Italian Food and Cooking

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    August 12, 2014

    Queens on the Adriatic: An Old-School Italian Standby Stands Out

    When you enter Trattoria L'incontro (21-76 31st Street, Queens, 718-721-3532), you may be greeted by an unironic exclamation of "Mamma mia!" It came on a recent visit from chef and owner Rocco Sacramone, who, on any given night, can be found schmoozing diners old and new. It's a mistake to read the ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Amorino's Macarons al Gelato

    It's National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, and with already so many options in NYC to choose from, Amorino (60 University Place, 212-253-5599) presents eight more with its line of macarons al gelato.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    How to Score Free Gelato Today, July 9

    So nice of New York City's ice cream and gelato purveyors to shower us with free frozen treats this summer. Haven't yet taken advantage? You have another opportunity today -- Amorino is opening its second New York City location at 162 Eighth Avenue, and it's giving away free gelato in celebration.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    10 Best Restaurants for Vegetarian Food in New York (Even if You're Not a Vegetarian!), 2013 Edition

    There are plenty of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in New York. Some deal in chewy gluten strips and meat facsimiles, others turn out raw foods and seed pastes, but there are plenty of places where you don't need to be a devotee to enjoy the food. Go for a meatless meal at these restaurants for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Ordering at Roberta's: Pick Any Pizza, Be Cautious About Dessert

    By now, everyone's heard of Roberta's Pizza in Bushwick. Even the Clintons stopped by for a bite last September. The pizzas, made in a wood-burning oven, feature delectable toppings like house-made pork sausage, herbs grown in the restaurant's rooftop garden, and quality cheeses like tallegio and cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Vegan Pasta Alla Carbonara? Apparently, It Does Exist

    Are looks deceiving? ​Few foods remain as shrouded in mystery as pasta alla carbonara.The plate -- traditionally a rib-sticking combo of pasta, egg yolk, cream, pancetta, and parmigiano-reggiano -- has several origin myths. 

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    The Wild and Wacky Flavors of Laboratorio del Gelato

    ​Beet is one of the stranger new flavors at Laboratorio del Gelato. Now that Laboratorio is in its new digs on Houston Street, steps away from Katz's Deli, we can realize just how wonderful their oddest flavors can be. In the old place on Orchard, maybe there were plenty of off-the-wall sel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Let the Madness Begin: We Eat Our First Ramps of the Season

    Chantal MartineauCiano's ramped-up gnocchi.​ A number of restaurants in the city are getting a jump on the ramp madness that overtakes New York each year. Not to contribute to the mania, but we're happy to report that at least one of these early ramp dishes has made its way into our belly.

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    March 11, 2011

    Our 10 Best In-Store Dining Experiences

    Robert SietsemaIkea: Good for cheap furniture and cheap food, like this meatball plate.​ Shopping can be an exhausting activity, and not just for one's wallet. Which is why it's so great when stores have on-site restaurants and cafés. Instant refueling to induce more shopping! So for this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Timi's Gelateria Is Now Open on St. Marks Place

    ​To everyone coping with the sci-fi frozen dessert void created by the recent closure of Lulu & Mooky's, take heart: Timi's Gelateria opened today on St. Marks Place. And though it isn't offering ice cream birthed with liquid nitrogen, it is pushing gelato made by robots.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Chef Massimo Bottura of Italy's Francescana Spotted Bartending in Little Italy

    Massimo Bottura​Today marked the last day of Identità NY, the fancy Italian food fest held at Eataly over the past three days, where 11 of the world's most acclaimed Italian chefs were invited to cook. The event culminated in an 11-course 60-person $400 meal last night at Manzo Ristorante. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Michael White's Osteria Morini to Open on Monday

    Michael White touches down in Soho on Monday.​Between the opening of Eataly, Del Posto's four-star Times review, and mounting anticipation about Porsena, Italian food is having quite a busy autumn. On Monday, Michael White will add to the excitement when he opens Osteria Morini, his trattoria ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 1, 2010

    Olio Pizza e Piu and Campo de' Fiori Dish Up the Pies

    We chew our way through two new pizza joints

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Buttermilk Channel's Brown Butter, Corn, and Mushroom Linguine

    ​Carroll Gardens' Buttermilk Channel has an entire menu dedicated to meatless dishes, so it's not surprising to find fine vegetarian fare at the restaurant. What is surprising, though, is just how extraordinarily delicious this simple plate of pasta manages to be.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Rose Gray, of London's River Cafe, Has Died

    Andrew Crowley/TelegraphThe River Cafe's Rose Gray​ Rose Gray, the co-founder of London's pioneering River Cafe and co-author of the equally influential River Cafe Cookbook, died of cancer yesterday at the age of 71, the Guardian reports. The River Cafe, which Gray opened with Ruth Rogers in 1 ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010


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    February 3, 2010

    Is Freekeh the Next Big Grain?

