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Sperlari-Candy-FGpizza.png Italian Candy - Sperlari Caramella Spicchisu - 12oz SKU: #1017

$9.90

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Our FGpizza customers know to expect a little something sweet with their shipments. Sperlari Caramella Spicchisu, the Lemon and Orange candies from Italy! Each order includes a piece or two, to thank you for your business and to let you know that we appreciate you.

We've had lots of you request to buy larger quantities, so we created a 12-ounce gift pack complete with a gift tag.

With over 160 years of experience in the confectionery market, the Sperlari brand name guarantees top quality and taste. Spicchisù, sweet and tasty, traditionally made, and contains the juices of lemon and orange bringing the true essence of the fruit to this candy assortment.

This assortment contains: Caramella alla Arancia (Orange) and Caramella al Limone (Lemon).

Made in Italy (of course...)

Antimo-Caputo-strianese-tomatoes-gails.png Deluxe Starter Kit - Shipping Included SKU: #4196

$70.00

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Deluxe Starter Kit with more Caputo 00 and Strianese cans of DOP Tomatoes than our basic kit. A good way to get all you need for your Pizza party! Our Sample Kit may be found HERE

This extended starter kit has Italian Flour and tomatoes, yeast, olive oil and tools!

PLUS! You save money when you buy these items as a package.

  • 6.6# Antimo Caputo "00" Flour
  • 3, 14 oz cans DOP San Marzano Tomaotes
  • 1#, Instant Yeast
  • 500ml Partana Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Non Scratch Dough Cutter
  • 1 Pizza Cutter

FREE shipping to the 48 continental states including Hawaii. Orders to Alaska will be provided a shipping quote for approval.

Antimo-Caputo-bianco-dinapoli-tomatoes-Frankie.png Frankie G's Sample Kit - FREE Shipping! SKU: #4197

$58.49

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Gail says, "...people wanna try before they buy..." So, we have made a couple Starter Kits for you to try a sampling of different products. The Deluxe Starter Kit may be found HERE

This extended starter kit has Italian Flour and tomatoes, yeast, olive oil, Calabrian Peppers and tools!

PLUS! You save money when you buy these items as a package.

  • 2.2# Antimo Caputo "00" Flour
  • 1, 28 oz can Organic Whole Tomatoes
  • 1, 10.2 oz Calabrian Long Peppers
  • 1# Instant Yeast
  • 500ml Partana Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Pizza Pastry Roller
  • 1 Economical Pizza Cutter

FREE shipping to the 48 continental states. Orders to Alaska & Hawaii will be provided a shipping quote for approval.

fgpizza-containers-condiment-shakers.png Condiment Shaker Trio - Glass/Stainless SKU: #3082

$7.90

Quantity: A little more oregano... a little more heat... LOTS MORE CHEESE... Perfecto!

These condiment shakers are perfect to decorate any Italian table and are a must at your pizza party.

Each of the three containers are glass (not cheap plastic ones) and each come fitted with a stainless steel top. The chili and oregano top are slotted for easy distribution.

Sold packaged in a nice little Gift Box, ready for gifting! spices are not included - you'll want fresh ones anyway).

Antimo-Caputo-00-flour-partana-olive-oil-strianese-dop-san-marzano-tomatoes-creative-Frankies.png Frankie's Pasta Package SKU: #4186

$64.95

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This fine collection of Italian pasta tools help you make all your pasta favorites. Tortaloni! Ravioli! Gnocchi! Agnoletti! Tortellini! Cappelletti!

Frankie's Pasta Package includes:

1 Potato Ricer
1 Gnocchi Paddle
1 Partana Olive Oil
6.6# Caputo Semolina Flour (3 kg)
5 Cans of DOP San Marzano Tomatoes -Strianese
1 Round - Ravioli / Pasta Stamp - 2.5"
1 Cappelletti Stamp - 1.5"
1 Flour Dredger
1 Zig-Zag Pasta Cutting Wheel

Treat yourself or send one to that special "Little Italian Cook" in your life. You'll love it!

Ravioli-caputo-semolina-flour-natalia.png Natalia's Ravioli Package SKU: #4185

$57.25

Quantity: Make ravioli just like Mama! This package includes every tool you'll need to make home made ravioli (except Nana).

