Italian-American food can be absolutely, soul-rattlingly wonderful…when done at a high quality level. I make it at home all the time, slaving over the acquisition of ingredients and execution of dishes as if I were cooking frickin’ haute cuisine. Here are my five fave Italian-American dishes, and how I ratchet them up.
Truly, I never met an ingredient I didn’t like, except maybe sea slugs. But that omnivorous ardor doesn’t mean I don’t have favorites. When I’m planning a dinner party, I always mentally summon up my protein-faves (unless my vegan daughter is attending!), and start the menu-planning from there.