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One of the earliest dishes attributed to an Italian, and still extremely popular today, is Chicken Tetrazzini. It was created in the early 1900s in honor of Luisa Tetrazzini, the operatic soprano known as The Florentine Nightingale. The famous muffuletta sandwich of New Orleans, named after the muffuliette rolls baked in Sicily, was created in 1906 for Sicilian workers. The ever popular Philly cheese steak was invented by an Italian, and the specialty fish stew of San Francisco, cioppino, originated from the Italian fish stew ciuppin, made by the Genoese fishermen who settled there.
Soldiers returning from Italy after World War II brought with them their desire for the foods of a grateful but war-torn nation. Enterprising immigrants opened restaurants providing the soldiers with the foods they had developed a craving for and introduced the soldiers’ families to spaghetti and meatballs, sausage and peppers, ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, baked ziti and pizza. (lagazzettaitaliana.com)
Veal Ravioli in Beef Broth, Sea Bass, Rib Eye Steak
Italian food has become the American soul food that puts a smile on anyone’s face.
Scrooge would be happy eating Italian food..
Oscar the Grouch would be happy eating Italian food..
Your angry Uncle that you hate to see during Christmas would be happy eating Italian food..
Whether it is a great pasta made with delicious colorful red tomato sauce or pasta swimming in a snowy white Alfredo sauce..
Italian food has a piece of my heart and A Bellagio had the ambiance, the customer service, and excellent food that was magnifico!
Let’s talk about it…
So my In-laws are visiting and we are celebrating my Mother n Laws birthday so I wanted to take them somewhere elegant and festive for a great birthday dinner.
What better place for a warming family atmosphere than a Italian Restaurant.
One of the best Italian Restaurants that I have been to thus far in the Bay Area is A Bellagio in Campbell,Ca.
First of all, they have a great setting for evening dining. A fire blazing outside, with luxurious curtains and bright candles throughout the place, with smiles on every face you see.
The waiters/waitresses always go above and beyond to make you feel special and cared for; which leaves nothing left to make this place perfect except excellent food.
And excellent food they do have!!
So we get seated and order some wine and then we are ready to order.
First up is Ravioli in Brodo, which is veal ravioli in beef broth.
Let me say that while this soup may seem to be simple, but it is something that will drive you bonkers on how good the flavor is as it blasts your palate.
The broth alone is fantastic; and once you add the perfectly seasoned, succulent flavor of the veal ravioli then that marriage between those two is heavenly.
Second up to bat is the Fritto Misto all’Italiana, which is Calamari, Prawns & Zucchini fried and served with spicy marinara sauce.
The freshness of the ingredients made me feel like they just caught the squid and prawns within the hour.
Everything was breaded and fried perfectly with awesome flavor and a marinara sauce so good you want to drink it with a straw!
Now time for the real deal Holyfield…
The cream of the crop…
The King of the Castle…
It is the Rib Eye Steak…
This Rib Eye Steak caught my eye at first glance..Plump mushrooms, gazing at me while they waddle in a glistening river bank of steak sweat on top of a lustrous mountain of monstrous rib eye goodness.
With my eyes watering with joy, I slowly begin to slice into her…
Oh she is so precious..oh she is soo fine..
I place her silky glistening body into my mouth…
Kapooooooooow!!! Boooom!! Poooooow!!
Oh my goodness!! The flavor is ridiculous!
So tender that it melts in my mouth!
This piece of cattle must have been massaged..Blessed and fed by hand to taste this good.
Cooked at Medium Rare perfectly.. The Steak Sweat was perfect.. The mushrooms were fresh and seared with perfection..
If you are in the Bay Area and looking for a romantic, great ambiance and great tasting restaurant then make sure you stop at A Bellagio. I promise you that you won’t regret it!
Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run!
Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!
Trevis Dampier Sr.
Janice Therese Mancuso (2015) A Brief History of Italian Food in America Retrieved from http://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com/italian-food-american-history.aspx