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  • PastaMania #3. "Rigatoni Zucca e Salsiccia" (Squash and Sausage Rigatoni)
    "Zucca", or squash, was imported from America to Europe, thanks to Christopher Columbus. For a long time it hasn't really been appreciated in Italy; it was used mainly by southern peasants and was considered "poor people's food." Over time, however, it became a very popular ingredient for pasta dishes and this variation, pairing squash with Italian sausage, is really a must.
  • PastaMania #4. "Spaghetti alla Puttanesca"
    This celebrated Southern dish is comparatively young for Italian standards; its popularity spiked in the 1960s. It gets its name from the word "puttana", meaning (pardon our Italian) "whore." Nobody really knows where this name comes from, but some argue that it's a reference to the sauce's hot, spicy flavor. It's also a quick, cheap meal--not politically correct, but definitely tantalizing.
  • PastaMania #5. "Bucatini Cacio e Pepe" (Bucatini with Cheese and Pepper)
    Traditionally a Roman dish, "Cacio e pepe" is also popular in other regions throughout central Italy. The name "cheese and pepper" refers to the two basic ingredients of this simple yet tasty dish. But, as you will soon discover, there is a third "miracle ingredient" not mentioned in the name.
  • PastaMania #07: "Farfalle Funghi Asparagi" (Farfalle with Mushrooms and Asparagus)
    Who said Italian cuisine has no vegetarian options? You can find this all-vegetable dish just about anywhere in the boot. However, it originally comes from central Italy -- especially the valley of the Tiber river, between Umbria and Lazio -- where you have so many woods to search for mushrooms and asparagus. Italians make this dish with both rice and pasta. Here, of course, we're going with pasta.
  • Life & People
    Gianmaria Testa(June 17, 2014)
    Now foreigners from around the world come to Alba on the scent of its truffles, wines, hazelnuts. But they, like all of us, are also looking for beauty.
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    I. A.(June 07, 2014)
    The new addition to one of the busiest stores in New York City, Macy’s Herald Square is proving to be a true star (or “stella” in Italian). Stella 34, a modern trattoria-style restaurant, is quickly becoming a destination not just for shoppers, including many Italians overwhelmed by the scale of the nine-floor department store, but also for many New York foodies in search of Italian treasures.
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    Giulia Madron(May 27, 2014)
    Colavita brand presents its new selection of four wines to the American media. The collection hits the US market in collaboration with Terlato wines.
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    Francesca Sarda(May 18, 2014)
    Piccolo Fiore, a Midtown East restaurant is celebrating its seven years on the NYC dining out scene and they are doing it with a bang. On May 21st will host a special event with great food and wonderful entertainment. The guest of honor during the evening will be Tony Lo Bianco. The Italian Tenor, Luciano Lamonarca, will perform a selection of arias from his repertoire and comedian Regina DeCicco guarantees your uncontained laughter with her performance.

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