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Three Days of Toni Lydecker—Piatto Unico

We’d like to introduce you to Toni Lydecker: our aficionado of any and all things Italian.  From Sicily to Venice, we can guarantee that Toni had been there and cooked that.  She shows you how in her books; Piatto Unico, Serves One, and Seafood alla Siciliana. 

In honor of Toni we are exploring one of her books each of the next three days, culminating with an interview with the expert herself Friday afternoon!

Let’s kick off this three-day fest with Piatto Unico.  When we think of Italian food spaghetti, microwave pizza and the occasional tossed salad are what all too often pop into our heads.  Hardly original. 

That’s where Piatto Unico steps in: to tell you just how wrong you were in dismissing Italian food as boring or done-that.  Get ready to have your eyes opened to the rich and surprising world of authentic Italian cooking

And for all you health-conscious carb-eschewers out there, don’t shy away just yet. Italian food isn't just pasta.  In fact, most of Toni’s recipes reflect the wholesome, grain-and-veggie driven diet of everyday Italians.

Just look at these Zucchini with Farro, Goat Cheese and Walnut Stuffing.

For a slightly richer dish, Risotto with Winter Squash, Radicchio and Ham offers vitamin-rich greens and nutritious squash with just enough decadence to warm you up on a winter’s eve. 

And then if you want to go no-holds-barred on indulgence (because come on, you only live once), there’s always Portofino Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Pancetta

Hey, Italians are always skinny.  Must be for a reason.


by Catherine Lamb, intern, student, food-obsessor.  Check out her blog at

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