5 Awesome Autumn Dinner Party Ideas for Marylanders

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As summer comes to a close and autumn invites that slight chill to the air, there comes a sense of togetherness best exemplified by dinner plans. Whether you’re hoping to invite your family over for a quiet indoor dinner at home or you’ve been struck by a sense of adventure, having a few dinner party ideas in your pocket is essential. If you happen to be in Maryland this Fall, here are a few things you can keep in mind when figuring out what you should do for dinner.

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How to Travel to Italy Without Leaving Your House

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Italy is a beautiful country with amazing food, exquisite architecture, and a rich history. While many people dream of traveling to Italy, finding the time to schedule a special getaway can be a bit challenging, especially if you want to include the entire family. The good news is that you can take a trip to Italy without ever leaving your home! Don’t believe us? Here are some wonderful ways to experience all that Italy has to offer — all from the comfort of your couch!

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How to Cook Perfect Al Dente Pasta Every Time

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Does mastering the perfect al dente pasta feel like a never-ending science experiment? Sure, getting the water boiling and plopping your pasta in is the easy part. It’s the timing that throws you off, right? Well, you’re not alone.
Learning how to cook it correctly can be a bit tricky as it comes down to several factors, including the type of pasta and the timing in the pot. And, there’s a big difference when it comes to cooking dry or fresh pasta.

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5 Expert Tips on Being an Authentic Italian Cook

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You know when you get that craving for Italian food. One where no other type of cuisine will suffice. Whether it’s a simple pasta dish or a big old pizza pie, there’s nothing better than a hearty, homemade Italian dish. But, have you ever wondered why it tastes so good? And, what can you do to get that authentic Italian taste at home? Check out our top tips to become an expert, authentic Italian cook at home.

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Why Calzones Are Seriously Underrated Deliciousness

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The calzone, which amusingly translates to “pant leg”, began its origins in Naples, Italy in the 1700’s. It is typically a half-moon pocket of dough filled with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and other pizza-like meats and veggies. Sounds delicious, right? Of course it does. So, why is the calzone often overlooked? Let’s take a look inside the seriously underrated deliciousness of the calzone.

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Spizzico’s New Location in Edgewater, Maryland

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At the end of 2019, we were able to open our second location in Edgewater, Maryland. We are excited to get involved and grow in a new community. Gino, the owner, contact a childhood friend and previous business partner, Rosario Lubrano to come to help him. We sat down with Rosraro to ask him about Spizzico and the new location.

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4 Popular Pasta Noodles and Their History

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Ever wonder why pasta noodle look so different? It’s easiest to understand why when you look at how sauces are treated in relation to pasta, especially in Italy. Once you understand that the sauce isn’t the main focus, you start to realize how important pasta is to a dish. For Italians, we very much pride ourselves on our food. So let’s appreciate the main ingredient with these 4 popular pasta noodles and their histories.

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The History of Calzones

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Sometimes referred to as an inside-out pizza, calzones are made from pizza dough and stuffed with meats, sauces, cheeses, and vegetables. Then, it’s folded over on itself into a half-moon shape, baked in the oven, and served with marinara sauce on the side or atop the calzone. And, as decadent and satisfying as they are, this Italian classic also has a fascinating history that’s as rich as the sauce we use to make them. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of calzones, dating all the way back to 18th-century Italy.

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To Pineapple or To Not: A Pizza Debate

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ne of the biggest debates of the 20th century is pizza-related. Nearly everyone can agree that pizza is amazing. It’s the perfect meal for parties and movie nights, and you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Not to mention, when you don’t feel like cooking, pizza is always there. But, this slice of cheesy goodness has sparked a debate that rages on with no end in sight. And so, the age-old question remains: Is pineapple a suitable pizza topping?

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