Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food

Sample recipes from Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food

Artichoke Fritto with Yogurt and Mint

This is my version of one of my favorite Roman foods: carciofi alla giuda, whole fried artichokes in olive oil. They’re served at outdoor...

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Crispy Calamari Salad with Arugula, Fennel, and Lemon Sauce

On my first trip to Tokyo, I had this great fried calamari over seaweed with a spicy mayonnaise-based sauce. Later that year, I was sitti...

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Tomato Risotto

I’ve been doing variations on this dish for the past ten years–sometimes getting really crazy, cooking the tomatoes for one dish five dif...

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Marinated Chicken Alla Griglia

This is a simple marinated chicken–I used to make it all the time at home. The first time I tried this baby out, one of my cooks said to ...

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Black Bass with Sicilian-Style Pesto

For years, I thought Sicilian pesto was some weird, made-up American sun-dried-tomato abomination. It wasn’t until my first trip to Sicil...

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Potatoes Girarrosto-Style

These were inspired by the potatoes I ate during my long, cold, wet, dark winter in Torino–the ones that sat underneath the rotisserie ch...

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Pine Nut Cake

Pignolata cookies are a staple in every Italian-American bakery from New York to San Francisco. This is a teacake version, and it’s great...

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How to Roast Peppers the Easy way

People seem to think you’ve got to be crazy to roast peppers yourself at home. “Why not just buy them in those little jars?” they ask. We...

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Garlic Dressing

This dressing kicks ass, and that’s all about the roasted garlic. For this recipe, I do what my grandma taught me the first time we made ...

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Basic Tomato Sauce

This is the most important recipe in the book. If you make only one recipe from Urban Italian, 1 hope it’s this one. Tomato sauce is, of ...

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Crumbs Yo!

Toasted breadcrumbs are one of my cooking secrets: I toss them in everything. They just make stuff taste better–they give everything a li...

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