Food & Ingredients

Breaking bread

A decade ago, if you thought of the word “artisan,” images of craftspeople and their trades—glassblowing, ceramics or woodwork, perhaps—might come to mind. But the term “artisanal” now, more than ever, applies to the culinary arts, including bread making. The artisanal trend has been growing for years, with an explosion of self-proclaimed foodies demanding everything from … More

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Stuffed pizza

I was on the phone with a client from Chicago one day discussing pizza, and he asked if I ever make Chicago-style pizza. I told him yes, and I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Once I planned out the ingredients, I went shopping and put it all together—and those who … More

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Spaghettini zucchini

In light of the immense heat we’ve been experiencing throughout the country, I figured everyone might be craving a light, refreshing meal to wind down the summer. I was in my pool the other day, getting hungry and pondering a summertime dish that was easy to prepare and light in calories. My … More

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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

Food & Ingredients

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