After the primo was, of course, secondo. The secondo in an Italian meal is the most like a main course in the U.S., but it's usually a smaller portion than we're used to. Quail, chicken, rabbit, beef, or fish are an ideal secondo.
After that, we always had dolce, or dessert. Dolce is usually very simple in an Italian dinner. (Those elaborate cream pastries in Italian bakeries are usually eaten as mid-morning or afternoon snacks, not with a meal.) Generally it's just fresh fruit from the garden peeled by a grownup or a few biscotti with a cup of strong espresso flavored with zambuco (café corretto). We ate these dishes again and again, and they were woven deeply into our way of life.
Meals in Italy have always been about more than food. The purpose of a traditional Italian dinner is to make everyone in the family feel loved. And so at this dinner party especially, I would be judging the chefs on whether they could make my guests feel cared for and loved. It was the first thing I told them when I explained the theme. Who was listening?
Competing were Ninamarie Bojekian, chef and owner of Ooh LaLa Catering and Events in New Jersey; Fabrizio Carro, executive chef at Quattro in New York City; and Nicola Carro, executive chef at Quattro in Miami. As I'm sure you saw, Fabrizio and Nicola are identical twins and Italian through and through. Both grew up with a passion for cooking and have translated that into stirring up innovative Italian "gastronomia" as they call it at their restaurant, Quattro in Miami.
I am wondering if Rocco new cook book is out for publication price,where to purchase.Have been really enjoying show keep up the good work.
I have always enjoyed watching Rocco on TV, love the new show and always go to work the next day to see what the other girls thought about the outcome. This week (Town & Country) was very good as well with one exception.... Seeing as this is not a live show I think the producers should have bleeped out the profanity that the gentleman made, they did bleep out the F word which is not half as bad as the GD word so Rocco if you read this please pass that comment on and wish you all the best...
During the time I was married to a chef( and we worked together- thats how we met!) I was a fan of Rocco , even then..it was ..1992/ 1993.. and now look. .. He has a show.. I just happened to come across this show and found it be interesting and entertaining..I watched the " True Italian Meal", in which I found NinaMaria's food to sound enticing as well as the plating. I thought that she DID make the ' special ' dish for your one guest, but it did not get actually SERVED to the guest ( ??) I loved her attitude about food, and she was a pleasure to watch. The brothers..well, a bit cocky , -lol-but I suppose that brought a note of laugh-ability to the episode..lol . I just think that the planner did MORE for the other chef, in terms of the ' setting' and not as much for NinaMaria.Well, in my book, she's a winner. I realize there are no ' losers', per se and its a great experience for the chefs who are picked for the Dinner Party. Although I am no longer married to Mr. Chef..I do still enjoy creating and cooking, and our daughter even helped prep for him at the restuarant where he worked, between the time when she was all of 8 to 10 years old. He taught me many things , even though I was already a good cook when I married him. Life is journey..one does not ever stop learning..even at 57 years young.:)