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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Bagna Caoda
  -Scarpone alla Marinara
  -Scallopine alla Pizzaiola

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 Recipe: Bagna Caoda

Bagna Caoda
Anchovy Sauce


1.2 cups virgin olive oil
1/2 cup salted anchovies
6 garlic cloves
2.5 tbs unsalted butter


Clean and bone the anchovies, slice or crush the garlic.

Place the butter on low heat, preferably in a terracotta pan, melt and add the garlic and let it simmer until it "melts", it must not brown, then add the anchovies and the olive oil.

Crush the anchovies with a fork and simmer until the mixture forms a thick paste, about ten minutes. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Scarpone alla Marinara

Scarpone alla Marinara
Eggplants Marinara


6 fresh firm eggplants
1.5 lb mussels
2 ripe crushed tomatoes
3 ounces Provola cheese diced
1 ounce grated Pecorino cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs soaked in milk
16 torn basil leaves
1/2 spoon oregano
Virgin olive oil for frying
Freshly ground pepper


Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, scoop out the pulp and cut it into small squares. Fry the pulp and shell separately and drain off the excess fat on kitchen paper.

In a large open saucepan with a little water, heat the mussels to open their shells. Remove the mussels and chop roughly.

In a large bowl mix the mollusks, tomatoes, diced eggplants, Provola cheese, basil and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper and fill each eggplant shell.

Place the filled shells in an oiled oven dish and sprinkle with Pecorino cheese and oregano and bake at 350 F (180 C) for 15 minutes. Serve luke warm or cold. Serves 6.

That's it!

 Recipe: Scallopine alla Pizzaiola

Scallopine alla Pizzaiola
Veal Pizzaiola


8 slices of best end of beef
1 tin of diced tomatoes or 1 lb ripe diced tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup white wine
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper


Heat the olive oil and garlic in a non-stick pan and when it is hot fry the meat slices on both sides.

When they are golden brown set them aside and put the tomatoes in the same pan, with the oregano, salt and pepper and reduce the sauce.

Put the meat back into the pan and add the white wine, raise the heat to evaporate the wine for a minute or two. Serve hot. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Milan Man Summoned to Pay 12,000 Euros for Offensive Letter

Milan - April 9 - More than 12,000 Euros ($14,400) is the price that Elio Braga will have to pay for an anonymous letter mailed to the husband of a wife whom he defined as a "liar".

The victim, Silvia Sepe, had pressed charges against the author of the handwritten letter and judge Paola Gandolfi of the first section of the Civil Court of Milan had accepted the request for compensation.

Braga was sentenced to pay 7,000 Euros to the victim plus an additional 5,048 Euros for legal costs.

"Porca Miseria!" This story is dedicated to all you wonderful women.

Can you please tell us stupid and ignorant men what drove Silvia and Judge Paola to such angry and harsh behavior towards this poor Italian guy because we don't believe for a minute it has to do with the "liar" letter!

We love you but we don't understand you...

Most women in Italy live better than Cleopatra. Women from other countries would give up their left breast to live like the women here.

We don't mind that some of you look and walk around like you're in your ninth month of pregnancy so cut us a little slack. We have problems of our own.

And we don't complain when we encounter your small problems of stubble; a few hairs that pop up here and there in a few unshaved places. We know that, sometimes, you'll insist that you don't want to shave unless it's for some occasion.

At that point, all we can do is just shut up and pray for a forest fire.

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