The Tomato Lovers’ Guide to Every Locally Used Type of Tomato

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Tomato-tomahto, they’re all the same – right? Wrong! There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different types of tomatoes available, and each one brings with it a unique taste and texture. That’s why, when trying new sauce recipes or a new dish entirely, you want to make sure you are paying attention to which type of tomato the recipe calls for and which one you are grabbing at the store.

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Not Your Grandmother’s Lasagna Recipe Ideas for the Home Cook

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When you think of a hearty, ooey-gooey pasta dish that will feed an army, lasagna may come to mind. Traditional lasagna you’re used to eating combines layers of tomato sauce, cheese, and meat.  While the classic recipe is delicious and comforting, you may want to get more creative in your own kitchen. Lasagna, traditional or not, can be intimidating to make. Cooking and assembling this dish is a labor of love, but is it too complicated for the home cook? Absolutely not! All you need is your choice of sauce, pasta, and a filling. Don’t want cheese? Swap it for pesto. Lasagna is the perfect food to tailor to your dietary needs and preferences.

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Soffritto: What You Should Know About the Cornerstone of Italian Cuisine

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Soffritto is the first step to creating many hearty, delectable Italian dishes. It requires time and precision, but in the end, the time you spend chopping vegetables and cooking them in healthy fat is worth it. A traditional soffritto will add depth of flavor to just about any dish you create. Learn more about the authentically Italian dish here.  

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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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Temporary Closure at Edgewater Location

Temporary Closure at Edgewater Location Unfortunately, we have learned that one of our Edgewater staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, Spizzico’s Edgewater location will be closed until further notice. We are currently arranging for our other staff members to be tested. Only after it is

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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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Not All Cheese is the Same!

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… Nor would we want them to be! From a delightfully rich Gorgonzola to a creamy ball of fresh mozzarella, there’s something to love about every type of cheese. Especially when they’re included in our favorite Spizzico dishes. But, not all cheese is created equal. Let’s take a look at where some of the most popular Italian cheeses come from, how they’re made, and the best way to enjoy them.

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How to Celebrate Labor Day in 2020

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If you told us in January how 2020 would go, we would have thought you were kidding. There was a global pandemic that shut down everything, from schools to small businesses like ours. We all had to navigate quarantine, less social contact, and many other lifestyle changes. Now with September fast approaching, we are wondering what holidays, like Labor Day will look like. So, we decided to put on our thinking caps and come up with some solutions – 2020 style. Here are some fun and innovative ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend this year.

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5 Dishes to Try That Aren’t Pizza

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It goes without saying that pizza will always remain a top contender among the world’s most popular foods. Truth be told, we have no qualms about eating it every night. But, sometimes it’s fun and necessary to venture out of the confines of our typical takeout order. After all, pizza and spaghetti barely scratches the surface of Italian delicacies and dishes. And, even though leaving your cheesy comfort zone is never easy, your taste buds will appreciate the variety. Here are 5 Italian dishes to try that aren’t pizza (but are still equally delicious).

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