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Pizza Rustica for Easter (or Anytime)

Pizza rustica has nothing to do with pizza. Also known as torta pasqualina or Easter pie, it is a southern Italian specialty. Creamy ricotta (or basket cheese) and salty salami in a flaky crust, that’s pizza rustica. “Pizza rustica is so old-fashioned it’s cool again,” says David DiBari, chef/owner of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, [...]

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Tue, March 26 2013 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, Uncategorized » No Comments

Bittersweet Italian Cocktails with Gin

I’ve always loved Italian vermouth and liqueurs, known as amari, that teeter on the tightrope between bitter and sweet. They vary from one another in color, alcoholic strength and proprietary formulas of infused herbal and fruit ingredients that can number in the dozens. Vermouth on the rocks with a twist is a┬ástandard pre-dinner libation for [...]

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Tue, March 5 2013 » Italian ingredients, Italian lifestyle, Uncategorized, Wine and Beverages » 2 Comments