This Mortadella Pizza begins with the Napoletana dough, which in turn begins with a starter. Using a starter instead of just yeast adds a depth of flavor and contributes to the dough's wonderfully stretchy, pliant qualities.
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There's a certain drama that surrounds cooking en papillote. Unwrapping the parchment paper that holds your meal adds an air of excitement, something not too dissimilar to opening a gift. And that's precisely what's so appealing about Marc Vetri's Spaghetti in Parchment with Clams and Scallions from Rustic Italian Food.
If you're one of those fine folks who just can't get enough liver, we have just the recipe for your. In this recipe for Rigatoni with Chicken Livers, Cipollini Onions, and Sage from Marc Vetri's Rustic Italian Food, a lush ragu is made with minced chicken livers, sweet melted onions, and leaves of sage. Loosened with butter and a splash of starchy pasta cooking water, the ragu coats the rigatoni in a way that's rich and wholly satisfying.
By taking an already incredibly flavorful cut like lamb shoulder and giving it a three-day brine with rosemary and garlic, the end result is nothing short of mind-blowing.
When Mario Batali calls your restaurant "the best meal of true Italian deliciousness" eaten outside of the boot, you know you've got something good going on. Marc Vetri, the chef behind an expanding empire of Philadelphia restaurants, turns out the kinds of meals that warrant such a compliment, not to mention a visit to Philly. In his latest cookbook, Rustic Italian Food, Vetri shares his take on hands-on Italian fare: crusty loaves of bread, pizzas with perfectly charred crusts, recipes for homemade salumi, and so many glorious pastas. Enter to win a copy!