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The Italian Restaurant of Giada de Laurentiis's Dreams

Giada de Laurentiis's Ambitious New Las Vegas Restaurant

Giada De Laurentiis has become a megastar with simple Italian recipes for the home cook. Now, she's opening an ambitious restaurant—her very first—on the Vegas Strip. F&W's Kate Krader gets a preview and explains why it's destined to win big.

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Best Cookbooks of All-Time

This Cookbook Will Bring Out Your Competitive Side

This Italian cookbook inspired an elaborate culinary competition at Frasca Food and Wine. 

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Chefs-in-Residence

Mario Batali's Saltimbocca Know-How

Mario Batali's Saltimbocca Know-How

Mario Batali makes Italian saltimbocca with tender chicken and the sweet Italian dessert wine called vin santo.

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Tasting Room

If You Can't Afford Chianti's Ultra-High-End New Designation, Drink These Bottles

The New Chianti Designation

Chianti may have a new super-duper designation for top-end wine but the region's affordable wines are still incredibly appealing. Here are a few good introductory bottles.

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Expert Travel Guide

Where to Go in Venice for Buttery Polenta and Red Mantis Shrimp

4 Food Critic-Favorite Restaurants in Venice

For F&W's March issue, food critic Tom Parker Bowles visited the Aman Canal Grande, Venice's incredible 16th-century palazzo-turned-hotel. Here, four of the restaurants that made him fall in love with the city.

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Cheap Wine Challenge

A Red to Drink with Porchetta

A Red to Drink with Porchetta

This wine is Italy's answer to Côtes du Rhône. It comes from the uncelebrated region of Basilicata, which is located in the arch of the boot of Italy.

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Expert Tips

Marcella Hazan’s Pasta Cheat Sheet

Marcella Hazan

If there’s one person who first helped Americans learn the right way to cook pasta, it was the legendary cookbook writer Marcella Hazan.

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Expert Guide

5 Great Pieces of Cooking Advice From Movie (and TV) Criminals

Cooking Advice from Criminals: The Sopranos

Education is where you find it, and as an indolent nerd growing up, I learned a lot from gangster movies. I found out about safe houses, and how to get rid of your victims, and exactly how RICO predicates work. But along the way I also learned some very useful cooking tips. Here, the five best. Read more >

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Grace in the Kitchen

Fast Southern Italian: The 45-Minute Nonna

Grace Parisi in the Kitchen

Photo © John Kernick

F&W’s Grace Parisi reinvents her Calabrian grandmother’s favorite recipes so they’re lighter and speedier.

Creating recipes that hit all the high points of southern Italian cooking is a no-brainer for me—one set of my grandparents came to this country from Palermo, the other from Messina and a town in Calabria. My maternal grandfather was a baker, pizzaiolo and restaurateur, and my paternal grandmother (my namesake) was an amazing home cook who taught me that not every southern Italian dish comes with a red sauce. My recipes here are a tribute to her. Southern Italians love their raisins, pine nuts and capers, all of which I mix into meatballs simmered in a sweet-and-sour braising sauce: agrodolce. Our beloved raisins and capers appear again with stewed peppers in a luscious side dish, peperonata, that I serve with grilled baby lamb chops. Aside from the chops, which may have been a bit fancy for my grandma, I think everything here would have been quite at home on her table.

Recipes

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan This grilled-vegetable version of eggplant Parmesan, like the one Grace Parisi's Calabrian grandmother used to make, is much lighter than the fried kind.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Peperonata A hearty mix of stewed peppers, onions, raisins and anchovies makes this peperonata more of a side dish than a condiment.

Agrodolce Meatballs Even in southern Italy, not every meatball is drenched in tomato sauce. These are cooked in a sweet-and-tart mixture of balsamic vinegar and chicken broth.

Oil-Poached Tuna with Fennel and Orange In this clever one-pot dish, Grace Parisi poaches fennel, shallots and orange zest in extra-virgin olive oil. She then cooks a tuna steak in that oil, making the fish incredibly moist and flavorful.

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Kitchen Trash

"Mob Wives" Star Big Ang's Guide to Cooking for Wise Guys

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Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives

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Big Ang, a.k.a. Angela Raiola, the breakout star of VH1’s hit reality series Mob Wives shares her secrets to wooing a wise guy.

“They like a lot of hot things. Like me.” >

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