Italian Food

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Century of Selling Essential Italian Foods in Little Italy

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lou Di Palo, great-grandson of the founder of Di Palo's, shares the history of the landmark store and a lifetime of wisdom about Italian food.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: How to Pick the Best Italian Olive Oil

Friday, February 07, 2014

Restaurateur Lidia Bastianich explains what you need to know about Italian olive oil. Also, try her recipe for olive oil and rosemary spaghettini.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Lidia's Common Sense Risotto

Friday, October 18, 2013

Award-winning television host and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich explained that once you master the technique of making risotto, nearly any ingredient can be added as a highlight — even lettuce. Listen to her explanation of the basics and try her recipe for lettuce risotto.



No Such Thing as Leftover Risotto

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Italian cooking great Lidia Bastianich recently confirmed something that was impressed upon me during a cooking class long ago: There's no such thing as leftover risotto.



One NY Artist: Chef Frank Castronovo

Saturday, May 04, 2013


New York City is home to numerous cultural institutions, but they aren't the only places to witness the city's abundant creative energy. You'll find it also behind the swinging kitchen door of the city's best restaurants.



Librettos and Libations: Music in the Vineyards

Monday, February 04, 2013

Wine, whether still, sparkling or fortified, really flows in opera – from the elixir in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore to Champagne in Die Fledermaus. Fred Plotkin considers these heady connections.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Stanley Tucci's Cookbook

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Actor Stanely Tucci talks about how his roles in food-centered films such as Big Night and Julie & Julia and his own childhood in an Italian family kitchen helped him develop a love of food and cooking. He’s now written The Tucci Cookbook, which features nearly 200 recipes, with wine pairings.

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The Takeaway

Italian Chef Lidia Bastianich on Her New Special

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Italian chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich talks about her new PBS special, "Lidia Celebrates America."  She celebrates Christmas day at a Mexican American restaurant in San Antonio, dines at a Passover Seder, visits San Francisco during the Chinese New Year and hosts a traditional Italian American dinner on Christmas Eve.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Art of Italian Food

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tony May, owner of SD26, and Louis Di Palo, co-owner of the famed Di Palo Fine Foods on Grand Street, discuss Italian cuisine.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marcella Hazan

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Beloved cookbook author Marcella Hazan shares some of her favorite recipes: Marcella Says.

Music: Soundtrack to The Cider House Rules, music by Rachel Portman: "Lobster Dinner" / "Dr. Larch Dies"