Tagged with italian

Eataly Boston – Sneak Peak and Review

Eataly Boston – Sneak Peak and Review

I was invited to go to the sneak peak of the Eataly Boston opening where I had the chance to meet the co-owner and world renowned Master Chef Mario Batali. He is recognizable as a regular face on the Food Network who sports trademark orange Crocs and is an owner of the famous restaurant OTTO in … Continue reading

Enoteca Umberto – Providence, RI

Enoteca Umberto – Providence, RI

I’ve said it before that despite its reputation, it’s actually hard to find great food on Federal Hill aside from a few restaurants. Luckily, a relatively new addition to Federal Hill in Providence, makes me eat those words (pun intended)! A friend who ate at Enoteca Umberto before suggested that my wife and I meet her … Continue reading

Cibo Matto Caffe – Mansfield, MA

Cibo Matto Caffe – Mansfield, MA

Cibo Matto is an Italian restaurant just off of 495 in Massachusetts. Even though it’s a little off the beaten path in terms of location (i.e. it’s not in a big city), it’s easy to get to and worth the trip. At his suggestion, I met my producer friend, Joe, at the restaurant just to catch … Continue reading

Constantino’s Venda Ravioli – Providence, RI

Constantino’s Venda Ravioli – Providence, RI

It’s a little embarrassing to admit that despite growing up around Providence, RI, I only recently had my first Venda Ravioli experience over the summer. After eating there, I’m more than disappointed in myself for not trying it sooner and sad that I went so many years without it! Almost everyone knows the name as … Continue reading

Gennaro’s Eatery Review – Quincy, MA

Gennaro’s Eatery Review – Quincy, MA

I’ve passed by Gennaro’s Eatery more times than I can count. I always thought to myself that I’d like to try their food, but nothing about the outside of their restaurant impressed an urgent need to do so even though their slogan is “Family Dining With Flair.” I read some reviews and they seemed on … Continue reading

Pasta Primavera Recipe

Pasta Primavera Recipe

I’m kind of an idiot when it comes to Spring. My favorite season is the fall because it’s not as hot and humid as the Summer, which is great for a bigger guy like me that isn’t at his most attractive when damp. On the other hand, I always get excited for the Spring even … Continue reading

Tender Classic Meatballs

Tender Classic Meatballs

After my first attempt at meatballs yielded a very dense product, I decided to go back to the drawing board. I read that using white bread and milk can really help make meatballs tender, so I incorporated those ingredients into the recipe.  I also used a slightly fattier ground beef mix (85/15) and pureed the … Continue reading

Lean Meatballs with Caramelized Onions

Lean Meatballs with Caramelized Onions

Getting the right texture for meatballs is harder than you would imagine. This was my first attempt at making meatballs and they didn’t come out like I wanted, but they actually tasted pretty good.  The “problem” was that these meatballs were basically all meat and weren’t as tender as most meatballs I’ve had. If you … Continue reading

Caprese Salad and Proscuitto Sandwich

Caprese Salad and Proscuitto Sandwich

This is one of my favorite foods of all time and I especially love it in sandwich form, so this is a two-part blog.  Caprese salad is of Italian origin and is absurdly simple to make.  It’s just fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and a little dressing. It’s just a great dish for when … Continue reading

Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan)

Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan)

It’s time for a classic.  Chicken Parmagiana (or Chicken Parmesan, however you spell it).  I love this almost cliché dish.  It is the guilty-pleasure touchstone upon which I judge all Italian-American restaurants.  If a restaurant can’t make a good chicken parm then there’s something wrong. It’s such a simple dish, but it is definitely one … Continue reading

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

I wasn’t always the biggest chicken Marsala fan after tasting the mass produced, overcooked, dry version at my college cafeteria.  It is super easy to make though and can hit the spot when you want a little Italian in your life (insert “that’s what she said” joke here).  I can’t take full credit for this … Continue reading

Baked Eggplant with Sausage Stuffing

Baked Eggplant with Sausage Stuffing

Halved eggplant with tomato sauce, cheese, and sausage stuffing.  Disclaimer: I did not write this recipe, but I did edit the format.  It is a guest blogger’s recipe and it does look tasty! Ingredients: 1 carrot sliced  (60 cal.) 1/2 onion diced (60 cal.) 1 can diced tomato (100 cal.) 1 tbsp olive oil (120 cal.) … Continue reading