When I went to New York we ate at several Italian restaurants during our travels there. But, one thing we can’t find where we live is amazing cuisine like New York s. It’s just not happening in my small town. I’ve had enough authentic Italian food to know the difference! Especially growing up with Italian grandparents, living near San Francisco and dining in the Italian district often. Today I’m sharing how everyone can have a little bit of Italy in their home cooking with a new cookbook!
Straight from the streets of New York city and Sal Scognamillo who grew up in his father’s restaurant learning how to cook. Then becoming executive chef in 1985. The recipes in this cookbook are the real deal in Patsy’s Italian Family Cookbook! Patsy’s name has earned national recognition via their line of pasta sauces and gourmet Italian desserts.
I’ve eaten at Patsy’s when I was in New York. The food and service was amazing. They made you feel at home. Nobody is paying me to say this! Seriously, if you visit NYC go eat there. But, if you can’t make it from their recipes from their new cookbook!
The cookbook includes an introduction, then a back story with the family history along with an overview of foods. Then goes onto the recipes.
Patsy’s Italian Family Cookbook Recipes;
- Salads and Soups
- Red Meat
- Sea Food
- Pasta and Risotto
- Vegetables and Side Dishes
- Holiday Dishes
- And a bit more
Appetizers like meatball-tini, bruschetta with baked figs and Gorgonzola. Then heading onto the soups such as pasta fagoioli, or three bean. There are classic meat dishes such as veal, Italian beef stew. The Steak Oreganata looks amazing and easy to make!
There are a few meat dishes I admit I’ll probably never try. I skip on through this Italian cookbook. I’ve always had a personal preference to chicken dishes. Hello, Chicken a la Vodka with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts! Topping my list of must try s!
More favorites Stuffed Zucchini, Rigatoni Quattro Formaggi with Sausage and Linguine with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto. These all take me back home to the old days living near San Francisco. The recipe’s ingredients list is to the left, instructions to the right. Basic, easy to follow.
But, there are a few recipes such as the Fillet of Sole with Sea Food Stuffing that might be challenging for a newer cook. Then on the flip side there is the Fried Cod Fritters or Flounder Milanese which are super easy to make.
There are a few recipes in this Italian cookbook that include wild ingredients such as boar, calamari or octopus. For the most part all the ingredients are things you should be able to pick up pretty easily.
If you already have the basics of cooking down this cookbook should be a winner for your authentic Italian food cooking. Well, I hope you get the chance to cook some Italian food soon. P.S. I didn’t even mention the desserts! There are quite a few. The hardcover book is beautiful and you can preview the recipes in the cookbook!
- I can’t wait to share a recipe or two I try. This Italian cookbook would make a great gift for someone.
- I did receive a copy of the book for reviewing. These are my 100% honest opinions of the cookbook
- It’s available in Hardcover or for Kindle: Patsy’s Italian Family Cookbook
What is your favorite Italian dish?