Viana La Place

Viana La Place
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Viana believes an Italian garden can be “captured in pots on a sunny terrace or shaded balcony.” And, she adds, “Cooking from the garden is uncomplicated cooking.”

Viana La Place
Viana's Featured Recipe
Salt-Cured Nasturtium Buds

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Viana La Place is the author of numerous books on Italian cooking, including My Italian Garden, Desserts and Sweet Snacks, Rustic Italian Style, and Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini.


Viana’s parents settled in California when they moved from Italy and brought their appreciation for the Mediterranean landscape with them. Viana planted an Italian-style garden behind her San Francisco house and often cooks with the herbs, fruits, and vegetables that grow in it.


She lives in San Francisco and spends part of each year in Italy.

Latest Recipes

Risotto with Zucchino Striato D’Italia

The zucchini in the garden beckons. When cooked in a risotto, the zucchini breaks down, becoming sweet and creamy, and merging with the r...

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Pasta with Almost Every Herb in the Garden

I’ve made this sauce in Italy with wild herbs that I gathered in the countryside. I love preparing it with my own fresh herbs. Wild herbs...

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Salt-Cured Nasturtium Buds

If you have the good fortune of living in a truly Mediterranean climate near the sea, where caper plants grow in the wild and the flower ...

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Potato, Olive, and Ricotta Torta

This satisfying main dish is amazingly simple to assemble. The torta can be served warm, accompanied by a tomato and basil salad. Or cut ...

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Vegetable Broth with Fennel, Herbs, and Dried Parmesan Cheese Rind

Fresh fennel from the fall garden imparts a surprising sweetness to the broth. Use this as a base for soups and risottos. On its own, thi...

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Spaghetti with Romanesco Broccoli and Black Olives

In Italy, cauliflower can be white, purple, or light green. The variety I’ve used here is Romanesco broccoli, but it is actually a green ...

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Pasta with Young Artichokes, Parsley, and White Wine

Just-picked artichokes retain all the moisture and flavor that the market vegetable tends to lose. You will be amazed at how easily the k...

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Zuppa Della Salute

This nourishing soup practically makes itself. It is perfect for those times when one feels slightly under the weather and hasn’t the ene...

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Tubetti and Umbrian Lentil Soup

Umbrian lentils are very small and flavorful. If unavailable. use market lentils. This satisfying winter soup turns bright green thanks t...

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Broccoli Rabe in Lemon Cream

Pungent greens are usually paired with olive oil, and that is how I often cook them. I thought it might be interesting to soften the bitt...

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