    MlleNoelle.wordpress.comWill chefs get freekeh fever?​ Contained within the Times' glowing review of the Northern Spy Food Company is a mention of the restaurant's risotto, which is made from freekeh, a roasted green wheat. The grain, combined with the risotto's butter and mascarpone, earns th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Recipe: Make Antonio Prontelli's Venison Stew With Chestnuts and Dried Apricots & Mascarpone Polenta

    Chef Antonio Prontelli gets his game on.​Seems like everyone is getting into game these days. It's wild, lean, and full of flavor. But cooking it isn't exactly a no-brainer -- the risk of ending up with a tough hunk of meat is high. Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Cafe avoids this proble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Missy Robbins on the Opening of A Voce Columbus

    ​When A Voce Columbus opens tomorrow night, it will make Missy Robbins technically twice as busy as she's been for the past year. Robbins will be traversing the great uptown-downtown divide as the executive chef of both A Voce Columbus and A Voce Madison, overseeing two kitchens and two differ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Recipe: Make Cesare Casella's Insalata di Uova e Carne Secca del Pontormo

    ​Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto shares his recipe for Insalata di Uova e Carne Secca del Pontormo, a signature dish at the salumeria/restaurant that has been a diners' favorite since its opening. "This salad is popular because it's simple, but has so much flavor," says Casella. " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    CSA Challenge--Young Garlic, Green Garlic, Greens

    We recently joined the Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and have been enjoying the challenge of figuring out what we want to eat based on what we have, instead the other way around. Right now, we have greens, greens, more greens and garlic. We pulled out the garlic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    James Beard Semifinalists Announced

    The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant;  Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema Suggests Red Sauce

    Like Lady and the TrampThis week, Our Man Sietsema is in Dyker Heights at Colandrea New Corner Restaurant, which is not new at all, having been founded in 1939. We gather that it's the sort of place that's decorated in the flamboyant style of old Italian aunties--all bad oil paintings and fake class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Incredibly Cheap Eats: Buon Pane Focaccia

    Left: onion, artichoke, olive, Parmesan; Right: broccoli, mushroom, Gorgonzola, rosemaryThe Union Square Greenmarket, while one of the best food landmarks in the city, is not often a place I think of for Incredibly Cheap Eats. Usually, I buy my brussels sprouts or radishes or tomatoes there because ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2006

    Leave the Gun, Take the Marinara

    Umbertos moves its tasty crustaceans and shellfish to the Bronx

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    August 22, 2006

    No Ass

    The return of a Park Avenue South northern Italian favorite

  • NYC Life

    May 16, 2006

    Garden State

    Eating alfresco never tasted so good

  • Dining

    August 9, 2005

    Date Spot

    Retro Italian fare finds a sure footing on Carmine Street

  • NYC Life

    April 12, 2005

    The Big Chill

    Manhattan's many ice cream and gelato styles

  • Dining

    December 28, 2004

    Fool's Gold

    A Park Slope trattoria adds new recipes to the repertoire

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    October 5, 2004

    Where's Lardo?

    East Village Roman attempts to answer the perpetual question

  • Dining

    June 29, 2004

    Love Celery

    Baby 'chokes and pea shoots at new Prospect Heights pizzeria

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    June 15, 2004
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    June 1, 2004
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    May 4, 2004

    Micro-Size Me

    This minuscule East Village café outcooks the behemoths

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    June 24, 2003

    Like Gangbusters

    Howard Beach Invades the Slope

  • NYC Life

    May 27, 2003
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    May 20, 2003
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    May 6, 2003

    Crazy Eights

    Imprinting Greenwich Village

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    April 29, 2003
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    April 22, 2003
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    April 15, 2003
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    April 8, 2003
  • Dining

    March 25, 2003

    Fathered By Flagels

    Savoring the Bensonhurst Octopus

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    December 18, 2001
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    October 30, 2001
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    September 11, 2001
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    November 28, 2000
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