Trattoria Grappolo: Simple Recipes for Traditional Italian Cuisine

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Gibbs Smith, 2007 - Cooking - 224 pages
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Trattoria Grappolo has emerged into one of the hottest restaurants in Central California, featuring authentic regional Italian country cooking. This unique bistro has also become the "in spot" where local residents and wine makers gather along with ranchers. The stars behind the scenes are Chef Leonardo, younger brothers Chef Alfonso Curti and Chef Georgio Curti. Their specialties include rustic breads and Italian pastries such as tiramisu, biscottis, apple and pear tartans and Italian gelatos. Take a gastronomic journey through 100 gloriously designed Italian recipes and culinary trips throughout Italy. Every dish is masterfully crafted and presented by the Curti brothers to assure each presentation is not only visually stunning, but simple to prepare with readily available ingredients. A California wine suggestion accompanies each flavorful dish, capitalizing on the Central California region, known by many as "Wine Country at its Best."

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Chef Leonardo Curti is the executive chef and co- proprietor at the acclaimed Trattoria Grappolo bistro in Santa Ynez, California. Born in Calabria, Italy, Leonardo learned his culinary skills in Tuscany before relocating to Los Angeles, where he worked as a chef at Cicada Restaurant and founded Pane Caldo in Beverly Hills. James O. Fraioli is a published, award-winning author, and an internationally recognized travel writer. He is the author of numerous books on a wide range of subjects. His celebrated cookbook: Ocean Friendly Cuisine: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the World's Finest Chefs has appeared in The New York Times, been presented at the White House, and featured on the Food Network's The Essence of Emeril. He is also a contributing writer and professional photographer for 18 magazines. Prior tohis fulltime writing career, Fraioli spent eight years in the motion-picture and television industry for FOX, Walt Disney and Warner Bros.

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