Kathy Coluccio-Fazzolari’s heirloom recipe for Linguine and Tomato Lunch, from Italian Home Cooking: 125 Recipes to Comfort Your Soul, by Julia della Croce (Kyle Books)
Photo: Hirsheimer & Hamilton
It’s not every day that you find a missing link to history–in this case, pasta history. Read about how I found a lost recipe, progenitor of the union of pasta and the tomato in, of all places, Brooklyn, New York. Then again, the site of the find was D. Coluccio & Sons, the iconic Bensonhurst Italian grocery. Maybe not such a surprise after all.
Three generations have inherited the heirloom recipe. Cathy Coluccio Fazzolari (left) together with her mother, Maria Coluccio, and daughter, Alessandra Fazzolari.
Photo courtesy of Cathy Coluccio-Fazzolari
After reading the new article, you may never again take for granted spaghetti and meatballs, or any other variation on the theme of pasta and tomato sauce.
Vintage postcard from Naples, c. late 1800s, showing mangiamaccheroni, “macaroni eaters.”
You wouldn’t imagine such a simple dish could be so splendid–and so filled with history. Continue reading here.
A man eating vermicelli with tomato, the prototype of every marriage of pasta and tomato ever invented. Illustration by Percival Seaman, 1843. From Pasta Classica: The Art of Italian Pasta Cooking (Chronicle Books), by Julia della Croce, courtesy W. Graham Arader III, New York
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