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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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Lisa’s Italian-American Pot Roast

Italian-American Pot Roast has incredibly layered flavors- the carrots, celery, tomato paste and beef bouillon create an incredibly rich juice. Lisa makes this for Super Bowl Sunday, but it’s also great for Sundays in winter or fall! Watch Lisa make this recipe on the
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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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Lisa’s Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed tomatoes are an excellent side dish, or contorno, as Lisa calls them, with the Italian word, in her Sunday Dinner menus. The Besciamella Sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano, and spinach make them absolutely delicious too. Lisa first discovered these recipes while visiting
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Lisa’s Tuscan Pot Roast

This classic Tuscan Pot Roast (known as Stracotto, which literally means “overcooked”) is found all over Tuscany in small trattorie. It’s delicious and will satisfy anyone’s hunger, especially on a cold Sunday afternoon in winter. Except, perhaps a hunger
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Lisa’s Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is rustic Italian cooking at its most satisfying. Any extra sauce can be frozen and used another day. It’s one of those secondi that Lisa loves because it brings back memories of being with her children in the Tuscan countryside, watching Italian hunters
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Lisa’s Ricotta Pudding

This rich, creamy pudding is very simple and quick to make. It tastes superb topped with fresh red fruit such as strawberries, cherries, or raspberries that have been sprinkled with a liqueur or a high-quality balsamic vinegar. In fact, this would be a good time to use an aged
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Lisa’s Italian Pot Roast with Barolo

When it’s snowing out, and chilly, we all need our comfort food! For Lisa’s family, potroast is one of those go-to comfort staples of Sunday Dinner. And, for Lisa, ever since her children were little, it’s an easy recipe: place everything in a crockpot, forget
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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 Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is full of nutrients and delicious! This is Catherine Lione (Lisa’s grandmother’s!) recipe and it originates from Sicily, where Lisa’s Nana (as she was lovingly called!) was from. Lentil soup is a hearty soup that is excellent in the winter months
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