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Lisa’s Sunday Gravy

Most Italian-Americans emigrated from the southern regions of Italy: Campania, Basilicata, Reggio-Calabria, and Sicily. My family was no exception! My mother’s family is from Campania and Sicily, while my father’s family is from Campania. Regardless of the region of
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Sanremo Menus

Sanremo is the annual music festival in Italy. You can read a history of it here. Some Americans have called it “Italy’s American Idol”. Sacrilege! Don’t ever say that to your Italian friends! The Sanremo Festival is a festival of song and rewards the best
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Grandma Caponigri’s Three Meat Neapolitan Sauce

Lisa’s paternal grandmother, Lucia Caponigri, was born in the isolated, mountainous region of Basilicata in southern Italy. There she perfected her recipe for ragu before leaving her village with Lisa’s grandfather for a life in America. Lucia and Nicola Caponigri settled in
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Lisa’s Pastina in Brodo

There are a few well known tropes that go along with not feeling well if you are Italian. The first is the celebrated (or dreaded, depending on how you feel about this tradition!) camomilla– chamomile tea. The second is Pastina in Brodo– basically small pasta in
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Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese Sauce: A Quick Answer to What’s for Sunday Dinner?

We’ve all been there- it’s Sunday, you (and your family and friends!) are hungry. But because you’ve been racing around all day, you haven’t had time to make anything, let alone a meat sauce that everyone craves and would love. The answer? Lisa’s 20
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Lisa’s Chicken from Sostanza in Florence

This recipe comes from a trattoria hidden away on a small side street in Florence. Lisa and her children used to go there often- in fact, Lisa’s youngest son Guido became known as the terremoto, the earthquake, by the owners and staff, thanks to an episode involving his
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Schiacciatine da Valè, Lisa’s Version

If you’ve been to Forte dei Marmi, you’ve been to Valè. An institution in this celebrated Italian beach town since 1924, Lisa used to take her children to this focacceria every afternoon in the summer to get the focaccine while they were hot! Now, with a change in
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Lisa’s Entertaining Tips, Italian Style

While you may know Lisa for her cookbooks “Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?” and “This is Sunday Dinner”, and her line of Lisa’s Italian Sunday Sauces, her friends and family know her best for the great dinner parties she organizes. When you come
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Lisa’s Summer Vegetable Lasagne

A few years ago, Lisa was faced with a dilemma. Her youngest son, Guido, stopped eating meat and cheese! Without the ability to serve her celebrated meat lasagne or Italian-American lasagne, Lisa soon went to work inventing an all vegetable version. Needless to say, it was a hit
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Lisa’s 2023 Ferragosto Menu

Ferragosto
  Lisa at Forte dei Marmi in August, 1994 Ferragosto is a treasured holiday in Italy. Historically, Italian workers would take the entire month of August off for vacation. If you are an Italian movie lover, you might have scene Pranzo di Ferragosto, in which Roman
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