Buon Appetito

Buon Appetito Book Cover

GAMBAS (Garlic Shrimp) Uncle Nick

8 cloves minced garlic 2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh parsley 3 Tbsp. dry white wine
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1 bay leaf Spaghetti, 4 cups
1 cup chicken broth 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds shrimp
(31-35 per pound, shelled and deveined)

Garlic shrimp is an old family recipe. Lightly toast the ciabatta. Sauté garlic in oil, add parsley, bay leaf, and cayenne. Let this continue to heat for 3 minutes. Next add broth, shrimp, lemon juice, and wine to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Bring a pot of salted water to a
rapid boil. Add al dente spaghetti and MANGIA BENE as my Uncle Nick would say! Nick had a long career starting back in the early 80’s as maître d’ at some of the best restaurants in New York, and Florida in the Season at Giordino’s on Las Olas Boulevard and La Stella.

A Note to the Reader
Introduction: What’s Buon Appetito?

If you have the time to visit Italy set aside time to visit Viareggio. My first visit was back in 2006, and to date I have never missed a year vacationing in Tuscany. Just a short drive from Florence, Forte de Marmi, Lucca, Pisa, and Torre del Lago. Viareggio is a town within the Provence of Lucca situated on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in North Tuscany, Italy. The town has a population of around 62,000 residents.

Viareggio is a popular tourist community within a historic fishing harbor. Other industries include the manufacturing of luxury motor yachts. Giacomo Puccini opera festival is held at nearby Torre del Lago where he lived and composed some of his most famous operas, such as La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly. Torre del Lago, a small village that is well known for being a friendly summer resort of national and international appeal, the friendly Versilia, The Viareggio prize for Italian literature is named after the town.

One of the most famous Carnival celebrations in Italy, is held every February in Viareggio. It is one of the best carnivals that I have ever seen featuring enormous floats that satirize current political events, ending with a spectacular fireworks display. Children dress up in costumes and laughter fills the air on this joyous occasion. Not many places can top Viareggio if you are looking for a week or two of relaxing on the beach while enjoying Tuscan style food.


Buon Appetito; Pan’e Dolci Family Recipes Cookbook $9.95


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