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Oct
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Four Simple Secrets to Classic Spaghetti Sauce

Classic spaghetti sauce is a magical thing. And in a time of uncertainty, there’s something to be said for spending some time making something wholesome and hearty and comforting in the kitchen. We aren’t giving away our La Famiglia recipe, but we will share four simple secrets to classic spaghetti sauce. Start with Fresh Ingredients […]

26
Sep

Everyone Loves Lasagna

As Americans know it, lasagna is a comfort casserole dish with layers of noodles, some kind of tomato-based meat sauce with mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmiggiano – a rich, messy masterpiece. In Italy, there are regional variations, but the beauty of lasagna is its versatility. At La Famiglia, our classic take has its roots in Naples. And […]

18
Sep
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Six Italian Cooking Terms

You love Italian food, and you have no problem picking out the most authentic spots, but how familiar are you with Italian cooking words on a menu? Here are six Italian cooking terms to know. Al Dente Al dente literally translates as “to the tooth,” and we got in more detail about this common term […]

04
Sep
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Four Signs Your Favorite Italian Place is Serving Authentic Fare

No matter where you go here in the US, odds are good you can find an Italian restaurant. But that level of ubiquity doesn’t mean the food itself is authentic – far from it! Once you’ve enjoyed Italian food as it’s truly meant to be prepared, pale imitations just don’t cut it. At La Famiglia […]

21
Aug
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Classic Italian Seasonings, Herbs and Spices

Authentic Italian food stands out. From the depth and harmony of its flavor to the experience of the meal itself, Italian food is something special. Italian cuisine ranges in flavor, from light and delicate to robust and hearty. And some of that flavor range comes from classic Italian herbs, spices and seasonings, added in the […]

07
Aug
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Many Shapes of Pasta

You’ve had baked Ziti and pasta bolognese, maybe traditional tonnarelli in cacio e pepe. You can probably even name a dozen different types of pasta. But we’re betting you’d be surprised to learn there are literally hundreds of pasta types and shapes (and they’re all delicious). Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the […]

17
Jul
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All the Reasons to Use Red Wine in Pasta Sauce

Spend some time making homemade pasta sauce, and you’ve probably used red wine. And if you’ve ever used jarred pasta sauce in a pinch, you may have noticed red wine on the label. That’s because a splash of red is a simple way to dramatically elevate the flavors in your pasta sauce (and a number […]

02
Jul
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Looking for Reno’s Most Authentic Italian Food? Use These Three Indicators

If you’ve ever had truly authentic Italian food, you knew it immediately. The delicate balance of flavors, the distinctive familiarity – even if you couldn’t identify it, you could tell this Italian food was the real deal. It’s an experience we’re pleased to offer here at La Famiglia in Reno. But wherever you are, here […]

26
Jun

The Perfect Pairing – Why the Right Wine Enhances Your Favorite Italian Foods

Fun fact – the wrong choice of wine with your incredible Italian dinner will actually hinder the experience. That’s true of most cuisines, but it’s particularly heartbreaking when you’re enjoying handmade pasta and tender meatballs, or creamy fettuccine Alfredo! Next time you whip up an Italian feast, here’s how to master the perfect pairing. A […]

19
Jun
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Why Italian Food is Probably Your Favorite Food

When we start talking about our favorite food, some kind of Italian food is usually on the list. Pizza, pasta, focaccia – these delightful options usually make the cut. But why is that? Give it some thought, and you’ll quickly see that culture and philosophy play a role. Here’s why Italian food is probably our […]

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