The Arthur Avenue Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from the Real Little Italy

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The Arthur Avenue Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from the Real Little Italy New York - Cooking
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At the heart of the Bronx, a vibrant Italian-American community has thrived for some one hundred years, in the midst of which are theeateries - Mario's Restaurant, Randamo's raw bar, Mike's Deli, and others. The magic of these kitchens is now in your hands: delicious recipes, time-tested, tried, and true, like Sicilian Baked Ziti, Osso Buco, Olive Ciabatta,Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, and more. This intimate resource also provides a guide to the pastry shops, delis, restaurants, and other famous and less-known gems that line Arthur Avenue. Illus., color/b&w photos. 209p.

Editorial Reviews

We're not about to show disrespect to Rao's Italian friends up in the Bronx—so head uptown to Rao's Italian amici on Arthur Avenue. Besides, that aromatic boulevard is a strip of culinary legend. Whether your audience is made up of Gothamites or not, suggest this along with Frank Pellegrino's Rao's for a two-borough tour of the real Italian experience. Little Italy is fine for tourists, but Arthur Avenue is for the consiglieri. Ann Volkwein, the features manager for AOL CityGuide and former culinary producer for the Food Network, gathers the recipes that have made the old country a foodie's favorite destination. Lasagna, for instance: There are as many ways to cook it as there are catedrale in Italia. But Pellegrino goes the indulgent distance, larding it with the half the dairy case and most of the butcher's stockroom, while Volkwein presents a local's more minimalist and equally heavenly version that relies solely on sweet Italian sausage (along with a couple pounds of mozzarella and ricotta). Arthur Avenue, while presenting essential Italian dishes, stands out especially for its history of one of New York's most distinctive, colorful neighborhoods—one that, to this day, has resisted gentrification—and for its intensely vibrant photos by Vegar Abelsnes. It'll drive Manhattanites to their northern neighbor, and everyone else will find in it an outrageously delicious alternative to standard American fare. Copyright 2005, VNU Business Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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