Di Palo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy: 100 Years of Wisdom and Stories from Behind the Counter


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The ultimate guide to the finest foods of Italy from the oldest, most celebrated Italian market in New York City

In the heart of New York Citys Little Italy sits Di Palos, a family-owned food shop that has been the treasure of the neighborhood for more than a century. The four generations of Di Palos who have run this Italian specialty market have made it their mission to bring customers the finest old-world selections from Italyhandcrafted mozzarella, buttery prosciutto, estate olive oils, traditional artisanal pastas from throughout the country. Now, in one colorful volume, Lou Di Palo, great-grandson of the founder and steward of the family legacy, shares the vibrant history of this storied establishment and a lifetime of wisdom about the cuisine beloved around the world.

Di Palos Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy takes you on a gourmet excursion through Italys twenty distinct regions, from Sicily to Umbria to Alto Adige. Each chapter highlights a specific food and its rich history, along with practical tips for selecting, storing, and serving it at home. Many include signature family recipes that have been handed down through the generations, including Grandma Marys Sicilian Caponata and Concetta Di Palos Meatballs, or recipes gathered from trips to Italy over the years, such as Trapani-Style Salted Sea Bass and Polenta con Formaggio Crucolo Fuso. Readers will discover, among many other things, the secret to a balsamic vinegar worthy of sharing only with ones closest friends, the proper way to prepare the perfect espresso, and the importance of looking for the Denominazione dOrigine Protettaor the Protected Designation of Origin sealwhich certifies that your food is a traditional, regional product. Complete with dozens of mouthwatering photographs, engaging anecdotes, and candid stories, and featuring a foreword by Academy Awardwinning director Martin Scorsese, this immersive volume is part family narrative, part culinary odyssey, and part cookbook. Di Palos Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy is your ticket to the best Italian foodswithout having to wait in line!

Praise for Di Palos Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy

Of all the stores in all the world, Di Palos is probably my favorite.Ruth Reichl

Lou Di Palo is single-handedly preserving the history of Little Italy in New York City. Shopping at Di Palos is an authentic, personal experience. When you walk into the shop, you feel like youre in the center of the universe. Ive been waiting for Lou to write this book for years. Hes a good friend and an American treasure.Tyler Florence

Di Palos has been one of the Seven Wonders of New York since 1925. This book is a beautiful story of their commitment to keeping Italian traditions, and shows the passion theyve had for the artisanal best for almost one hundred years.Chef Daniel Boulud

Lou Di Palos depth and breadth of knowledge of Italian foods extends from the Alpine hills to the Sicilian coastline and he manages to bring it all home to us in this wonderful book.Chef Michael Lomonaco

I love this book because it explains to an American how to elevate and enjoy great Italian ingredients. The pride that comes from Lou and his family translates to the store and, now, to the pages of this book. I found myself hungry after reading it. You will too.Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

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