From Paesana, With Love

Storytelling is a side dish perfectly paired with all food, but especially with Italian meals. As families and friends congregate around tables for hours on end, they often pass around daily anecdotes along with platters of pasta and meat. This is the beauty of dining with Italians—food doesn't merely feed the body, it nourishes the soul in a celebration of life, love and community. Join Paesana as we take you on a journey through the many aspects of our process, from our kitchen to yours.

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Regional Italian Cuisine: Sicily

The Italian island of Sicily is home to some of the most unique and fresh cuisine in the entire country.

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An Italian Al Fresco Summer Dinner

Adorned with fresh ingredients and bright flavors, an outdoor Italian meal is the perfect summer serenade.

Dish with Chicken Parmigiana and Garlic Bread to the left

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The Story Behind Chicken Parmigiana

How chicken parmigiana became an Italian-American staple in restaurants and home kitchens.

Duck Ragu with Papardelle

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Italian-Style Duck: How The Mallard Fits The Bill

The Italian-American take on duck includes many preparations, all of which deliver robust and rich flavors.

Naples Italy

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Regional Italian Cuisine: Naples

A deep dive into the rich contents of a Neapolitan cookbook, including pizza, pasta, and pastries.

Italian Herbs on white countertop

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A Blend For All Seasons: What's In Italian Seasoning Packets?

An aromatic mix of oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram bring Italian flavor to a host of dishes.

The Italian-American Vegetable Department

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The Italian-American Vegetable Department

Hearty and healthy vegetables round out the perfect Italian-American menu.

Family Favorites You Can Cook At Home With Paesana

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Family Favorites You Can Cook At Home With Paesana

When you just can’t get to your favorite Italian restaurant, try a homemade version of these classic family favorites.

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Fritto Misto de Mare: Italian Fried Seafood

Italian-style fried seafood is a simple way to feast on the ocean’s bounty.

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Get To Know Italian Cured Meats

What’s the difference between Italian pork specialties guanciale, pancetta, prosciutto, speck, and lardo?

assortment of dried pastas

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Fresh Pasta vs. Dry Pasta: Boiling Down The Differences

When cooking an Italian meal, is fresh pasta or dry pasta the better option?

Chicken Cacciatore dish

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Bird Is The Word: The Very Best Italian-American Chicken Dishes

Chicken is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Check out our favorite Italian-American chicken dishes.

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Feast Of The Seven Fishes: An Italian-American Christmas Eve Legacy

Christmas is the time of traditions—like the Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes.

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An Italian-American Thanksgiving

More than merely turkey and stuffing, an Italian-American Thanksgiving brings plenty of pasta and sauce to the table.

pepperoni pizza

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Pizza: A Slice Of Life

Hot and piping from the oven, there’s nothing quite like a delicious pizza with your favorite toppings and pizza sauce.

anchovies sitting on a cutting board with some garlic capers and lemon

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Something's Fishy: Guide To Italian Anchovies

Pay no attention to the bad reputation—Italian anchovies are a powerhouse ingredient with intense flavors perfect for sauce!

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Italian Sausage Party

The most tubular of Italian meats, the mighty sausage has been a staple of meal time since it was first stuffed into a casing.

Jar of Paesana Fra Diavolo Sauce

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Fra Diavolo: The Bedeviling Origins Of This Fiery Sauce

Adding red pepper to classic tomato sauce, Fra Diavolo is known for bringing hot and spicy flavor to Italian cuisine.

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Why We Love Braciole In A Sunday Sauce

An all-day Sunday sauce needs meat for deeper flavor, and braciole is a delicious option that also happens to bring the family together.

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Classic Pasta & Sauce Pairings That Are Perfetto Italiano

Pasta and sauce were made for each, especially in these classically legendary Italian dishes.

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Cioppino: The Real San Francisco Treat

How a rustic seafood stew made the trip from Italy to the shores of America and eventually to the west coast.

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An American Meatball

Invented by this country’s first Italian-Americans, the modern-day meatball is a densely packed culinary classic.

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A Brief History of Pasta Shapes & Sizes

Pasta literally comes in hundreds of shapes and sizes, all with varying origin stories. Several well-known types include stringy spaghetti, tube-like rigatoni, shell-shaped cavatelli, and stuffed ravioli, among others.

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A Guide To Pasta Sauce

From Marinara and Pomodoro to Alfredo and Carbonara, every pasta sauce is unique. Here’s a savory rundown of some of the most popular, along with brief histories and modern applications of these Italian specialties.