PLUS! You will SAVE MONEY when you buy these items as a package rather than purchasing them separately

1 Ravioli Rolling Pin
1 Artisan Rolling Pin - 19"
1 Stainless Steel Bamboo Skimmer
1 Ravioli / Pasta Cutter
1 Flour Dredger
2 Kilo Caputo Semolina Flour - (2.2# of flour)
1 Chef's Apron - Italian Colors

Pasta-Italiana-caputo-streanese-rega-partana-tutto-calabria-pasta-Italiana.png Pasta Italiana Package - Imported from Italy! SKU: #4190

$74.95

Quantity: A little bit of this and a little bit of that... all you need for the taste of Italy in one package!

In our Pasta Italiana package, you can taste the best Italy has to offer.

Package includes:

4.4# Caputo Semolina Premium Pasta Flour (2kg)
4.4# Caputo Tipo "00" Flour (2kg)
2 Partana Olive Oil
4 Cans of DOP San Marzano Tomatoes, Strianese
1 Tutto Calabria Hot Chili Peppers in oil.
1 Italian Flag Apron Restaurant Quality

ALL imported from Italy. All of the highest quality.

Gnocchi-caputo-streanese-rega-partana-tutto-calabria-gnocchi-speciale1.png Gnocchi Making Package-Gnocchi Speciale! SKU: #4184

$75.00

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Makes a great gift! Gnocchi, perfect little potato dumpling pasta. Pronounced (ny-oak-eee).

This wonderful package has all the tools required to make gnocchi.

PLUS! You save money when you buy these items as a package.

1 Potato Ricer
1 Gnocchi Paddle
1 Stainless Steel Bamboo Strainer
1 Italian Colored Apron
2 Partana Olive Oil
4.4# Caputo Semolina Flour (2 kg)
3 Cans of DOP San Marzano Tomatoes

You can see Natalia and I make Gnocchi in our video, located on the Pasta Video page.

Antimo-caputo-00-flour-Rega-Strianese-lavalle-dop-san-marzano-tomatoes-Semolina-semola.png Semolina Pasta Flour Package SKU: #4193

$45.00

Quantity: Caputo knows flour and their premium Semola (Semolina) flour is perfecto for pasta!

Here we offer 11# of flour and one of our beautiful Italian-Flag colored aprons (24" long).

The flour should keep you in noodles for a while and you'll look great in the apron!

Antimo-Caputo-00-flour-partana-olive-oil-strianese-dop-san-marzano-tomatoes-Palermo1-2.png Palermo Pasta Package SKU: #4191

$115.00

Quantity: A spicy collection of Italian foods and apparel, just like Sicily.

Our Italian spring-loaded ravioli stamps have received rave reviews and you can see them close up HERE, or watch the video on our Pasta Video page. And our Italian apparel has you dressing the part as you create a wonderful meal!

Our Palermo Pasta Package includes:

1 ROUND spring-loaded ravioli stamp
1 SQUARE spring-loaded ravioli stamp
1 Zig-Zag Pasta Cutting Wheel
2 Partana Olive Oil
4.4# Caputo Premium Semolina Flour (2kg)
4.4# Caputo Tipo "00" Flour (2kg)
1 Tutto Calabria Hot Chili Peppers in oil
1 Italian Flag chef's hat
1 Italian Flag Apron Restaurant Quality

Antimo-caputo-00-flour-Rega-Strianese-lavalle-dop-san-marzano-tomatoes-1-Romana.png Romana Pasta Package SKU: #4192

$99.00

Quantity: A wonderful collection of tools and foods. Our Italian spring-loaded ravioli stamps have received rave reviews and you can see them close up HERE, or watch the video on our Pasta Video page.

Our Romana Pasta Package includes:

1 ROUND spring-loaded ravioli stamp
1 SQUARE spring-loaded ravioli stamp
2 Partana Olive Oil
4.4# Caputo Semolina Flour (2kg)
6 Cans of DOP San Marzano Tomatoes, Strianese
1 Italian Flag Apron 24" Restaurant Quality
1 Zig-Zag Pasta Cutting Wheel

PLUS! you save money when you buy these items as a package and they all ship in one, Priority Mail, Large Flat-Rate box.

Danish-Dough-Whisk-Batter-Whisk-Large-SET.png Danish Dough Whisk - Set of Two SKU: #3002

$9.90

Quantity: So why not have the best of both sizes?

One for breads and batters, one for meats, etc.

One can never have too many magic wands

Italian-chefs-hat-adujustable-italian-flag.png Chef's Hat - Italian Colors SKU: #5101

$12.99

Quantity: Viva Italia!

