Monthly Archives: June 2011

La Pasta Fredda

La Pasta Fredda is a dish that calls to us over and over again in the summer months.  We’ve made this pasta salad hundreds of times, and each time we make it exactly the same way.  The only things that … Continue reading

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Prosciutto e Melone

Hello, Friends.  We’re back!  We haven’t posted for a while because a needed back surgery sidelined Cara for the better part of last week. We are home again and after a week of hospital food, ready to get back in … Continue reading

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The Butcher Block: Authetic Italian in Northeast Minneapolis

When we left Rome and moved to the States, well-intentioned family and friends often offered to take us to their favorite Italian restaurants.  Each time we were let down – the food was just not authentic. For example, in Italy … Continue reading

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Today Due Spaghetti reached 1,000 hits!  Thanks to everyone who has visited our blog these past few weeks.  We are having fun sharing our favorite food, wine and all things Italian with you, and we hope you will continue to … Continue reading

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La Pizza Rossa a Campo de’ Fiori

When you visit Rome, you will of course stop by Campo de’ Fiori, one of the most colorful and lively piazzas of the ancient city.  Its name means field of flowers, because during the middle ages it was a meadow. … Continue reading

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La Caprese

Do you remember Homer’s story The Odyssey, when Odysseus ties himself to his ship’s mast in order to not succumb to the call of the Sirens? Reportedly, Odysseus was near the dramatic cliffs of the south coast of Isola di … Continue reading

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Tonno e Fagioli

Too hot to cook!  103° degrees Farenheit (nearly 40° Celcius) in Minneapolis today, and dinner needed to be something simple and light.  Tonno e fagioli, which our boys call Tuna-Bean Salad in English, was our answer.  The tuna and beans … Continue reading

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