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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 origin, when you became an Italian-American, a Southern Italian immigrant trying to make it in America, there was one thing that united (and still unites!) us all: “Sunday Gravy”. The name
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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 songwriter and artist. The Italian music scene is known for its celebration of cantautori, singer songwriters, and the craftsmanship and talent that goes in to songwriting is a central part of the
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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 Chicago, where they raised thirteen children, giving Lucia lots of opportunity to make her famous ragu! The recipe makes plenty: it will sauce 6 to 8 pounds of pasta, but it freezes beautifully. You can
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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 broth. A variation of this pastina is tortellini in brodo which my daughter loved when she was little. Trattoria da Benvenuto close to our house in the historic center of Florence used to make it, and she
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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 minute Bolognese sauce! Simmer for 20 minutes, and it’s the Sunday dinner (or even weeknight treat) that everyone will love. Buon appetito e tutti a tavola! Watch Lisa make the full recipe on
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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 stroller, eager small hands, and clean silverware (you can hear Lisa share this family memory in the full recipe video on YouTube here). This recipe is all buttery goodness- enjoy with your treasured
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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 ownership, the place has gotten super fancy- they even serve Aperol Spritz! But this locale will forever be burned into Lisa’s memory in its 1990s version, with its family owners pushing the dough
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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 to Lisa’s house you know there will be scintillating conversation, delicious food, and that memories and connections will be made around the table. It’s true that Lisa’s perfection
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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 with Guido and anyone who stopped by Lisa’s home to taste it. We’ve shared some insight before into how to make this Vegetable Lasagne on Lisa’s Italian Kitchen social media pages
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