Dress the part and show your colors... Italian colors that is!

The tri-colored Green, White, & Red head band is adjustable. The classic style makes it fun and functional.

Made of 60% polyester and 40% cotton. Machine washable on delicate, but we suggest hand wash to preserve the shape and bright colors.

Apron-Italian-Flag-Colors.png Apron - Italian Colors SKU: #5100

$19.90

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Cooking Italian Style! Sporting the colors of the Italian Flag.

This apron is really nice, I have one, use it and love it.

It's 32" long and "heavy weight" material. Green (on top), white (in the middle) and red (on the bottom). One top pocket for pencil or thermometer (in the green area), and 1 lower bigger pocket (in the white area). Made of 65% cotton and 35% polyester, these aprons really hold up.

To see a closer picture of the material, please click HERE

Flour-Water-Salt-Yeast.png Flour Water Salt Yeast -book by Ken Forkish SKU: #5105

$34.80 $26.95

Quantity: FGpizza stocks this book. It may be combined with other stocked items purchased to save on shipping

From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker.

There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Portland-based baker Ken Forkish, well-made bread is more than just a pleasure—it is a passion that has led him to create some of the best and most critically lauded breads and pizzas in the country.

In Flour Water Salt Yeast, Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere.

Whether you’re a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeast has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints: Start with a straight dough and have fresh bread ready by supper time, or explore pre-ferments with a bread that uses biga or poolish. If you’re ready to take your baking to the next level, follow Forkish’s step-by-step guide to making a levain starter with only flour and water, and be amazed by the delicious complexity of your naturally leavened bread. Pizza lovers can experiment with a variety of doughs and sauces to create the perfect pie using either a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet.

Flour Water Salt Yeast is more than just a collection of recipes for amazing bread and pizza—it offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart. Featuring a tutorial on baker’s percentages, advice for manipulating ingredients ratios to create custom doughs, tips for adapting bread baking schedules to fit your day-to-day life, and an entire chapter that demystifies the levain-making process, Flour Water Salt Yeast is an indispensable resource for bakers who want to make their daily bread exceptional bread.

CLICK HERE for Ken's book on pizza, The Elements of Pizza

Wood-Fired-Cooking-Mary-Karlin.png Wood-Fired Cooking - Book by Mary Karlin SKU: #5104

$22.30 $19.90

Quantity: FGpizza stocks this book. It may be combined with other stocked items purchased to save on shipping

This contemporary collection of more than 100 recipes from chef-instructor Mary Karlin covers the range of wood-fired cooking options available to home cooks. From flame-licked Plank-Roasted Porterhouse or Grilled Naan to a hearth-baked Milanese Risotto, Leek, and Asparagus Tart or Warm Chocolate-Chipotle Cakes, Karlin's unassuming yet refined kitchen sensibility shines through in every dish. With a vast knowledge of terrific ingredients, the diverse flavor characteristics of hardwoods, and the best live-fire techniques and equipment now available, Karlin is a passionate advocate for this growing trend.

Her globally inspired Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, American, and North African recipes for cooking over live flame and embers are paired with contributions from Peter Reinhart, Bruce Aidells, Deborah Madison, and other fired-up chefs. Whether you're a seasoned barbecue expert or you just bought your first bag of lump charcoal, WOOD-FIRED COOKING will have you stoking appetites in no time.

Pizza-Seasonal-Recipes-from-Romes-Legendary-Pizzarium.png Pizza- book by Gabriele Bonci SKU: #5107

$22.90 $19.90

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A fresh take on everyone’s favorite food, straight from the "Michelangelo of dough" (Vogue). Yeast, flour, and water—from such humble ingredients rises a food that is for many an object of devotion. Here is a cookbook that reveals the secrets of the crust straight from the source in Italy. Gabriele Bonci, known throughout his country as the King of Pizza, operates a small pizzeria in Rome, where for the past ten years he has developed his signature style: making use of stone-milled farro flours, relying on the seasons to determine his unconventional topping combinations (he comes up with more than 1,500 each year), and inventing new techniques for sandwich pizza and fried pizza. The more than eighty recipes here (adapted for the American kitchen) will have pizza geeks’ heads spinning: pizza with grilled peaches and chicory; potatoes, eggplant, and rosemary "ash"; asparagus, egg, and lemon; endive, olives, and anchovies. This is Roman-style pizza al taglio—rectangular with an airy, foccacia-like dough that can support an ample topping.

