By Kristine M. Kierzek Rossella Rago grew up making pastas and traditional dishes from Mola di Bari, the small Italian fishing village where her parents were born.   A first-generation Italian-American from Brooklyn, everything she learned about cooking came from her nonna. She knows her knife skills might raise an eyebrow or two. That's OK...

Dear Friends,I am thrilled to announce that on October 23, 2013, to celebrate the colorful Fall Season, I will be hosting a Dinner/Demo at one of my favorite restaurants owned and operated by a great Chef: Chef Rocco Sacramone, originally from Orsogna, a small town in Abruzzo. But wait, I'm not just hosting! The dinner will be a four course meal d...

Dear friends from Indianapolis and vicinity. On June 14-15, 2013 I will have the pleasure to be the special culinary guest at the Indianapolis Festa Italiana. I'm so excited to be part of this wonderful event and look forward to come to your city. However, to make the event even more exciting, I will be needing a Nonna to cook with me on stage. Wh...

by Jolene Ketzenberger   Who doesn't like Italian food, right? And the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival, returning June 14 and 15 after a year's hiatus, offers plenty of great eats. Plus, it's a low-stress fest — it runs for two evenings, admission is free, parking is free. If it rains, or you just can't do Friday, you can still go Saturd...

Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, is calling upon foodies everywhere to participate in its second Chef's Choice Recipe Contest taking place Sunday, July 19 in the Cucina Showcase. Beginning now through June 15, 2015, Festa Italiana is accepting Italian appetizer ("antipasti") recipe submissions by email or by mail. After the June 15...

When I first heard that Nonna and I were going to be teaching a class at La Scuola di Eataly in New York City, I couldn't believe it! When I attended La Scuola's opening about a year ago to watch the Dean of students, the incomparable Lidia Bastianich, demonstrate a spring menu, I never imagined that I would have the honor of being able t...

When you think about the models of young Italian Americans in the show business world, you sadly end up admitting that the most famous are the shameful boys and girls of Jersey Shore. Those girls, in particular, gave a very bad message and this happens even if you switch to Italian American adult women characters in a few stupid reality show. On t...