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#1 LittleChef22

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 07:59 AM

What is everyone's favorite Italian recipes? I was reading an article in More magazine about writer Ann Hood, who grew up in an Italian family that took pride in their culinary traditions. The article included a few of her family recipes that I am dying to try out- like Gnocchi in tomato sauce, and Polenta with Kale. Any other Italian faves?

#2 Kevin72

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:00 PM

Tagliatelle with Ragu Bolognese, or Tagliatelle al' Ragu for short.

La Fiorentina: the enormous Tuscan porterhouse, grilled rare and hit with salt and olive oil.

Not strictly Italian per se, but a good roasted chicken smothered with rosemary.

#3 tupac17616

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:12 PM

tough to choose favorites, but a few I love..

pizza margherita

spaghetti alla carbonara

tortelli di zucca

bucatini all'amatriciana

trofie al pesto con patate e fagiolini

pansoti con salsa di noci

bistecca alla fiorentina

gelato al pistacchio di Bronte

zabaglione al marsala

#4 roosterchef21

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 01:26 AM

There isn't much that beats margherita pizza wise!

#5 Kevin72

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:26 AM

Yeah, um. What Tupac said.

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 09:12 PM

These dishes have become staples in my household:

Ragu alla Napoletana--I like that you end up with a whole roast to serve separately from the sauce and pasta.

Risotto alla Milanese--Creamy and rich, but simple to make.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara--Same as above.

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca--My husband loves this dish. Just don't tell him that it has anchovies.

Minestrone alla Romagnola--I feel virtuous eating all those vegetables.

Pork Loin Braised in Milk, Bolognese Style--Simple to make, minimal ingredients. My husband's Danish grandmother has requested this for Thanksgiving three years in a row.

Ciambella (from Marcella Hazan's "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking") I often flavor it with orange flower water.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 07:38 AM

Right now I'm eating a lot of pickled aubergines from Marcella's Italian Kitchen. They go great in sandwiches or in my lunch box. I often put some out with a bit of bread before dinner. I'm sorry that the season for them is over, or I'd make some more; I'll be sorry when they're all gone from my fridge.

Actually, I'd like to learn more about pickled vegetables in Italian cuisine.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 09:07 PM

Polenta with Kale or any other veggie is a very popular dish from Italy to Moldavia and throughout Romania and Bulgaria.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 02:37 AM

EAch region has dishes that make me go crazy!
For my Florentine hubbie I just made a Tuscan lasagna, which is one of the dishes I love to make when I go to the states for people.

will blog on it later today!
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#10 Eden

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 11:24 AM

mmm delicate italian lasagna with besciamella :wub: it's been far far too long since I had that.

my husband's favorite pasta dish is Penne all'Arrabbiata

On the sweet side I also love a good Tuscan Schiacciata all'Uva and Siennese Panforte
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#11 BarbaraY

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:41 AM

Oh! My! Like asking which your favorite child.

Spaghetti Putanesca

Carbonara

Osso Bucco with Polenta

Rissota of any kind

Gnocci any way

Ravioli stuffed with Ricotta and sweet basil in a simple butter sauce
Actually any stuffed pasta

Good lasagna

Focaccia bread

I could go on all day. I love Italian food

#12 BarbaraY

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 01:55 PM

Things I didn't think of in my last post:

Pork roast Arista

Saltimbocca

Minestrone

Panna Cotta

Bonet

Amaretti

#13 Libra20

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 02:35 PM

I'm currently obsessed with lasagna

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:11 PM

Osso Bucco with Polenta


ma dai! Surely you mean "with risotto alla Milanese"? Because that's just about the best.

And I'm always, always obsessed with pizza bianca.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:05 AM

Osso Bucco with Polenta


ma dai! Surely you mean "with risotto alla Milanese"? Because that's just about the best.

And I'm always, always obsessed with pizza bianca.

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Of course that's what I meant! Brain crash. :shock:

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 11:08 AM

Tortellini in Brodo
Lasagna Bolognese al Forno
Cotechino
Panna Cotta
Fried Baccala
Marinated Vegetables

And many ingredients that don't count as dishes:
- focaccia
- salumi
- lardo
- mozzarella di bufala

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 12:15 PM

These dishes have become staples in my household:


Spaghetti alla Carbonara--Same as above.


Pork Loin Braised in Milk, Bolognese Style--Simple to make, minimal ingredients.  My husband's Danish grandmother has requested this for Thanksgiving three years in a row.


