I invite you to join me on a culinary voyage across the Atlantic, where we’ll trace the delicious saga of Italian-American cuisine from its humble immigrant beginnings to its celebrated place at American tables.

As part of Montclair State University’s International Education Week, I’m honored to host a talk sponsored by the Coccia Institute and moderated by Dr. Gina Miele, exploring the rich narrative that Italian diasporic cooking weaves into the fabric of America.

What’s on the Menu?

Diasporic vs. Fusion: Understanding the connection to heritage through food adaptation and innovation.
Historical Tastings: Explore the economic and cultural influences that shaped dishes from Pasta Fazool to Lasagna, painting a picture of how Italian immigrant cultural sharing influenced the standardization of Italian-American cuisine.
Classic Dishes, Evolved: Unpack the stories behind Pasta alla Carbonara’s post-war creation, Fettuccine Alfredo’s creamy conquest of American hearts, the marriage of Meatballs with Spaghetti, and Baked Ziti’s festive transition.
Lasagna’s Layered History: A deeper look into its transcontinental journey and transformation from an Italian delicacy to an American comfort food staple.
Caponata’s Cultural Journey: A personal reflection on this Sicilian classic’s evolution through the melting pot of cultures.
Ancestral Flavors: How culinary traditions act as a bridge to our roots and the importance of keeping these flavors and memories alive in our kitchens.
A Living Legacy: My family’s culinary legacy that shapes my connection to Italian-American heritage.

Embracing Our Roots

This talk isn’t just for Italian-Americans; it’s a celebration for anyone looking to connect with their ancestry through the universal language of food. If you can’t make the live conversation, don’t worry—join my Patreon (even as a free member!) for exclusive access to the recording.

Mark Your Calendars

Culinary Crossings: Italian Diasporic Cuisine in America.
Time: Nov 13, 2023, 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Let’s gather around the virtual table to share stories, recipes, and the vibrant legacy that Italian-American cuisine offers to all who partake in its rich history.

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Ancestral Food: Sicilian Caponata

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Eat Like an Italian: Part 1: No Guilt (How Sardinia Helped Me Deal With My Unhealthy Relationship With Food)