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Lee Casazza is a lifelong cook and publisher devoted to sharing and cooking authentic family recipes. In her first edition of Big Mamma’s ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKBOOK, she features homemade recipes perfected by four generations of her Casazza and Noviello family. She also includes a wonderful mix of original Italian recipes she has refined for over 48 years.

Sunday Rigatoni with Beef Shank Gravy

Sunday Rigatoni with Beef Shank

My love for Italian-American food really began when I married my husband in 1967. In those early days, we often visited his grandparents’ home in Richmond, Virginia for Sunday dinners. Ernesto and Elisabetta welcomed over twenty grandkids and relatives for these all-day family events. These were special times together sharing stories and enjoying delicious meals passed down by 3 generations of the Noviello, Greco, and Casazza families. Once I tasted the “Sunday Gravy” made by his mother, grandmother, and great grandmother (affectionately known as Big Mamma)… I was hooked. These 3 ladies first taught me how to cook many authentic ...

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