Lidia Bastianich on Special Sauce: From Refugee to Culinary Star

Considering her many restaurants, books, and television shows, plus her involvement in the gourmet Italian marketplace Eataly , Lidia Bastianich might seem like a known quantity to serious eaters all over America. But take a listen to this week's Special Sauce and you'll realize just how extraordinary a woman she is, and what an incredible life she's led.

A traditional ... Italian affair

Italy has always been a synonym for "good food," offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors, scents and aromas. Aside from having pizza and spaghetti, the Mediterranean country also proposes an immense variety of different regional dishes and recipes which are presented at Bencotto At Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.

Famed chef is worried about pleasing this guest at Obama's final State Dinner

The White House is getting ready for the 13th and final State Dinner of the Obama administration, where Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will be honored. , who is known for his Italian cooking, was picked to help put together the final state dinner, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

Chef's Choice: When the Italian chef goes dines out, he wants ... Italian

In Chef's Choice, the Naperville Sun asks local chefs about their favorite meal in Naperville at a restaurant other than their own. This week, we speak with John Taylor, 41 who co-owns Angeli's Italian Restaurant and Catering in Naperville.

Best Italian Food in Toronto

We know nothing can beat Nonna's cooking, but these dishes come pretty close. Italian food, known for its hearty dishes made with flavourful, fresh ingredients, is one of the most popular types of cuisine in Toronto.


Luis Jara and wife Iris are opening a new Italian restaurant in Rushford. It is slated for open October 26. Also pictured is the couple's daughter, Cindy.

Italian cuisine meets the outdoors: venison ravioli

This recipe for venison ravioli comes from the Missouri Department of Conservation YouTube channel. The conservation department has many other dishes featuring ingredients found in the great outdoors.

Sfoglina's butternut-squash tortellini (bottom) and Sardinian-style ravioli. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Fabio and Maria Trabocchi built their reputation on ultra-luxe Italian dining. Now the Fiola and Fiola Mare owners are going more casual with a Van Ness pasta place opening in early December.

All the glorious food served at the last Obama White House state dinner

Born and raised in the Bronx, Lashanda Anakwah is an Ithaca College senior interested in all things political or poetical. When she's not writing for SheKnows , Lashanda - a chocolate-loving, cartoon enthusiast - spends most of her time s... President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pulled out all the stops for their last state dinner.

Austin360Cooks: Learn to make pistachio pesto like an Italian

Monica Pesoli is an Italian-American living in Austin who teaches cooking classes in both English and Italian. This pistachio pesto pasta is a dish she recently posted on Instagram as part of our #Austin360Cooks social media project.

Opened in 1999, and chosen by Gourmet Magazine in 2000 as one of "America's Best Restaurants," Johnny's Half Shell relocated to its present Capitol Hill location in September 2006. Renditions of Chesapeake and Gulf Coast Seafood remained the kitchen's focus, and the restaurant's new home maintained its homespun conviviality. Said Washingtonian Magazine, "The capitol dome shines in the background, a reminder of the new, more serious-minded neighbors who come here. But Johnny's still feels like home." In September 2007, New York Times dubbed the new venue a "Capital Gain" for Washington, DC.
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