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September 20, 2016
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Peaches roll in late July, stealth in juicy promise. Italians eat them at harvest temperature, but I like mine cold from an ice bath. This mezcal cocktail combines the smoky Mexican spirit with cold peaches, mint, lime and tonic and will have you dreaming of the state fair…

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September 20, 2016
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Honoring #nationalicecreamday with a creamy ice cold amaro shake. It’s hot….you deserve it.  Ice cream, amaro, what else could you ask for?

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September 20, 2016
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watch out for this summer fruit overflow!!! Ladies and gents: introducing the STAR-SPANGLED SPRITZER – summer deliciousness in a pitcher…cheers and VOLUME UP!!

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September 20, 2016
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The first strawberries arrive and I go crazy and put them in everything including my wine, my drinks and even my risotto… for an aperitivo I love mojitos and this one is ginger strawberry.

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September 20, 2016
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The farmers market is a constant source of inspiration, today I found rhubarb and knew I could celebrate it at both the beginning and the end of the meal.

cocktails gin lime Rhubarb
September 20, 2016
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With winter behind us, spring drinking is lighter and less brown usually, and I love a Sea Breeze.  We Italianize it with grappa and I use my biz partners’ brand because it’s the real deal.

cocktail grappa
September 16, 2016

I was in Haiti with my pal José Andrés and he kept talking the whole trip down about rum sours… he was entranced and enchanted and as usual it turns out he was pitch perfect and right on the money.

cocktail haiti Honey jose andres lime lime wedge mint
September 14, 2016
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Pappa al pomodoro is a rustic dish with flavors of home cooking and end of summer comfort food. While this traditional Tuscan dish is typically eaten hot or at room temperature, I prefer it slightly chilled when tomatoes are at their peak in early September. My chilled tomato and bread soup will make you look as…

Bread chilled fall florence soup summer Tomato
September 8, 2016
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Esca’s Dave Pasternack makes a sensational crudo with fresh red snapper, zucchini blossoms and a kiss of lemon and olive oil.

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September 1, 2016

I love to play with sweet and savory, and this garden-inspired cocktail does just that!  Oozing with summery goodness, these “tomato-ritas” are the perfect drink for a late summer afternoon on the porch…or wherever you are.  Bonus: you can make gazpacho or panzanella with the leftover tomatoes.  Do it!!!

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
2:00PM - 4:00PM

Meet Mario at the Williams-Sonoma Columbus Circle location for a chance to have your Big American Cookbook signed by the king of Crocs!


Friday, January 6th, 2017
7:00PM - 11:00PM

Mario is joining Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski for an exclusive dinner at Calctsieu in NOLA. Mario will craft a menu featuring signature dishes from his vast Italian repertoire. This evening offers a unique opportunity for 150 guests to support the Link Stryjewski Foundation at an intimate dinner.

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Friday, January 13th, 2017
6:30PM - 9:30PM

Join Mario at Schola in Baltimore for an evening of making recipes. From Spaghetti all’Amatriciana to Pork Milanese with Squash Coponata and Bomboloni & Biscotti. Mario covers it all.


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