I’ve mentioned before that when I started dating my husband, I quickly learned that he is part Italian and that his mother’s name, in fact was Italia.  And she liked to cook.  And Dave really liked her cooking.  So ... once it became clear we were going to stay together I took it upon myself to master the art of Italian cooking with the classic tome “Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.”  It still is the best, most complete most well-written and yet plain-spoken Italian cookbook out there - 25 years hence.  It’s a must if you don’t have it.  But it’s sort of ... a lot.  No photos + really, well, hefty.  

Enter the excellent Italian home chef Stanley Tucci to bridge the gap. I’ve had a celebrity crush on Tucci ever since he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the best foodie movie ever—The Big Night. He learned to cook by his Nonna’s side and he really knows what he’s doing, delicious-wise. And yes, Tucci knows how to make the show-stopping timpano and the recipe is in the book!

See you here!   — Sandy