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Hot Italian Dish: A Cookbook


Succulent recipes, helpful hints, and family stories from the matriarch of America's best-known Italian-American family

Victoria Gotti has become as famous for her cooking as she is for her fabulous media appearances. Here, she shares the secrets of her wonderful Italian meals, with more than one hundred mouthwatering recipes.

Hot Italian Dish -- the author as well as the food! -- will help you serve up tasty meals on any occasion: family ...

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Succulent recipes, helpful hints, and family stories from the matriarch of America's best-known Italian-American family

Victoria Gotti has become as famous for her cooking as she is for her fabulous media appearances. Here, she shares the secrets of her wonderful Italian meals, with more than one hundred mouthwatering recipes.

Hot Italian Dish -- the author as well as the food! -- will help you serve up tasty meals on any occasion: family reunions, birthday parties, bridal showers, entertaining friends, or the all-important ritual of Sunday dinner.

For this is the essence of cooking for Gotti -- bringing the family together with heartwarming, delicious meals made with tender loving care. Her meals encourage family unity and will help gather your loved ones around for the kind of quality time that many people leave out of their fast-paced lives. Gotti shows that even the busiest modern woman (or man!) juggling the pressures of the workplace, home, and kids can prepare and cook homemade, healthy, and delicious meals that everyone will enjoy -- and look fabulous and sexy while doing it. Her flavorful recipes include:

  • Tricolor Salad with Goat Cheese and Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Tuscan Vegetable and Bread Soup
  • Stuffed Artichokes
  • Rigatoni in Spicy Cauliflower Sauce
  • Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
  • Veal Chops with Prosciutto and Mozzarella
  • Italian Wine Pudding

Hot Italian Dish pairs these and other recipes with intimate, often hilarious, stories of Gotti's home and family life and her outrageous celebrity encounters. Together these provide insights into the life of one of the best-known Italian families in America -- as well as into their kitchen! Mangia!

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Editorial Reviews

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For several reasons, nobody ever refused an invitation to dinner at Victoria Gotti's house. The star of Growing Up Gotti has always nurtured a special love for Italian cuisine, an affection that she displays on every page of this truly appetizing cookbook. Victoria spices her pasta recipes with generous helpings of memorable stories and good Gotti gossip.
Library Journal
In addition to the chatty tone, gossipy detail, and flamboyant attitude that one might expect, this cookbook by media figure and novelist Gotti (The Senator's Daughter) is packed with a solid array of recipes for appetizers, soups, pasta, pizza, main courses, and desserts, sure to please fans of Italian food. Standards or basics, like handmade pasta and gnocchi, sauces, pasta e fagioli, minestrone soup, veal saltimbocca, chicken cacciatore, gelato, and panna cotta, are well represented, as are some less familiar dishes, although it's doubtful that there are any surprises here for the dedicated, advanced Italian chef. Directions are clear and should be sufficient for most cooks, although the very inexperienced might desire an additional reference. Generous helpings of commentary throughout on Gotti's childhood, her children, her travels, women's roles in the kitchen and the home, and traditional values are equally likely to interest, amuse, or enrage readers, depending on their viewpoint (or mood). Recommended for all public libraries.-Courtney Greene, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616846268
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Gotti is an editor-at-large at Star magazine and the bestselling author of numerous novels. She is well-known to the American public for her previous roles as the star of A&E's hit reality show 'Growing Up Gotti', a columnist for the New York Post, and an on-air correspondent for Extra! She has won numerous awards, including a Mystery of the Year Award for her novel The Senator's Daughter and Woman of the Year from the American Heart Association. Gotti lives with her three sons in Long Island.

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Hot Italian Dish

A Cookbook
By Victoria Gotti

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Victoria Gotti
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060851686

Tuscan Black Pepper Stew


Serves 6


3 1/2 pounds veal (for stew), cubed
4 garlic cloves, crushed
11/4 pounds tomatoes, diced
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground pepper, coarsely ground
1 1/2 cups dry red wine


Place the meat in a large saucepan and add the garlic, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Add enough water to cover the meat, using at least 4 cups, and cook over medium heat for 1 hour and 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the cooking time is up, add the wine and cook for an additional 1 hour, adding additional boiling water as necessary to keep the peposo from drying out or burning. Serve hot, over either rice or noodles.

Spaghetti with Spicy Seafood

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Serves 4


1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon virgin olive oil
6 anchovy fillets, chopped
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
One 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
Salt to taste
1 pound spaghetti or spaghettini
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons capers
8 to 10 black olives, pitted andsliced


In a large skillet over low heat, heat 1/2 cup of the olive oil and add the anchovies. Cook, stirring constantly, until the anchovies dissolve.

Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Increase the heat to high and add the tomatoes and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Cook the pasta according to package directions, or until al dente, then drain.

Add the pasta to the sauce simmering on the stove. Add the oregano, capers, and olives.

Toss the pasta until thoroughly mixed, and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Transfer to a serving platter and serve hot.


Excerpted from Hot Italian Dish by Victoria Gotti Copyright © 2006 by Victoria Gotti. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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