New York City’s 96th San Gennaro festival was in full swing at 1 pm on Wednesday when the Third Annual Zeppole Eating Contest was set to begin. The crowd was standing room only at the stage on the corner of Mott and Grand Street, just off the main festival route on Mulberry Street.

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Sweet Ending For Third Annual Zeppole Eating Contest 

Not many people can claim to have changed the course of culinary history, but Marcella Hazan is one of them. She wrote the 1973 volume, The Classic Italian Cook Book, introducing American home cooks to authentic, northern-style Italian cooking

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Marcella Hazan, author of The Classic Italian Cook Book, Focus of New Documentary By Filmmaker Peter Miller

Lasagna in America has become synonymous with baked casserole, but that isn’t necessarily the case in Italy. Sheets of lasagna are the oldest pasta shape, and the term refers to the noodle rather than a specific dish.

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The Surprising History of Lasagna Noodles

Italian immigrants arrived in America with bountiful, high-quality ingredients suddenly available to them. With these ingredients, they created many new dishes unheard of in Italy. Today, Americans want authentic Italian cuisine. So which sauces originate in Italy, and which were invented in America?

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Authentically Italian American: Where Do Our Favorite Sauces Originate?