Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco tells us about his family dinners and his mother's meatballs.

on Jul 1, 20110

Sara and I spoke to the chefs, and while I didn't hear it, I felt them let out a large "argh" and possibly a few expletives. But if one of my guests wants low-carb choices, then that's exactly what I want to give them. I was counting on Fabrizio and Ninamarie to come through for me on this one.

Ninamarie's party was first. Caroline loved the décor; she and Albert had their first date in Little Italy, so the room made them feel nostalgic. 

Ninamarie served a martini of vodka infused with rosemary and topped off with Prosecco. It was strong and really good. Her first course -- eggplant caponata and zucchini bread with grilled asparagus and figs -- was a big hit. Her secondo was cockles and mussels served with Israeli couscous, along with chopped chicken "scarparelli" (she calls it scarparelli, but the real name is scarpariello, which means in the style of the shoemaker i.e. cobbled together from many resources) and pasta. I glanced over to Sara on my left. She wasn't happy. Ninamarie had not done anything special to fulfill Sara's dietary request. She simply ignored it. I was devastated and was giving Ninamarie bad marks in my head.

Ninamarie's next course, veal Milanese made with peaches, got rave reviews. Caroline announced that she wanted to steal the recipe. It's always a good sign at a dinner party when people want your recipe. It was a very good dish and another example of Ninamarie's brilliance with flavor combinations.

3 comments
shelby lyn
shelby lyn

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.:)

Lisa B
Lisa B

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...

Mary Ann Hansen
Mary Ann Hansen

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.