Traditional Italian dinner favorites get a tasty makeover with inimitable Western flair
The bright flavors of Italian salsa verde--olives and lemon--add Western flair to this chicken stew. The succulent texture
and robust flavor of boned, skinned chicken thighs stand up well to braising in this dish.
Recipe: Chicken stew with olives and lemon
Instead of loading pasta shells with lots of cheese, use less and combine it with delicate ribbons of fresh vegetables. A
mandoline will give you the most delicate veggie ribbons, but you can also use a vegetable peeler.
Recipe: Vegetable ribbon pasta shells
Transform classic puttanesca sauce into a topping for casual meatball sliders. These work well as a main course or as an appetizer.
Close them with long toothpicks if you like.
Recipe: Puttanesca meatball sliders
Try your favorite local blue cheese in this tasty risotto. Though Carnaroli and Arborio rices are traditional for the dish,
we discovered that less-expensive sushi rice, such as Nishiki, works just as well.
Recipe: Blue cheese and radicchio risotto
For extra-crunchy pork cutlets in this Western dish, think Asian fusion: Coat the meat with Japanese panko, not regular bread
Recipe: Pork Milanese with arugula, fennel, and parmesan salad
L.A. chef Mark Peel of Campanile revs up classic meatballs with mushrooms and fresh-cracked fennel. For a small group, serve
half the sauce (with half the pasta), then freeze the rest for dinner another night.
Recipe: Campanile's Spaghetti and Meatballs in Red Sauce