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Benvenuto! Welcome to Mangia Magna

I’m called Mom, Nonna, BisNonna but my husband, Charlie, calls me Anita. I’m a fiercely proud first generation American and equally proud of my Italian heritage. I treasure the recipes and traditions passed down to me through many generations…

Italian Lunch

GNOCCHI SORRENTINA

A true comfort dish!   GNOCCHI:   1 MEDIUM SIZED DRY POTATO – like Russet 1 CUP FLOUR PINCH OF SALT 1 EGG YOLK 1 TBS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL –      plus some extra for greasing the casserole…

Italian Soups

PANCOTTO

Bread Soup – a simple soup that warms body and soul. This was a soup that my Little Nonna made often so I get to think of her as it simmers on the stove.   1 LB YUKON GOLD…

Italian Breakfast

PEARL HARBOR 12/7

On a quiet Sunday afternoon in Oahu, on December 7, 1941, while some people slept, some children played and Military men and women and man civilians thought about enjoying Sunday, the enemy quietly advanced. At 7:55 am a surprising…

Italian Dessert

“S” COOKIES

Italians love something mildly sweet especially a simple cookie not just for Breakfast, but also in the afternoon with tea or an espresso, or even better as a dessert with a glass of wine. These cookies are a delicate, slightly…

Italian Dessert

MOSTACCIOLI

These are one of Campania’s several Christmas spice cookies.  They are sometimes half covered with chocolate fondant, half with white and sometimes only with chocolate.  They are also made “imbottiti”, that is stuffed with dried fruits or a chocolate…

Italian Breakfast

BAKED CRESPELLE

(Crespelle are thinner, lighter crepes) A wonderful Holiday or Sunday morning breakfast.   ¾ CUP FLOUR 2 EGGS – large, almost room temperature ¼ CUP SUGAR 1 TSP VANILLA or ALMOND EXTRACT PINCH OF SALT 1 ½ CUPS MILK…

Italian Breakfast

EASY EGGPLANT TIAN

(where you skip all the breading) A refreshed French version which is lighter without losing any of the rich delicious and satisfying flavor.   2 LARGE FIRM EGGPLANTS PINCH OF KOSHER SALT 2/3 CUP OLIVE OIL 3 TBS BALSAMIC…

Family and Holidays

SICILIAN RICE TIMBALE

(A Very Impressive Dish)   2 CUPS ARBORIO RICE SALT – as needed FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER 1 ½ CUPS GRATED CHEESE – your favorite ½ LB PENNE RIGATE 2 ½ CUPS THICK TOMATO SAUCE – your favorite ½…

Italian Dessert

CHESTNUT CAKE

1 ½ CUPS CHESTNUT FLOUR 1/3 CUP SUGAR 1 TB BAKING POWDER 2 TB COCOA POWDER – more for dusting 2 TBS HONEY PINCH OF SALT ½ EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 2 LARGE EGGS – room temperature 1 CUP…

International Favorites

TUSCAN RICE MINESTRONE

A soup for all seasons!   ½ CUP EXTRAVIRGIN OLIVE OIL 1 LARGE POTATO – cut into small cubes 1 ONION – red or white, chopped 1/3 CUP BARLEY – quick cooking 3 GARLIC CLOVES – chopped 1 CUP…