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An Italian-American Feast to Make at Home

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You know the restaurant I'm talking about. The one your family would go on your birthday, the place your baseball team always visited at the end of the season. The menu is laminated and six pages long; the tablecloths are white. The wine list consists of "house red" and "house white." You can get the Caprese salad no matter if tomatoes are in season and the cheese on the eggplant Parm is half an inch thick. Maybe the waiter even makes the Caesar salad tableside, tossing it dramatically in a massive bowl.

Sure, there's modernized, more seasonally-driven, more Italian food—but I'd challenge you to show me something more satisfying than classic, red-saucy Italian-American food. Pick up your own bottle of house red, make a white-tablecloth feast at home, and, as my Italian-American mother would say, mangia:

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Insalate e Antipasti

Mozzarella
Mozzarella
Allen Miglore's Caesar Salad
Allen Miglore's Caesar Salad
Classic Garlic Bread
Classic Garlic Bread

Pasta

Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe
Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese
Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese
Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine Alfredo
Classic Potato Gnocchi
Classic Potato Gnocchi
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
Ina Garten's Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola
Ina Garten's Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola

Entrata

Veal Scallopine with Lemon & Parsley
Veal Scallopine with Lemon & Parsley
Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan
Rao's Meatballs
Rao's Meatballs
How to Make Lasagna Without a Recipe
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How to Make Lasagna Without a Recipe
Classic Chicken Piccata
Classic Chicken Piccata

Dolci

Fennel Biscotti
Fennel Biscotti
Classic Tiramisu
Classic Tiramisu
Italian Rainbow Cookies
Italian Rainbow Cookies
Homemade Cannoli
Homemade Cannoli

Close your eyes and imagine your neighborhood Italian spot. Now tell us about it in the comments!

Tags: italian food, red sauce