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Masseria Dei Vini: Exceptional Authentic Italian in New York City

Let’s get straight to the point: Masseria Dei Vini is serving some of the finest Italian food I’ve enjoyed in any restaurant outside of Italy. Certainly it’s some of the finest I’ve had in New York City in recent years, and that’s saying a lot considering how many Italian restaurants there are throughout the city. But the food at Masseria Dei Vini is so exceptional, sweetie and I went not just once but twice during our recent four-day vacation trip. We couldn’t stay away, there were too many things on the menu we wanted to try, and we simply couldn’t imagine having a better meal elsewhere.

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The quest for the perfect (Jewish) artichoke

Whenever I see artichokes at the market, I immediately think of Italy. I have never had better artichoke dishes than while in Rome and Venice, particularly while in the historical Jewish ghetto districts of both cities where artichokes, in season, are treated and prepared in the most delicious ways imaginable.

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Receipe test: Joe Sponzo’s Tuscan Pork Stew with Polenta

I’ve been utilizing Eat Your Books a bit more these days as they’ve got an increasing number of cookbooks indexed, compared to when I first signed up with the site 2+ years ago. I find myself especially cooking a lot more recipes from my pile of Food & Wine magazines (and yearly collections) as otherwise it’s nearly impossible to browse through them all and find the right recipe at the right time.

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Review: Bologna Cafe in Sarasota, Florida

The sweetie was understandably skeptical when I said there was an Italian restaurant in Sarasota I really wanted us to check out while on vacation. Florida isn’t exactly where one thinks of as a great destination for authentic Italian cooking, but in doing my pre-trip research I’d been intrigued by a place called Bologna Cafe. The website might look like something you’d find on Geocities in the 1990s, but the menu was very tempting, particularly with the promises of “Everything Homemade!” and that “We import directly all the ingredients that we use to prepare our Dishes”. Reviews online seemed to agree that Bologna Cafe was worth visiting and felt “authentically Italian”, so we decided to go for it – even if it meant an extra drive out of our way after a day-long conference at the Ringling Museum.

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Return to Venice…

Arrival in Venice - March 2007

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