There are so many reasons why Italians are
associated with romance...
|For one, they
know just how to show their passion and care by giving
thoughtful presents: Perugina chocolates, Prada sunglasses, a
horse head tucked into bed, a dead fish wrapped in newspaper...
you never have to guess how an Italian feels about you! But
really: the country is like a stage set of unparalleled beauty -
ravishing hillsides, stunning skies, sparkling waters - and
oh-so-stylish & attractive people! Italians take great pride in
handcrafted excellence; from their fashion to their mozzarella,
they know how to impart sensuality and enjoyment into every
single aspect of life.
A LETTER FROM SAN FRANCISCO CHEF ANDREA FRONCILLO
month of May was a whirlwind. Just the way I like my life to
be served up: hot, fast and daring. Before I left for Italy, I
spent 24 hours in Vegas with someone special... no, it was not
the Pope. We gambled and she won! And then I took to the
skies. As the plane circled before it landed, I was reminded of
the times when I was on the ground looking up - hoping to get
away - and now I've come full circle, longing to get back. Life
is funny that way, isn't it?
Italy was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be. I
stayed with my mamma and did all the good stuff - eat, sleep and
catch up on friends and family and the odd bit of gossip. I was
so happy to be there to celebrate Mother's Day with her, and
then of course my birthday a few days later. Which was my last
one, by the way. From now on, I refuse to have another birthday
or grow up any more than I have. I want to stay a bambino
We visited Capri Island and Positano, two of my favorite
places on earth, where we ate buffalo mozzarella with huge
pieces of fresh basil, sprinkled with sea salt and drizzled with
fine olive oil, and washed it down with a chilled glass of
campanaro, made in Fiano near Avellino. That's a hard meal to
beat! I took my mother to the artisan perfumer around the corner
from the Capri Palace who makes amazing perfumes, incense and
lemon-scented soap. I also bought some Ermenegildo Zegna linen
pants while we were on the island - in shades of tomato and
mustard and periwinkle - I'll remember the trip every time I put
I discovered a novelty drink in Napoli: it's called
"nicciolato," a concoction of espresso and liquid Nutella. The
result is a smooth, creamy chocolate drink with a strong kick.
Mmm! The Neapolitans love their food - they just passed a law to
ensure the sanctity of their pizza, so you can only imagine what
will come next. The day I left, there was a national airline
strike pending, so my flight was delayed a day... ahhh... my
passionate, tempermental people. I love them!
Since I mentioned Mother's Day last month, it's "Dad's" turn
now! No matter what kind of a dad you are (old? young? step?
sugardaddy?!), it's time to celebrate! If you want to pamper the
"dad" in your life, you're in luck: I've created a couple of
recipes just for you. I've been working on a lobster ravioli in
a tangy-sweet orange glaze that will knock his socks off. It
only tastes complicated!
Summertime is here, and that means festivals & food &
friends... I'll be attending the
Showcase of Wine and Food, like I do every year. I stay in
the Honor Mansion in
Healdsburg, one of the most charming and romantic secrets in
wine country. And then I'll be off to the
Festival during the last week of July, to participate in the
judging and cooking! If you've never been, you should check it
out; it's a blast.
My new attitude towards life and love is "more of
everything, please!" - the good and the bad. I promise not to
send any of it back... And now, I send you my best wishes and
hope that you'll crank up the sizzle in your world this summer.
Ciao for now!
That's me with my mother and sister on the left, and there's the
sparkling view of Positano from the beach on the right...
best part about going home is sitting back and letting mama do
the cooking... and boy, does she ever do it right. Here is her
recipe for skillet-roasted prawns, and a recipe for lobster
ravioli that I think you'll love.
• 2 lb. fresh jumbo prawns or langostinos
• 2 tblsp. Olive Oil
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tblsp. parsley, chopped
• Zest of 1 (organic) lemon
• Salt & pepper to taste
Clean and de-vein the prawns. In a bowl, mix together all
of the ingredients, reserving half of the parsley for garnish.
Toss in the prawns; stir to coat. Marinate for 2 hours.
Place an iron skillet over very high heat. Toss the
prawns onto the skillet; reduce heat. Cook for about 2 minutes
on each side; remove to serving platter. Squeeze lemon over the
top; garnish with chopped parsley.
Serve immediately... and don't forget to lick your fingers!
Lobster Ravioli in Sweet-Tart Orange
• 1 pkg. pot stickers wraps (preferably the round ones)
• 2 1-1/2 lb. Maine Lobsters (or 1-1/4 lbs. lobster meat)
• 1/8 cup finely chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped green onions
• 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
• 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
• 1 cup chopped spinach(optional)
• 1/4 cup cream
Steam lobsters and shell. Mix lobster meat with the rest of the
ingredients. Set aside.
Tangy Citrus Glaze
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 2 tblsp. brown sugar
• pinch salt
• 1 tsp. red chili flakes
• 1 tsp. Tabasco Sauce
• 1/8 cup finely chopped cilantro
• Zest of one lemon & one orange
• Juice of one lemon & one orange
Combine ingredients and heat in a heavy-bottomed skillet
until the volume is reduced to half.
Lay one pot sticker round on a floured surface and put a
spoonful of the lobster filling in the middle; lay another round
over the top and pinch around the edges to seal, using a few
drops of water if necessary.
Fry in 1/2 inch of olive oil until golden brown, about 3
minutes. Place on serving plate and drizzle with orange glaze.
Garnish with cilantro sprigs.
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Summertime is Here!
new Farmer's Market opened up on Chestnut Street in San
Francisco recently, and I kicked off opening day with an
extended cooking demonstration. It was great fun - I made a lot
of food, and the audience was happy because they got lots of
bites! Support your local farmer's markets if you can - they're
an amazing source of fresh, delicious food. I recommend taking a
This coming weekend, I'll be on stage at the North Beach
Festival in legendary Washington Park. It's a non-stop party
to mark the kickoff of summer. If you're in the area, come on
down - we'll be dancing and carrying on like crazy fools!
Elsewhere in the City, the Purple Onion continues to be
my favorite place to relax and unwind. I like to have a bite to
eat upstairs at Cafe Macaroni and then head downstairs to the
club. The atmosphere is charming & romantic, and of course I
always end up on the dance floor. Bravo, Mario. And thank you,
Steph, for the great barbeque and your hospitality last Sunday.
Who loves you, baby?!
Can't wait to get back to Vegas... I'm waiting for my
partner in crime, Giovanni Scala to return from Italy so that we
can go back and play once again!
Planning a trip to Capri Island?
Caesar Augustus discovered it first;
hundreds of years later, Jackie O. vacationed here and caused a
frenzy for the island's handmade sandals. Capri is a favorite
getaway for royalty and writers and artists, who all enjoy its
rustic charm, breathtaking beauty and historical ambience.
If you're lucky enough to have a trip to Capri Island in your
future, be sure to check out our guide to get you started on
places to stay and things to do. Though we think it might be
impossible to have a bad time on the island, no matter what...
Romantic Guide to Capri Island
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