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.
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
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.
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?