Bonci details his process for making dough, including his own sourdough starter. Whether for the expert or novice baker, this book revolutionizes the concept of pizza and introduces flavor combinations that can apply throughout the kitchen.

FREE shipping to the 48 continental states. Free shipping does not apply to orders to Alaska & Hawaii.

Cannoli-Christmas-ornament-fgpizza-italian-Lovers.png Cannoli Lovers Set SKU: #5036

$16.99

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For Cannoli lovers only (and I'm one of them!)

Included in this package is a set of 4 cannoli tubes to make fresh cannoli (recipe included) and a glass Cannoli Christmas ornament.

Talk about a great Sicilian gift!

If you are interested in just buying the Cannoli forming tubes by themselves, CLICK HERE

Looking for Cannoli cherries? We have them! Toschi Amarena Italian Sour Cherries?

Pot-stirrer-fg-pizza.png Automatic Pot Stirrer SKU: #5845

$57.00 $49.80

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This is just about the coolest invention. I know that my mother and grandmother wished they had one... The only way they could stop stirring the pot... was to teach me to do it!

...and after they taught me to cook... I looked around for the next victim. Well not anymore!

For those who make polenta and large pots of sauce, this is for you - AND THIS THING WORKS!!

This automatic pot stirrer will fit two-handled sauce pots from 9" to 14" or 9-16 quarts. It's powered by 4 "C" batteries, stirs continuous or intermittently and comes with two heat-resistant blades (up to 375 degrees). 2 stackable blades stir at different levels for better consistency. Color available: Black

Simple to use, clean and store (easily folds flat into any kitchen drawer). This great invention stirs your precious sauces, candies, or polenta and gives the chef time to relax or extra time to prepare something else.


Veggie-slice-oven-mitt.png Pizza Slice Oven Mitt SKU: #5015

$7.99

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Oven mitt pizza slices are 9" from crust to tip of slice.

To see a close up picture, click HERE.

Machine washable! Great for gift giving!

flags-pizza-oven-caputo-antimo-tabletop-italian-decorations-flags.png Tabletop Italian Flags Set of 2 SKU: #5103

$10.55 $9.90

Quantity: Festa Italaiana!

Time to dress up the place Italian style with these cute little Italian flags.

Each flag is 6"x"9" and stands 12" tall. Two Italian flags are accompanied with a round, plastic, table-top stand. Very cute.

Perfect accompaniment for the Red & White Checkered Tablecloth.

Partanna-Sicilian-Extra-Virgin-olive-oil-3LT.png Partanna - Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 3 Liter SKU: #4224

$31.50

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Here we are offering 3 liters of Partanna Extra Virgin Sicilian olive oil in a beautiful decorative can. Your Nanna would love it.

This oil has won many awards but none are as impressive as the approval of my family. Gail, Natalia and I truly love this oil and can vouch for its quality.

The Asaro family has been producing this wonderful liquid gold in Partanna, Sicily (Italy) since 1916. It has won 2 Gold Medals and 1 Best of Class at the L.A. County Fair.

This extra virgin mono-varietal olive oil is only made with "Nocellara del Belice" olives from the province of Trapani, Sicily. The Nocellara del Belice gives it a very rich flavor profile with notes of artichokes & almonds and a peppery finish.

The cute little cans are decorated with a colorful scenery of Sicily and showcasing the cartina al' Siciliana. Its slow-pour spout is a great feature to this beautiful package.

The Asaro Family only produces this filtered extra virgin olive oil in October. It's very low acidity (typically around 0.3%) and while a very versatile oil, its quality becomes very evident when used for dipping and finishing.

Imported from Sicily

Bowl-Casuella-Oven-cooking-ceramic-ware-casuella.png Pedestal Bowl - Handcrafted in Arcata CA SKU: #3069

$10.90

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These one-of-a-kind pedestal bowls are exclusively handcrafted for FGpizza! The perfect size for olives, candy, salt, pizza toppings - just about anything.

Each bowl is unique and made by hand in Northern California by artisan Bill Funkhouser of Terra Forno Pottery. Standing 2.5" tall, this charming bowl stands on a 2.5" wide pedestal and presents an opening of 5.25" at its widest point. Since each bowl is hand-crafted, no two are exactly alike.

Like our casuellas, the glaze is food safe. The clay is fired to a point where it is almost vitreous so the clay can absorb a small amount of water. This pottery is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe, but we suggest hand washing to preserve the quality and life of the bowl. The color of the clay will evolve over time with use, cooking and washing.

