most. Since peppers are internationally known, they can go with almost any type of cuisine. I’m going to show you a very simple dish I … More

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New York’s finest: silence your cells!

Almost all of us got our start working in a pizzeria for someone else. You can probably remember how much you hated “company policies,” but now that you’re an owner, you better understand why they were put in place. There are reasons why we don’t want people in the kitchen wearing rings or dangling … More

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Bruschetta and the basic art of Italian cooking

Bruschetta is a food that originated in central Italy. In Tuscany, Bruschetta is called fettunta — which literally means ‘oiled slices’. In the U.S., we tend to think of Bruschetta mainly as grilled slices of Italian bread with fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and garlic. In Italy, it is one … More

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Smart pies

In preparation for this article, I thought long and hard about “healthy” pizza and I have arrived at this conclusion: when it comes to pizza, healthy is more a state of mind than adhering to a rigid dietary regimen. Diets come and diets go, but pizza will always remain popular. … More

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Healthy Pizza? Definitely.

Pizza can be a wonderfully nutritious and healthy meal,” emphasizes Anita Jones, MPH, president and CEO of Healthy Dining. What is healthy? Jones explains that a healthy meal is full of nutrient-rich ingredients, while balanced in calories, fat, carbohydrates and protein. Healthy meals include plenty of fresh fruits and/or vegetables, … More

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Creating a grab-and-go concept with desserts

No order is complete without a hint of dessert. Italian desserts have satisfied the sweet tooth of people all over the world for centuries, and for your pizzeria, there's no easier way to make a little extra. Usually composed of whipped cream or Marscapone cheese, crepes, and liqueur, these tasty … More