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PA Italian Ice Company To Open In Boston

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Trevose, PA-based company, Rita’s Italian Ice, announced recently that it will be opening locations in the Boston area. Including Boston, New York, Connecticut, and its Pennsylvania locations, Rita’s currently has thirty operations. Rita’s first Boston location is expected to open in spring 2016. Rita’s expansion into the Commonwealth will create about one hundred jobs for the economy. The company is also looking to expand along the east coast and internationally. Rita’s first international location is in Shenzhen, China, where the company signed a large franchise agreement with Shenzhen XingFeHeng Trade Co. Ltd. Last year it signed a large franchise agreement ...

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Not quite summer yet: Risotto with peas and pancetta

Risotto with peas and pancetta (photo ©Francesca Bruzzese)

While the Spanish have paella, the Chinese have fried rice and the Mexicans arroz con leche, risotto is rice done the Italian way.

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Eataly officially coming to Boston’s Prudential Center

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International food powerhouse Eataly is officially coming to Boston. On June 2, the Boston Globe reported the signing of a lease between Eataly executives and Boston Properties to build a $20 million food emporium at Prudential Center, taking up the entire food court space. Boston would be the Italian mega-food store’s fourth U.S. location (Eataly currently runs two stores in New York and one in Chicago). The brainchild of Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti, who launched the first Eataly in Turin in 2007, the brand has expanded to other countries as well, including Japan, Dubai and Turkey. Thanks to a partnership ...

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Torta di Ricotta (Ricotta Pie)

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"Torta di ricotta" is a dessert traditionally made for Easter in Italy. My mom makes it for this holiday, without fail.

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Not your average veal cutlet: Cotolette alla Milanese

Cotolette alla Milanese (photo ©Francesca Bruzzese)

“I can’t wait to go to Italy. Chicken parmesan is my favorite food ever. I’m going to eat sooo much chicken parmesan when I’m in Italy!” Hmm… not quite. This remark was said to me a couple of years ago by a college classmate who was preparing for a summer vacation in Italy. I kindly explained to her that she would never find chicken parmesan anywhere in Italy, but that she would surely try lots of other actual Italian dishes that would be much better. She did not take the news well. Being raised in a family with Italian grandparents ...

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Fattoria di Limone enters Massachusetts market with Berkshire Brewing Company partnership

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Fattoria di Limone announces the availability of their Limoncello Original Liqueur in the state of Massachusetts. Fattoria di Limone Limoncello Original Liqueur is a lemon-flavored beverage made in small batches from regionally-sourced natural ingredients, mostly within New York State, following a classic Italian recipe. The company has partnered with KyMar Distillers in Charlottsville, NY to create 375 ml and 750 ml size varieties. These sizes, available at manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $18.99 and $23.99, respectively, will be distributed throughout the state by Berkshire Brewing Company of South Deerfield, MA. Flavored liqueurs such as limoncello are one of the fastest ...

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The Queen of Versatility: Torta salata with spinach, ricotta and sun-dried tomatoes

Torta salata (photo ©Francesca Bruzzese)

Even if you consider yourself to be well versed in Italian cuisine, you’re probably wondering what this week’s post is about. Is this some sort of side dish? A weird dessert? A quiche?! The torta salata isn’t a dish that most Americans would automatically identify as Italian. I’ve never seen it published as a recipe in any Italian cookbook in the States, and you will rarely find it on the menus of any Italian restaurants (not even in Italy). So what is this mysterious dish, then? In short, a torta salata, which can be literally translated as “savory cake” is ...

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Getting over Julia Child: Pici con ragù di salsiccia

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On a plane ride to Rome a few years back, I took Julia Child’s “My Life in France” with me to read. It was one of those books that was so good that it made the trip go by much faster, and for this I was grateful. I was however shocked when I arrived at Julia’s assessment of Italian food, contained in a few sentences a little over halfway through the book. Julia, the queen of French cuisine, had traveled to Italy, where she deemed the sauces “boring” and the food too “simple,” declaring that “the food didn’t strike me ...

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Valpolicella: The Land of Amarone Wine

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After coming out of this crazy winter that we experienced I figured everyone has cabin fever and if you haven’t been able to travel somewhere yet, why not escape with our minds. What better place than to Italy? You can join me virtually on my recent trip to the wonderful city of Verona, in Italy’s northeastern region Veneto. I was invited by the Consortium of Valpolicella to explore the wine region and take part in the Anteprima Amarone event, which featured the release of the 2011 vintage of Amarone. I have lots more to share on my site Vino Travels, ...

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Sensational Soave Makes a Stop at Brookline’s Ribelle

Soave wine tasting at Ribelle, Brookline.

This month I’m virtually taking you over to the Veneto region of Italy. Over the past month, a new wine friend of mine, Jo-Ann Ross of JRoss Wine, invited me to a “Sensational Soave” Master class held at Ribelle in Brookline, Massachusetts. The class was taught by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein and Giovanni Ponchia from the Soave Consortium, Consorzio Tutela Soave, in Italy, and it consisted of a blind tasting of ten different soave wines, followed by an introduction and education on this particular area of the Veneto region of Italy. The event topped off with three courses prepared by ...

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Mayor Menino Declares Prince Pasta Day, as Food Truck Campaign Kicks Off

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of Boston’s most iconic brands, Prince Pasta. To celebrate this milestone and pay homage to the city of Boston and the people who gave the brand its start, the company kicked off a month-long celebration with a “Born in Boston” food truck that will hit different areas of the city all throughout the month of September. To mark the occasion, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, Prince Spaghetti Day in Boston. “To my fellow Bostonians I say: Eat more pasta every day,” said Menino. Serving the first bowls ...

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Chef Lorena Autori Brings Flavor of Italy to Massachusetts

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Come savor authentic Italian Cuisine alongside renowned Chef Lorena Autori of Umbria, Italy on her US tour as she hosts cooking classes and a delectable dinner complete with delicacies travelling with her from Italy. Born in Salerno, in Italy’s Campania region and raised in Umbria Chef Lorena has a passion for quality Italian gastronomy Trained in the Gualtiero Marchesi’s renowned international school for Italian cuisine in Parma, ALMA Regularly collaborates with major Italian radio station RadioUno as their culinary correspondent Has had the privilege to cook for Michelin Starred Chefs such as Lidio Delfini and Tiziano Rossetti, Italian nobility, and ...

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