Since it is made of clay, it will break if mishandled. One should not soak them in water before use. Maximum temperature recommendation 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cotton-Apron-pasta-design.png Apron, Pasta-Shapes design - 100% cotton SKU: 5098

$18.00

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"Frankie... Does everything have to be RED, WHITE & GREEN?" No, it does not... but a little pasta on it couldn't hurt!!

Here we offer a beautiful, 100% cotton apron, decorated with wonderful designs of different pasta shapes, long and short. Some, we never knew existed!

This apron even fits Frankie G! It is woven on an oversized loom making it 6 Inches wider than other aprons to provide the perfect fit. Our apron measures 28 by 32 Inches, ties at the waist, and has an adjustable neck strap.

It has a large front pocket to hold cooking essentials: Corkscrew, thermometer, recipe cards, potholders, etc.

Durable and hearty. Machine washable.

Cotton-Apron-extra-virgin-olive-oil.png Apron, EVOO design - 100% cotton SKU: 5099

$18.00

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"Frankie... Does everything have to be RED, WHITE & GREEN?" No, it does not.

Here we offer a beautiful, 100% cotton apron, decorated with wonderful designs of extra virgin olive oil. That ought to class up any cook!

This apron even fits Frankie G! It is woven on an oversized loom making it 6 Inches wider than other aprons to provide the perfect fit. Our apron measures 28 by 32 inches, ties at the waist, and has an adjustable neck strap.

It has a large front pocket to hold cooking essentials: Corkscrew, thermometer, recipe cards, potholders, etc.

Durable and hearty. Machine washable.

floursack-dishtowels-fgpizza.png Floursack Dish Towels - 100% cotton - just like Nana's SKU: 5096

$10.25

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Remember? Nana would (and maybe she still does...) dry her dishes with towels she made and embroidered from flour sacks? Well, we have removed the flour and are offering the the natural towels for you to add to your kitchen.

The set includes 3 oversized dish towels: 20-inch by 30-inch. Made of 100% cotton and hand-woven in India.

Perfect as a general all purpose working towel for the kitchen and throughout the home. Lint-free and absorbent, these floursack towels are excellent for glassware/barware/dinnerware. Floursack towels may also be used to line proofing baskets for rising bread. They are really versatile.

We are offering a natural color. Towels are machine washable.

FGpizza-christmas-ornamant-buon-natale-italian-christmas-cannoli--calabria-calabrian-chili-pepper-1 Calabrian Pepper - Ornament SKU: #5029

$6.00

Quantity: Spice up your Christmas tree with this Calabrian trademark.

With vivid glaze this exclusive 2 inches tall red hot chili pepper formed glass ornament will make a wonderful addition to your Christmas tree.

Italian-terracotta-Pentola Italian Terracotta Pentola SKU: #3100

$85.00 $79.00

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After the pizza party or after the bread baking - when your oven is slowly cooling down - that's when this beautiful Pentola enters the scene. Cook dried beans, short ribs, soup, stews, anything that requires low and slow.

Terracotta is an ancient method of cooking, and ideal for cooking slow and at low temperatures. It encourages an exchange of flavors, enhances aromas and imparts special taste to food by distributing heat in a uniform and gradual way.

Made in Italy, these pots show individual characteristics of very fine "cracks" called "crazing" or "veining." This is not a defect, but a characteristic of flame resistant terracotta, allowing for the micro-vapors of steam to be released evenly into the food during cooking.

Measuring 9" tall and 11.5 inches at its widest point, this deep red cooking vessel is the classic Italian "dutch oven".

This method of cooking has been used for producing some of the most delectable and delicious cuisine in Italy since before early Roman times. And as we all know the Italians certainly know a thing or two about excellent food. Terracotta pots for stew, bean, sauce, potato, bread and roasting pots for meats and veggies.

Cutter.gif Pizza Cutter - 4" Blade SKU: #4000

$8.60

Quantity: Don't let the price fool you. These cutters are light-weight and roll through your pie with ease.

Dishwasher safe. Detachable 100mm (3.9") blade.

Made in Italy.

red-and-white-checkered--dishtowels-napkins.png Red & White Checkered Towel/Napkins - 100% Cotton SKU: 5095

$7.85

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100% cotton, red and white checkered towels or as we like to use them... as napkins. Every Italian needs that extra-big napkin right? The little square ones just do not do our lifestyle justice.

