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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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Polpette

Polpette

When I was younger, I assumed that everyone went to their grandparents’ house on Sundays to have lunch. And by lunch, I mean a meal that began around 12:30 with an antipasto (prosciutto and melon and fried zucchini flowers, for example) a dish of pasta, at least four contorni or side dishes, and a second course, all finishing around 4:00 with dessert and caffè. When I was younger I remember feeling confused and then slightly smug when my classmates told me that they ate “meatloaf” or “peanut butter sandwiches” at their grandmothers’ houses for lunch. Poor things. Lunches at my ...

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