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Ditto both of these, plus the onion butter tomato sauce.
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#18 BonVivant

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 06:44 AM

simplest is best, in this case... linguine with clams. extra garlic please. wash down with vinho verde.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:54 AM

Braciola alla Calabrese as prepared by my very good friend AnnaMaria Campagna.
She prefers veal but I like both the veal and beef versions.

She minces the pork for the filling in a Cuisinart so it is almost like a paste, makes bread crumbs from her own bread and uses a combination of pine nuts and walnuts, plus a combination of Romano and Asiago and some special giant sultanas she buys at a little market in her neighborhood.

I have the recipe and have prepared it myself but it never turns out as tasty as hers, especially when served with her home made fresh linguini.
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#20 Ore

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 02:16 PM

my favorites have to be the simple dishes...

pici is a delicious pasta... al ragu!
any boar sauce...ragu di cinghiale!
I love biscotti dipped in REAL vin santo
A simple board of mixed salumi (my faves are ER) culatello, prosciutto, copa di testa, spalla cotta, ciccioli, cicciolata, etc. etc!
At La Locanda di Bu we made an amazing Macaronara which is beyond this world (topped with amazing ricotta salata...YUM!)

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#21 cupbaker

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 12:15 PM

What is everyone's favorite Italian recipes?  I was reading an article in More magazine about writer Ann Hood, who grew up in an Italian family that took pride in their culinary traditions.  The article included a few of her family recipes that I am dying to try out- like Gnocchi in tomato sauce, and Polenta with Kale.  Any other Italian faves?

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Potatoe Ravioli with Smoked Ricotta Salatta(OOOOOOO make ya slap yo mamma)
Spaghetti Carbonara
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#22 LaMiaCucina

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:36 AM

So many good dishes!

I also love polpette e piselli served with boiled new potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper.

#23 antdad

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:09 AM

Pasta e broccoli except when my friend makes it an insists on adding butter, I'm a Southerner and it's a Southern dish.

#24 Cailyn Brown

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 11:09 PM

I don't know if you've heard about this or not. I went to a restaurant once. I'm very fond of sweets, so I ordered Cassata cake. The waiter said that it's an Italian dish. That was the day and hence forth every time I go to that restaurant I order this cake only. Really it's yummy. I tried to make it at home also, but couldn't make it as good as that restaurant. In general I'm fond of every Italian dish.
So say chears to these Italian cooks. :smile:

#25 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 06:00 AM

Focaccia alla salvia torn and dipped in real olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Ravioli di formaggio alla fungi
Spaghetti carbonara
Lasagne (using the recipe taught to my mother by her old Sicilian landlady - there must be tiny peperrones in it, or it's just not right)
Zabalione, and
Tiramisu!

I'm also fond of ingredients that aren't technically recipes in and of themselves:

Salami genovese
Parmagiano Reggiano
Provolone
Amalattea

ooh, the list goes on. I'm drooling!
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:58 PM

For me, it's a dish I don't make often enough and surprisingly, it's not pasta. :wink:

Bollito misto.

You know it better as the Italian version of New England boiled dinner.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 10:40 AM

Unquestionably it would have to be anything to do with vegetables. The last time I posted to this thread was in 2011 and I've broadened my experiences since then.

Stufato di verdure ("vegetable stew") is probably number one these days.

Cavolfiore con pomodoro ("cauliflower with tomato") is a second.

Then, there are the salads: insalata di funghi ("fennel and mushroom salad, with Parmgiano-Reggiano cheese") insalata di finocchio e arance ("fennel and orange salad"), insalata di zucchine e pomodoro ("zucchini and tomato salad").

Too many for me to name, but those are just a handful of things I look forward to.

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#28 gfweb

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 10:54 AM

Some are Ital-American

Chicken Parm, gnocci, gnudi, brasciole w sugo, antipasti, lasagna,

#29 rotuts

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:42 AM

Cannelloni al Forna   Time-life  'Foods of Italy" Rx  all ingredients must be purchased in 'little Italy'

 

saltinboca a la romana  also from the above and 'Little Italy'

 

Stuffed Shells, stuffed w ricotta and basil Parmesan etc  Meat sauce  Ground beef OK here    :blink:

 

Antipasti a must heavy on the thinly sliced cured meats

 

Lasagna   An early Test Kitchen Rx got rave reviews even from Italians Ive made i for.  The ones from Italy

 

 Stracciatella alla romana

 

Minestrone  a la Marcella Hazan

 

crusty bread, but probably not Italian   :huh:   French is good here.  for International Relations.

 

Zabaglione

 

burp.


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