The set includes 2 towels/napkins: 18-inch by 28-inch. Made of 100% cotton and hand-woven in India.

Perfect as a general all purpose working towel for the kitchen and throughout the home. Great accompaniment to our Red & White Checkered Tablecloth.

Southern-Italian-Desserts.png Southern Italian Desserts - Book by Rosetta Costantino SKU: #5112

$27.30 $23.95

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Southern Italian Desserts - Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily

An authentic guide to the festive, mouthwatering sweets of Southern Italy, including regional specialties that are virtually unknown in this country as well as variations on more popular desserts such as cannoli, biscotti, and gelato.

In Southern Italian Desserts, author of the acclaimed My Calabria, Rosetta Costantino, collects seventy-five favorite recipes from the regions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily. These picturesque areas have a rich history of beautiful desserts, many of them tied to holidays and festivals. For example, Zeppole di San Giuseppe are doughnut-like pastries topped with cream and cherries, traditionally made in Campania for the celebration of Father’s Day. And the Sicilian chilled watermelon pudding Gelo di Mellone is a refreshing dish served in summer for the festival of Palermo’s patron saint, Rosalia. Other desserts such as persimmon gelato, chocolate-dipped figs stuffed with almonds and candied orange peel, and chocolate-hazelnut cake rolls celebrate Southern Italy’s local bounty and traditional foods. With recipes for more familiar Italian desserts such as cannoli and gelato, as well as deliciously obscure sweets such as rich cassatas, almond-flecked cookies, and flaky cream-filled sfogliatelle pastries, Southern Italian Desserts features a treat for every occasion.

In addition to explaining the regional history, symbolism, and lore behind the desserts, Costantino teaches you how to stock your dessert pantry and provides all of the foundational recipes you need to embark on a sweet tour of the Italian south from your kitchen. This delightful confection of a cookbook will expand your dessert repertoire and leave you dreaming of Italy. Buon appetito!

The-Tuscan-Sun-Cookbook.png The Tuscan Sun book - Frances & Edward Mayes SKU: #5114

$26.90 $21.90

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The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen

“Tuscan food tastes like itself. Ingredients are left to shine. . . . So, if on your visit, I hand you an apron, your work will be easy. We’ll start with primo ingredients, a little flurry of activity, perhaps a glass of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and soon we’ll be carrying platters out the door. We’ll have as much fun setting the table as we have in the kitchen. Four double doors along the front of the house open to the outside—so handy for serving at a long table under the stars (or for cooling a scorched pan on the stone wall). Italian Philosophy 101: la casa aperta, the open house.” —from the Introduction

In all of Frances Mayes’s bestselling memoirs about Tuscany, food plays a starring role. This cuisine transports, comforts, entices, and speaks to the friendly, genuine, and improvisational spirit of Tuscan life. Both cooking and eating in Tuscany are natural pleasures. In her first-ever cookbook, Frances and her husband, Ed, share recipes that they have enjoyed over the years as honorary Tuscans: dishes prepared in a simple, traditional kitchen using robust, honest ingredients.

A toast to the experiences they’ve had over two decades at Bramasole, their home in Cortona, Italy, this cookbook evokes days spent roaming the countryside for chestnuts, green almonds, blackberries, and porcini; dinner parties stretching into the wee hours, and garden baskets tumbling over with bright red tomatoes.

Lose yourself in the transporting photography of the food, the people, and the place, as Frances’s lyrical introductions and headnotes put you by her side in the kitchen and raising a glass at the table. From Antipasti (starters) to Dolci (desserts), this cookbook is organized like a traditional Italian dinner.

The more than 150 tempting recipes include:

  • Fried Zucchini Flowers
  • Red Peppers Melted with Balsamic Vinegar
  • Potato Ravioli with Zucchini, Speck, and Pecorino
  • Risotto Primavera
  • Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Sausage
  • Cannellini Bean Soup with Pancetta
  • Little Veal Meatballs with Artichokes and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chicken Under a Brick
  • Short Ribs, Tuscan-Style
  • Domenica’s Rosemary Potatoes
  • Folded Fruit Tart with Mascarpone
  • Strawberry Semifreddo
  • Steamed Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Sauce

Frances and Ed also share their tips on stocking your pantry, pairing wines with dishes, and choosing the best olive oil. Learn their time-tested methods for hand rolling pasta and techniques for coaxing the best out of seasonal ingredients with little effort.

Throw on another handful of pasta, pull up a chair, and languish in the rustic Italian way of life.