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There’s so much more to Italian cuisine than just our favorite pasta recipes (even if we really love pasta). Here, you’ll find it all — from ‘risi e bisi’ and baccalà mantecato, to chicken Milanese and risotto.  We have plenty of delicious regional Italian dishes to add a whole new level of comfort and conversation to your dinner table.


chicken breast cutlets being shallow-fried in extra virgin olive oil in a cast iron skillet

Easy Crispy Chicken Breast Cutlets (Cotoletta di Pollo)

This delicious fried chicken cutlet recipe (cotoletta di pollo) is one of the simplest and most satisfying chicken dishes we make. It’s also what’s for dinner (or some version of it) a few times a month around here because it’s ready in 20 minutes and is seriously one of the […]

a pasta bowl plate filled lemongrass prawn risotto w/shallots and three pan-seared Argentinian red shrimp on top and speckled with green scallions

25-Minute Ultra-Creamy Lemongrass Prawn Risotto

This Ultra Creamy Lemongrass and Prawn Risotto is full of shrimp flavor, easy to make, and really delicious. It gets a flavor lift from a quick and easy homemade shrimp stock perfumed with a bit of lemongrass. This almost effortless risotto recipe gets extra creaminess from Carnaroli risotto rice from […]

buttery yellow pappardelle with Venetian Duck Ragù

Italian Duck Ragù w/Pappardelle Pasta (Pappardelle al Ragù d’Anatra)

This Venetian duck ragù recipe is regional Italian cooking at its best. It comes from right here in the Veneto where we live and it’s one of our absolute favorite pasta dishes of all time. If you’re familiar with our Venetian Duck Ragù w/Bigoli Pasta, then you probably already know […]

a pasta bowl plate filled with spring green asparagus risotto with three pan seared spears and three pan seared scallops on top with a sprinkling of crumbled crispy-fried prosciutto on top

Asparagus Risotto w/Pan-Seared Scallops & Crispy Speck

This creamy Italian Risotto with Asparagus recipe (Risotto con Asparagi, Speck Fritto e Capesante) is one of the most delicious things we make every spring when fresh asparagus first starts popping up at all the markets. We’ve topped this healthy, hearty bright green risotto with pan-seared sea scallops and crumbled […]

classic italian tomato sauce

Simple and Velvety Italian Tomato Passata Sauce

This naturally (intensely) sweet tomato Passata Sauce recipe is in a word, delicious. We use it for making all kinds of toothsome pasta dishes and in some of our favorite lasagnas. You can use any type of jarred tomato purée for this recipe, but today (and for as long as […]

Speck and Asparagus lasagna just out of the oven

Italian Speck & Asparagus Lasagna (w/Asparagus Béchamel & Zucchini Crema)

This creamy, cheesy, slightly smoky, tomatoey asparagus and speck lasagna recipe is part of my yearly spring tradition of creating a seasonal asparagus-inspired Italian pasticcio. This lasagna is filled with layers of pan-seared asparagus, delicate slices of Italian Speck (plus a little crispy-fried Speck for even more flavor), intensely sweet […]

a ladle full of deep red tomato pasta sauce

How to Make Simple Classic Italian Tomato Sauce for Pasta

If you need a quick and easy tomato sauce for pasta this recipe is the most essential (and delicious) of them all.  Made with basic pantry staples — a jar (or can) of high-quality San Marzano (or Mutti brand tomatoes), extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, and a little carrot, […]

pan seared shrimp in a pan full of cream tomato alfredo

Easy Spicy Tomato-Alfredo and Shrimp Pasta (Anniversary Pasta)

If you love Classic Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo pasta we think you’ll really enjoy this delicious creamy zippier version filled with pan-seared shrimp smothered in a velvety tomato-alfredo sauce. It all starts with a quick homemade clarified shrimp-butter, then a little heavy cream, Grana Padano cheese, scallions, and garlic. It’s so good! […]

perfectly steamed Mussels Guazetto

Mussels in Tomato & White Wine Garlic Sauce (Guazzetto di Cozze)

This steamed mussels recipe uses plump fresh black Sardinian mussels steamed in a tomato, white wine, and garlic sauce — and it only takes 15 minutes for the whole meal to come together! You’ll need to clean, de-beard, and soak the mussels ahead of time, but with a little planning […]

the most delicious creamy shrimp alfredo pasta ready to eat with huge red Argentinian shrimp on top of a zigzag regional egg pasta

Easy Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo Pasta Recipe (w/Parmigiano Cream)

Shrimp alfredo pasta is made with sautéed garlic shrimp, tossed in a Parmigiano-Reggiano cream sauce with chewy ribbons of Italian egg pasta. It’s a restaurant-quality pasta alfredo recipe that’s so delicious, simple to make, and won’t leave you feeling like you need to take a nap. Sweet Argentinian red shrimp […]

a shallow platter with perfectly cooked tender shrimp scampi with butter and olive oil, sliced scallions and parsley

Delicious Shrimp Scampi for Two (or a Crowd)

This is the best shrimp scampi recipe and it’s ready in just under 15 minutes! Tender sweet shrimp covered in a buttery, garlicky blanket of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, scallions, parsley, and a hint of red pepper flakes — Seafood perfection on a plate. This shrimp recipe is not only a house […]

Easy Pumpkin Focaccia Bread (Focaccia alla Zucca)

This all-natural homemade Focaccia Pumpkin bread recipe is the perfect way to use one of our favorite squashes — the Japanese Kabocha. With just a few basic ingredients this ultra-soft (pumpkin-colored) squishy Italian bread is ready for making focaccia pizza, panini with prosciutto + mozzarella, or served alongside your favorite […]

A braising dish filled with fat bigoli egg pasta noodles covered in duck ragù

How to Make Venetian Duck Ragù w/Bigoli Pasta (Bigoli al Ragù d’Anatra)

This Italian duck ragù recipe is down-home regional Italian cooking at its very best. Italy is celebrated for its endless pasta sauces and ragùs, but surprisingly, one of the most famous and delicious of them all isn’t really that well-known outside of Italy. But that’s changing. Bigoli al Ragù d’Anatra […]