Simple Italian Food

Recipes from My Two Villages


Mario’s first cookbook, Simple Italian Food draws inspiration from “Mario’s two villages”: Borgo Capanne – the tiny hillside village in Northern Italy where Mario lived and cooked at Tratoria La Volta for six years, and Greenwich Village, perhaps the epicenter of everything delicious in New York City and home to several of Mario’s renown restaurants, including Babbo Ristorante Enoteca.


Chapters covering antipasti, pasta and risotto, fish, meat and poultry, contorni and cheese and sweets offer classic dishes such as Baked Lasagne with Asparagus and Pesto and pork loin cooked in caramelized onions and milk alongside Batali’s own enticing improvisations–Penne with Spicy Goat Cheese and Hazelnut Pesto or Tuna Carpaccio with Cucumbers, Sweet Potatoes, and Saffron Vinaigrette.


And because his recipes succeed on the strength of their ingredients rather than on virtuoso techniques, home cooks can easily duplicate the clear, clean flavors and lively presentations that are Mario’s signature. Thirty-two pages of color photographs showcase Chef Batali’s colorful and approachable recipes.

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