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Shut Up and Mangia!, Issue #002 -- Summertime Pasta
June 17, 2007

"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all" ~ Harriet van Horne

Happy Fathers Day to all you fathers out there. I hope you’re having a great weekend and someone is cooking for you today.

Unless you feel like tackling some of the grilling recipes I posted last week like that Porterhouse recipe.

I am not cooking today. My wife and kids are going to surprise me, which mean we will probably eat out.

I've included in this issue four new pasta recipes for subscribers only. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Site News

  • I’m still working on the wine section of the site. I said it should be up by the end of the month but it might take a little longer.

  • Last week I included an "About the Cook" section in which I dedicate my site to my Grandparents and Italian-Americans in general. As mentioned, I would like to build an Italian-American Heritage Preservation page. If anybody has any stories they would like to share please submit them. This is a great opportunity to preserve a memory of days gone by.

  • More restaurant reviews will be coming up soon if I ever get a chance to get out of the office.

  • And last but not least, feel free to join my "Italian Recipes Forum". I know it’s new but if you have any thoughts, ideas or questions here’s the place to post them. I monitor the forum everyday so I’ll be able to answer any question you may have a lot faster.
    New Restaurants

    Room 21 - Everyone is raving about Jerry Kleiners new restaurant “Room 21”. Located in an old prohibition warehouse on the city’s south side, this non -Italian restaurant is still worth mentioning. This 6,000 square foot space, serves up basic a American cuisine including steak diane, roasted halibut filet, crab cakes and burgers. Room 21 is located at 2110 South Wabash Ave.. Phone 312-328-1198 for reservations.

    Crust - Chef Michael Altenburg’s new organic restaurant serves up flatbread pizza to perfection. These wood-fired pizzas are topped with everything from pepperoni to béchamel sauce. Soups and sandwiches are also served. Crust is located at 2056 West Division St.. Phone 773-235-5511 for reservations.

    Via Carducci La Sorella - Giovanni and Jennifer Scalzo plan on opening their two story Italian restaurant later this month. They will be serving traditional Italian cuisine like veal lemone, chicken Vesuvius and papparadelle Bolognese. Via Carducci La Sorella in located at 1928 West Division Street. Phone 773-254-2244 for reservations.

    Sapori Napoli - This Lakeview Neapolitan Style Pizzeria serves some great antipasti selection including fried calamari and a caprese salad, plus pizza like the quattro stagioni, which is pizza with artichoke hearts, prosciutto, mushrooms, olives and mozzarella. Sapori Napoli is located at 1406 West Belmont Ave.. Phone 773-935-1212 for reservations.

    Chicago - Save up to 60% off dining


    Coming up on June 29 the Taste of Chicago 2007 begins thru July 8. Located in Grant Park, this marks the 27th year this event has taken place. The Taste feature around 60 restaurants cooking up some of you favorite dishes. For more information see for event schedules and participating restaurants. Don’t forget the great 4th of July fireworks show over Lake Michigan.

    Great Sites Just For Grilling

    Here is a couple of my favorite sites for some grilling tips, techniques and some great recipes. One of the best is, here you’ll find everything you need for some great barbeques. The other is the The Smoke . Both of these sites will keep you busy throughout the whole summer.

    Summertime Pasta Recipes

    Here a few summertime pasta recipes exclusively for you. Just click on Summertime Pasta and you’ll receive four new recipes - Arugula Salad with Tomatoes, Shells and Parmesan Cheese, Cavatelli with Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti with Broccoli, Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper and Three Cheese Macaroni with Pancetta. Let me know how they turn out.

    Final Thoughts

    Also I would like to Thank everyone again for making The Italian Grocer a great success. If you need any more Italian specialty items here’s the place to be.

    If you have any question on any recipe or any site suggestions or would like to share a recipe please contact me at any time or join our Great Chicago Italian Recipes Forum.

    Thanks Again,

    Phillip J. Speciale

    That's a discovery! That's Italian! That's
    Great Chicago Italian

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