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Tagliatelle agli spinaci con polpettine d’agnello One hundred years ago this month my grandfather, Gaetano Crocetti, arrived in America. He left his native Abruzzo and traveled west to Naples where he boarded the steamship Hamburg for the long voyage, trading the region’s towering mountain peaks, verdant hillsides, fields, vineyards for the smokestacks and steel mills […]
Spaghetti al sugo di carne We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962 I often find myself wondering what my grandfather, Gaetano Crocetti, thought as he sailed to […]
Mushrooms and Zucchini with Nepitella and Italian Parsley I love growing herbs and vegetables, and my garden offers quite a wonderful bounty. It must be in my DNA. As a youth in Abruzzo, my grandfather, Gaetano Crocetti was a farm laborer. We Crocettis’ have been at this for a very long time. If you read […]
Baked Egg Custard with Punch Abruzzo Infused with Punch Abruzzo, this silky liaison of milk, cream and eggs is comfort food that speaks Italian. Punch is a liquor from Abruzzo, the homeland of my grandfather, Gaetano “Pop” Crocetti. The flavor of Punch is a remarkable combination of citrus, coffee, chocolate notes and tobacco with a […]
From Abruzzo comes Guitar Cut Pasta with Lamb Ragù Abruzzo – from the majestic Gran Sasso to its beaches on the Adriatic Sea this part of Italy has postcard perfect terrain. To walk in the mountains of Abruzzo is to walk the age old route of the transumanza – the seasonal sheep migration, and indeed, […]
Especially popular at Christmas, Easter and weddings, ferratelle are a classic Abruzzese treat. In other parts of Italy these delightful waffle cookies are known as pizzelle, nevole, catarrette, cancellette and more, but in Abruzzo where my grandfather Gaetano Crocetti was born they are known as ferratelle. The implements used to make the cookies first appeared […]