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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fettuccine con Pancetta e Finocchio
  -Stufato di Carne di Vitello con Vino Rosso e Peperoni Dolci
  -Carne di Maiale con Pancetta, Pangrattato e Pomodori

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 Recipe: Fettuccine con Pancetta e Finocchio

Fettuccine con Pancetta e Finocchio
Fettuccine with Pancetta and Fennel


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, cut into toothpick-sized strips
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 large fennel bulbs, fronds chopped, bulbs cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 cup whipping cream
1 lb fettuccine
Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add pancetta and garlic; saute until garlic is pale golden, about 4 minutes.

Stir in 1/3 cup chopped fennel fronds, fennel wedges, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper.

Cover and cook until fennel wedges are soft, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Add cream; cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook fettuccine in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.

Toss pasta with fennel mixture and enough reserved cooking water to coat.

Season with salt and pepper. Serve, passing Parmigiano cheese separately. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Stufato di Carne di Vitello con Vino Rosso e Peperoni Dolci

Stufato di Carne di Vitello con Vino Rosso e Peperoni Dolci
Veal Stew with Red Wine and Sweet Peppers


2 lbs 1-inch pieces trimmed veal stew meat
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, flattened
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3/4 cup dry red wine
2 cups Italian-style tomatoes with juice
1 tablespoon crumbled dried sage leaves
2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 x 1/2-inch strips
2 tablespoons drained capers


Toss veal with flour in medium bowl; shake off excess.

Sprinkle veal with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.

Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Discard garlic.

Add butter to same pot and let melt.

Working in batches, add veal to pot and saute until brown, about 6 minutes per batch.

Using slotted spoon, transfer veal to bowl.

Add wine, tomatoes with juices and sage to pot, breaking up tomatoes with back of spoon and scraping up any browned bits.

Return veal and any accumulated juices to pot; bring to boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 30 minutes.

Add bell peppers to stew; cover and simmer until veal and peppers are very tender, stirring frequently, about 50 minutes.

Stir in capers. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Before serving, rewarm over medium heat, stirring often.) Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

 Recipe: Carne di Maiale con Pancetta, Pangrattato e Pomodori

Carne di Maiale con Pancetta, Pangrattato e Pomodori
Pancetta-Wrapped Pork with Breadcrumbs and Tomatoes


10 ounces boneless pork loin, cut into 1/4-inch-thick cutlets
16 thin pancetta slices
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
One 1-pint basket cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup dry white wine


Pound cutlets between sheets of waxed paper to 1/8-inch thickness.

Overlap 2 pancetta slices on work surface to form oval of same size as pork.

Place 1 pork cutlet atop pancetta.

Repeat with remaining pancetta and pork.

Mix Parmigiano cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley and garlic in small bowl.

Mix in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide mixture among cutlets.

Fold in short ends and roll up pork and pancetta, enclosing filling completely. Use toothpicks to secure rolls.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add rolls and cook until pancetta is crisp, turning frequently, about 2 minutes.

Transfer rolls to plate. Remove toothpicks.

Add onion and fennel seeds to drippings in skillet; saute until soft, about 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes; saute 5 minutes.

Add wine and simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Return rolls to skillet.

Cover skillet and cook over low heat until pork is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

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:

Italian Party Getting Quite Annoyed with Take Out Food

Milan - July 18, 2008 - Diners hungry for Chinese carry-out or Middle Eastern kebabs in Italy could have their choices limited under a regional law proposed by the anti-immigrant Northern League on Thursday.

The League called for the Lombardy regional council to allow cities to bar from their historic centers businesses that are "incompatible with the historical context."

"For example, fast food, Chinese restaurants, kebab, sex shops are types of commercial activity that clash heavily with a 1,000-year-old historic district, as is typical of Lombard reality," Daniele Belotti, a regional councilor with the League, said in a statement.

The measure is aimed at maintaining the character of historic town and city centers, it said.

Lombardy is the stronghold of the Northern League, part of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative coalition, and Italy's industrial heartland.

Other Italian regions, such as Tuscany, have laws that allow cities to limit business in their historic centers, Belotti said.

Like elsewhere in Europe, more and more Italians eat meals away from home and their traditional Mediterranean diet that includes pasta, fish, olive oil and red wine is losing ground.

"Ahhh, sta pippa!" Italian politicians hard at work creating the perfect civil environment.

The polenta-slurping racist members of the Northern League party have a tough, and often harsh, stance on crime, illegal immigration (especially from Muslim countries), Southern Italians (often dubbed as "terroni"), and terrorism. The party supports immigration from non-Muslim countries in order to protect the "Christian identity" of Italy and Europe, which, according to harebrained party officials, should be based on so-called "Judeo-Christian heritage".

Hard to believe, the party leadership dismisses charges of racism and declares itself loving and non-violent. However; there have been instances of speeches, interviews and banners pointing otherwise. The supreme peckerhead leader, Umberto Bossi himself, who described African immigrants as "Bingo-Bongos", in an interview suggested opening fire on the boats of immigrants who would disembark in Italy, but after widespread criticism he declared he was referring to empty boats.

Erminio Boso, a sparkling and gifted local leading jackass from the Province of Trento, proposed to segregate immigrants in different train cars from native Italians.

The former lustrous and compassionate mayor of Treviso, Giancarlo Gentilini, while in office, spoke about those he called "immigrant slackers", saying, "We should dress them up like hares and bang-bang-bang."

Umberto Bossi: "The Lega [Nord] must be like an army at war: desertions are not permitted; whoever maneuvers in the underworld of other parties will be unmasked and hunted down without mercy. Imagine finding this in your next fortune cookie.

"Cazzo", what one has to put up with just for a take out order of Kung Pow chicken and fried rice!

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