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Amaro Nonino is poured from the bottle into a small glass.
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Overhead view of jar of passata, a bag of pasta, and mise en place ingredients
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An assortment of cookies typically found in an Italian bakery.
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An Aperol spritz in a Collins glass with a lime wheel.
Aperol Spritz Recipe
Spaghetti allo Scoglio (Spaghetti With Mixed Seafood) Recipe
The pasta on a large serving platter, sprinkled with parsley-flecked breadcrumbs.
Lobster Fra Diavolo
Deep golden brown fish fillets on a large serving platter are covered in a creamy, glossy, perfectly emulsified butter sauce, studded with capers and flecked with minced parsley.
Fish Piccata
A large platter of fritto misto di mare with fried shrimp, squid, and smelt.
Fritto Misto di Mare (Fried Mixed Seafood)
Closeup overhead of a skillet of baccalà alla napoletana.
Baccalà alla Napoletana (Neapolitan-Style Braised Salt Cod With Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers)
A serving of cioppino in a bowl, overflowing with plump shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, fish, and more. There's a piece of deeply toasted sourdough on the side, and a small bowl holding a roasted red pepper condiment.
Cioppino (San Francisco Seafood Stew) Recipe
Overhead of a plate of shrimp risotto
Risotto ai Gamberi (Shrimp Risotto)
Deeply browned braised swordfish steaks on a platter with a rich tomato, caper, olive sauce.
Agghiotta di Pesce Spada (Sicilian Braised Swordfish With Tomatoes and Olives)
Overhead view of Malloreddus alla Campidanese in a white bowl on a titled background with pink floruishes surrounded by the pot and two wine glasses
Malloreddus Alla Campidanese (Sardinian Ridged Pasta With Saffron and Pork Ragù)
A bowl of creamy pasta with mushrooms
Creamy Pasta With Mushrooms (Pasta ai Funghi) Recipe
Overhead view of puntarelle salad on a colorful stripped background
Puntarelle Alla Romana (Puntarelle Salad With Anchovy and Garlic Dressing)
Overhead view of Fake nudja
Fake 'Nduja
A whole roasted black bass that was buried in a mound of salt on a baking sheet is exposed after the salt crust was cracked and removed.
Salt-Baked Whole Fish With Fresh Herbs
Overhead of a focaccia di Recco on a serving board
Focaccia di Recco
A closeup of a serving platter of fried salt cod fillets.
Filetti di Baccalà (Roman-Style Fried Salt Cod Fillets)
Slicing a pizza with charred broccoli rabe
Outdoor Pizza Oven Charred Broccoli Rabe and Anchovy Pizza
Burst cherry tomato outdoor oven pizza being slid off a peel onto parchment on a pizza pan
Outdoor Pizza Oven Burst Cherry Tomato, Shallot, and Herb Pizza
Nduja pizza cooked in outdoor pizza oven on a piece of parchment set on a pizza pan
Outdoor Pizza Oven 'Nduja Pizza
Armenian pizza being cut with a pizza cutter
"Armenian" Pizza With Spiced Lamb Sausage, Armenian String Cheese, and Sumac
Hands shaping outdoor pizza oven pizza dough on a floured counter
Outdoor Pizza Oven Pizza Dough
Overhead shot of two white bowls filled with pasta with tomato sauce next to pot of pasta
Pasta With Spicy 'Nduja-Tomato Sauce Recipe
A bowl of paccheri pasta with flavorful sauce of beans and greens.
Pasta With Beans and Greens Recipe
White bean, tuna, and pickled red onion salad on a white plate
White Bean and Tuna Salad Recipe
Plated Roman-Style Spaghetti Alla Carrettiera
Roman-Style Spaghetti Alla Carrettiera (Tomato, Tuna, and Mushroom Pasta) Recipe
A plate of Sicilian spaghetti alla carrettiera made with fresh tomatoes.
Sicilian-Style Spaghetti Alla Carrettiera (Fresh Tomato and Garlic Sauce) Recipe
Roast Pork Shoulder Ragù in Bianco With Pasta Recipe
Panzanella salad with tomatoes and basil in a bowl.
Classic Panzanella Salad (Tuscan-Style Tomato and Bread Salad) Recipe