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Steak Tartar

Try this recipe if you like raw meat—otherwise, no need to keep reading!  I love it, although the first time I tried it, at the Café de Paris in Roma when I was 18, I found it disgusting. Now, every time I go to a French Bistro, I order a Tartar. Of course I had […]

My Steak Recipe

Years ago, I perfected an easy marinade for just about any cut of steak.  It requires just about 20 minutes of preparation before you cook it, so it’s a fast recipe for when you come home after a long day at work. It is a fantastic recipe, simply the best steak—with the exception of the […]

Florentine steak ( Bistecca alla Fiorentina)

The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is the classic preparation of steak that originated in Florence, Italy (Firenze). It’s a simple recipe, but it requires that you cook it exactly as described below.   Since many stores don’t have pre-cut steaks as thick as required, you will need to ask your butcher to cut the steak for you […]

Spigola (Branzino) Roasted with Zucchini (Spigola di Gualtiero Marchesi)

Spigola (Branzino)  Roasted with Zucchini (Spigola di Gualtiero Marchesi) This is one of my preferred dishes. I learned it in a restaurant near Brescia many years ago; the Chef was Gualtiero Marchesi, the most famous Italian Chef for the past 50 years.  This is the absolutely best way to eat a spigola, and this is […]

Lobster (The “Lovers Recipe”)

There are many recipes to cook lobster, some are excellent but boring, how many times do you want to eat a boiled lobster?  Others are good but quite greasy, cut lobster into half, put butter on top and broil, others are over complicated, and others simply disgusting.  Try my lobster and you will be happy.  […]

Pollo alla Diavola, the Devil’s chicken

Clearly the Devil knows how to cook a chicken! This is a classic Italian recipe, rarely or maybe never seen in the US restaurants.  Ideal for people who like to grill or who are on a diet and want to eat well. Ingredients for 4 to 6 people 1 whole chicken Create a marinade by […]

Oven-baked fillet of fish with fresh tomato sauce (Filetti di Cernia or altro pesce al pomodoro fresco al forno)

Do you want a very fresh, simple recipe for fish? This takes only a few minutes to prepare and cook. I use grouper or any other very fresh filet of fish.  When you shop for the fish, make sure the filets are of consistent thickness so they bake evenly. Ingredients for 4-6 people 1 filet […]

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Octopus

(For 3-4 people) There are few dishes that chefs screw up as much as this one—too often, octopus served in restaurants tastes like bland rubber. Yet, if cooked well, this is one of my preferred dishes. But, for that I have to cook it myself. Part of the key is making sure that you get […]

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Two Great Shrimp Recipes

(For 4) These are two very different, easy, and excellent shrimp recipes. I like to make them at the same time, dividing the shrimp half and half among the two to see which of them my guests prefer. Usually, it is about 50/50. Note: These same recipes will work with other crustaceans, you just need […]

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Risotto alla Marinara

(For 8 people) A long time ago, I started writing some of my favorite recipes into my “little green book,” a bound green notebook. My daughter, Martina, was just eleven years old at the time, and she liked rating my recipes with Betti. Anytime I prepared a new recipe, Betti, Martina, and any guest who […]

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