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When one combines the words "authentic" and "Italian" in the same sentence, one is bound to get in trouble; each region, each town, each family has their own way, the right way. When it comes to pasta, the debates rage on. While we preach no right way here, we can preach a good way -- and here are ten good (no, great!) recipes for classic Italian pastas. How does your nonna make them? Let us know in the comments!

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Tags: pasta, italian, italy, italian food

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Comments (12)


over 1 year ago Brandon

Kathy Arnold, your comment comes off quite preachy despite the fact that you aren't correct. La Nonna is absolutely a word in the Italian language that means Grandmother. Also, the author says in their opening comments that every region has their own way of cooking so your first comment shows that you didn't even properly comprehend the article. Your comment is basically an irrelevant statement followed by a wrong criticism . I think it's your ignorance that is showing...


almost 2 years ago nanw.

how true Kathy Arnold but i think the author was simply trying to make a statement, not a revolution!


almost 2 years ago Kathy Arnold

Every Family cooks different! Every region, every village, town. There are hundreds of dialects too. QUITCOMPLAINING ABOUT AUTHENTICITY. PS there is NO NONNA! IT IS NANNA PRONOUNCED THE EUROPEAN.... IKEA is pronounced E KAY UH, Gummi = GOOOMY..and so on.If you are going to attempt the Language AT LEAST LEARN THE VOWEL SOUNDS then maybe you can learn the rest of the alphabet. Mispronouncing is just as insulting as immigrants REFUSING to speak ENGLISH.


about 2 years ago rosalyne

Your blog about Italian food is really awesome. I like various cuisine food very much. I like Italian culture, tradition, Italian food etc . I have taken basic courses to make Italian cuisine recipes and i have made many delicious recipes. Last summer I have visited Italy as well as I have visited Italian restaurant. I like to drive Italian road at night . I have enjoyed Italian food very much.


over 2 years ago nanw.



over 2 years ago Francesco,Pasquini

pierino ci hai preso in pieno!


over 2 years ago Francesco,Pasquini

it's like saying jamie oliver cooks italian............................................................................


over 2 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

Would that be a "pasquinade"? Forza Roma!


over 2 years ago Francesco,Pasquini

ok. but these are not italian. they look italian if you're not italian...


over 2 years ago Fanny Riera

He probado cada uno de estos platos y son realmente exquisitos y faciles de preparar.


over 2 years ago Samantha Angela

I really like a simple Pasta with Lemon or Pasta with Tuna. Anything that's quick and easy are my favourites.


over 2 years ago thirteenJ

mmmm pasta w/lemon!