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Bottega, CA

Bottega, CA Executive Chef: Michael Chiarello Cuisine: Southern Italian Price: $$$ Address: 6525 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 Phone: (707) 945-1050 Hours: Lunch: Tue – Sun 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Mon – Sun: 5:00pm – 9:30pm The countdown to Hermielle’s wedding continues with another post of Napa nostalgia… It was June 2012 − Natalya and I were … Continue reading

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Post Easter, I decided it was time to try out some spring pastas (despite the fact Singapore is essentially season-less).  My favorite spring pasta recipe is Pasta with Smoked Salmon & Peas in a Dill Cream Sauce.  I decided to try something a little different and found a recipe for Smoked Salmon Carbonara by BBC … Continue reading

Thai Basil Roasted Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes

Thai Basil Chicken is one of my favorite Thai dishes… however, this is not a recipe for that.  My Asian stir-fry and chili consumption had been a bit excessive of late and I was looking to cook something a bit blander and healthier.  I decided to go more towards the American-Italian grilled chicken pesto dishes … Continue reading

Basta Pasta, NYC

Basta Pasta Cuisine: Italian, Japanese Neighborhood: Flatiron, Price: $40-60 total per person Phone: (212) 366-0888 Address: 37 West 17th Street, NYC 10011 Basta Pasta was first established in Tokyo, Japan in 1985. The restaurant’s completely open kitchen was designed to resemble the Kitchen Theater of the popular TV program “Iron Chef”. Following the original restaurant’s … Continue reading

Paprika, NYC

Paprika Cuisine: Northern Italian Neighborhood: East Village, Alphabet City Price: $30-40 per person total + drinks Phone: (212) 677-6563 Address: 110 St. Marks Pl, NYC 10009 Hours: Brunch: 11AM-4PM Dinner: Mon-Thu: 5PM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 5PM-11:30PM, Sun: 5PM-10:30PM Paprika is a rustic Northern Italian restaurant nestled on St. Marks Place.  The soft candlelight and the vines weaving … Continue reading

Risotto with Prosciutto, Leeks, and Goat Cheese

It has been over a year since I first visited Beretta restaurant in San Francisco, and I still remember the incredible flavors of their risotto with prosciutto, leeks, and goat cheese.  This is still the best risotto I have tasted — primarily because I am obsessed with goat cheese and leeks.  The sweet sautéed leeks … Continue reading

Terroir Tribeca, NYC

Terroir Executive Chef: Marco Canora Chef: John Lomanto Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $30-50 pp Phone: (212) 625-WINE (9463) Address: 24 Harrison St., NYC Hours: Mon-Sat 4 pm-1 am Sun 4 pm-11 pm When the awesome duo of Marco Canora and Paul Grieco decided to bless Tribeca with a fantastic wine bar called … Continue reading

Mini Caprese

Insalata Caprese is a simple Italian salad made of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.  When you downsize all the ingredients to bite-size form, you get the perfect party appetizer that is both refreshing and, well, really cute.  I prefer to keep my Mini Caprese salad skewers very simple; I use the same olive oil + balsamic vinegar + … Continue reading

Bianca, NYC

Bianca Chef: Giancarlo Quadalti Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: NoHo Price: appetizers under $10, mains under $20  (cash only) Address: 5 Bleecker St., NYC 10012 Telephone: 212-260-4666 Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight; Sun 5pm-10:30pm Tucked away in the bustle of the NoHo neighborhood, Bianca is a gem of a restaurant serving up very affordable Italian fare with … Continue reading

Homemade Pesto with Penne Pasta

The basil in our Aerogarden has been growing wildly lately and needed to be, umm, harvested. To maximize its usage, I decided to make pesto because it would use the most basil and make something we haven’t tried in a while. I combined regular and lemon basil since both needed to be used up and … Continue reading