Mazarati Pizza Quality over at Piatti!

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The word “pizza” is thought to have come from the Latin word pinsa, meaning flatbread (although there is much debate about the origin of the word).

A legend suggests that Roman soldiers gained a taste for Jewish Matzoth while stationed in Roman occupied Palestine and developed a similar food after returning home. However a recent archeological discovery has found a preserved Bronze Age pizza in the Veneto region. By the Middle Ages, these early pizzas started to take on a more modern look and taste. The peasantry of the time used what few ingredients they could get their hands on to produce the modern pizza dough and topped it with olive oil and herbs. The introduction of the Indian Water Buffalo gave pizza another dimension with the production of mozzarella cheese. Even today, the use of fresh mozzarella di buffalo in Italian pizza cannot be substituted. While other cheeses have made their way onto pizza (usually in conjunction with fresh mozzarella), no Italian Pizzeria would ever use the dried shredded type used on so many American pizzas. (lifeinitaly.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Piatti – San Jose, Ca – Rivermark Plaza

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Pizza

I have that itch right now…

That ooey gooey cheese leaking craving for some pizza itch.

Where can I satisfy this beast within me?

How about an Italian restaurant packed with glamor and pizazz?

Why not Piatti’s!

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Exotic Italian Extravaganza is my Moddo at the A Bellagio!

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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)

Today’s Restaurant

A Bellagio – Campbell,Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

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!

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They are right on target with the Lasagna at Pasta Market!

Meat Lasagna, Garlic Bread

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Lasagna is believed to be one of the earliest types of pasta. These thin and wide noodles are most frequently layered in a dish with other savoury ingredients and baked to create a dish called – you guessed it – lasagna.

Several sources suggest the word lasagna may have come from the old Greek word laganon, which was used to describe a type flat cake or bread. That cake was not pasta, but when Ancient Romans learned about it and staring eating it they cut it into strips that could be layered and called it lagani. That food eventually transformed into a type of pasta and a dish called lasagna. The plural form of the word lasagna is lasagne. (thriftyfoods.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Pasta Market – Sunnyvale, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Meat Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Pizza

Italian food is truly one of the oldest forms of soul food out there!

It brings families together for conversation and laughter and goes great with red wine!

We , American’s lose our mind over it.. Especially pizza!

We’ll eat pizza for breakfast…

We’ll eat pizza for lunch..

On the electric chair, for the last meal , if they are American they would want pizza..

Other than the food on the go like pizza, the next best item that I love outside of spaghetti is lasagna; and Pizza Market sure knows how to get down with the get down on this dish..

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You’ll need a Romantic Room after Dinner at Pasta Moon!

skirt steak, salmon, lasagna

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Cross-cultural influence on the early identity of the Italian peninsula was amplified by Italy’s proximity to the great kingdoms of the Etruscans, Greeks and, later, the Saracens from the Arab empire making contact across the Mediterranean. Though the origin of the Etruscan people is uncertain, the major contribution of the Etruscans to Italian cuisine was a kind of porridge eventually called pulmentum, a mushy-grain dish that was a predecessor to the cornmeal-based polenta popular throughout Italy and internationally (once corn arrived in Europe from America). The maritime Greek nation popularized the kind of fish chowder recognizably called bouillabaisse in French and brodetto throughout the south of Italy (Root 1971). The Arabs were especially influential in the south and especially Sicily, where the origins of dried pasta production can be traced. A predecessor to the modern lasagna, called lagana, existed in ancient Rome and points to an older customs of making dough out of flour and water, but the technology of the kind of dried pasta in extensive use today has clear Arab origins (Capatti and Montanari 2003). Other notable imported cultures include the Germanic Lombards who left their mark in the north of Italy as well as the Hapsburg Spanish influence especially on the rich and savory aspects of Neapolitan cuisine (centered around the city southwestern port city of Naples) .(randomhistory.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Pasta Moon – Half Moon Bay

Average Cost

$31-$60

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Lasagna, Skirt Steak

So it’s been a long time coming and me and my fiance are finally getting married…..

Time for the rehearsal dinner and we wanted to make sure we ate somewhere romantic and elegant that would set the occasion off perfectly.

Thanks to our dear friend Tigist, we found a perfect spot for a luxurious experience of decadence and scrumptious grub at Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay!

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Like a Dankhead to Ganja..This Foodie Loves Me Some Lasagna!!

Beef Lasgana

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Lasagna is believed to have originated in Italy. However, the term “lasagna” comes from the Greeks. The Italians used the word to refer to the dish in which lasagna is made. It wasn’t long before the name of the food took on the name of the serving dish.

Adding to the confusion about the origin of lasagna, the recipe was featured in the first cookbook ever written in England, leading to an urban legend that the dish originated in the British Isles. (populararticles.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Free! It’s mom’s house!

Rating (1-10)

10

Mom’s Recipe: 

Frances Dampier’s TasteBook Recipe

It’s the weekend and aren’t we happy that we don’t have to wake up early in the morning and get on a freeway full of traffic and agitation..

I love to wake up on a Saturday and have a warm love filled breakfast like bacon, eggs and pancakes, adding to that, I also love a soul food dinner for an enlightened fulfillment of peace and joy.

What better meal to have at your mother’s house than a fat slice of a juicy, taste bursting, