America's Little Italys: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast

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The only book available that covers, in one volume, the Italian American immigration experience, the creation of Italian neighborhoods in the U.S., and 83 coveted family recipes of favorite dishes and desserts from some of the best Italian restaurants and specialty shops in America. Illustrated with more than 400 photographs and ephemera, America's Little Italys is rich in cultural history and includes profiles on 51 restaurants in 14 cities across the United States. Includes an illustrated timeline from 6000 ...

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Overview

The only book available that covers, in one volume, the Italian American immigration experience, the creation of Italian neighborhoods in the U.S., and 83 coveted family recipes of favorite dishes and desserts from some of the best Italian restaurants and specialty shops in America. Illustrated with more than 400 photographs and ephemera, America's Little Italys is rich in cultural history and includes profiles on 51 restaurants in 14 cities across the United States. Includes an illustrated timeline from 6000 B.C.E. (olives cultivated in Italy and Greece) to the 21st century and an exhaustive glossary of Italian food names.

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Publishers Weekly
Bellman's (America's Great Delis) bittersweet celebration of Italian-American communities in the U.S. charts the roots and endurance of Italian-American traditions. With the starry-eyed enthusiasm of an outsider, Bellman surveys the immigrant experience during distinct waves in the 19th and early 20th centuries; spotlights Italian-Americans in industry, politics, and entertainment; and notes regional differences and the ways they influenced settlement. In chapters devoted to 15 Italian-American enclaves--including Manhattan's Little Italy, Boston's North End, San Francisco's North Beach, and Cleveland's Murray Hill--Bellman profiles family-owned restaurants, cafes, markets, and bakeries that have survived integration with more recent immigrants and urban renewal. Bellman provides archival photographs of streets, storefronts, company logos, advertisements, postcards, and menus. Anchoring Bellman's identification of the Italian-American experience with food are signature recipes from such famed establishments as Umberto's Clam House in New York (lobster fra diavolo), Caffé Vittoria in Boston (espresso martini), Frank Pepe Pizzeria in New Haven, Conn. (white clam pizza), Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans (caramel custard), and Tony Nitti's Bar-B-Que in Chicago (wedding soup with tiny meatballs). Although the fate of America's Little Italys is insecure, this trove preserves their legacies. (Nov.)
InItaly.com
“This book is about so much more than recipes and traditions! The perfect gift for anyone who has ever had a favorite pizza parlor or spumoni counter or capocollo provender, America's Little Italys is bound to elicit heartwarming memories and culinary daydreams.”
Library Journal
An incredible time line of Italian cooking and culture runs from 6000 B.C.E. to the present, including maps, illustrations, and photographs. Bellman (America's Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast) profiles restaurants in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Providence, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis, and San Diego, offering a brief history of the restaurant, photographs (current and historical), and recipes. Recipes, written for the seasoned cook, are terse. A glossary is also included. Recommended for areas with thriving Little Italys and readers with a penchant for culinary travel and exploration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416206095
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 539,966
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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