Pesce in saor

A very traditional Northern Italian dish. Fish picked in brine and spices.

Culinary Showcase

My music/video producer and friend, Alan Ishii created this lovely little showreel of my cooking. What do you think? He's very talented, yes?

Ricotta Tart

The ricotta tart is almost cheesecake-like but a little more dense and filling, while still seeming light and refreshing. A perfect accompaniment to a sparkling dessert wine on a summer evening.

Turmeric Gelato & Floating Islands

I love the Indian spice turmeric and am always looking for ways to incorporate it into my cooking. I came across fresh turmeric root in a store along with fresh plums. It gave me the idea for a homemade gelato topped with the stone fruit. The result was beautiful. Ice cold sweetness, glorious color and the slight bitterness of the spice offset by the tanginess of the fruit. Perfectly wonderful!

Los Angeles…served with Food & Wine

I have the great honor of serving at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival this year, in beautiful Downtown Los Angeles. It seems a dream to me. Just seventeen years I arrived here from Italy, not speaking the language, not knowing hardly a soul and here I am, older and wiser; an American citizen and with a beautiful future ahead of me. I write this before I rush out to prep for my day in the limelight, surrounded by the unparalleled talent of celebrity chefs, my colleagues as well as ...

Cucumber Risotto

The delicate and cool taste of cucumbers has always intrigued me. I tried my hand at incorporating that delicacy into a simple risotto made not with arborio rice, but regular white, long grain rice. I added some cotija cheese and a little onion.

Stemmari Cantodoro Risotto with Cherries & Gorgonzola

In Italy, wine is very much a part of the culture and I grew up being well acquainted with it. In my region, the month of October means the weather is cooler after the humid summer, the grapes are just beginning to get that fullness that signifies readiness for winemaking. I remember the smells of the grapes, the way the skins appeared full to bursting with juice - the juice that would become wine. ...

Fagiolini in umido

A little steam, fresh green beans, tomatoes and cheese makes for a perfect vegetarian meal. Fast, fresh and healthy this is one of my favorite go-to dishes when I'm cooking at home for the family.

Why Blog?

I’ve been asked that question a lot lately. Why a blog? Why social media? Why Twitter? Are you looking for a new job? Why are you doing this? When do you have time? What are you trying to accomplish?...

Purple Peppers Stuffed with Curried Okra

I was inspired by the purple peppers I found at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. I roasted them right over the open flame on my stove, filled them with curried okra and served. The okra was fresh, locally grown and also sourced from the Farmer's Market. They looked stunning and tasted delicious.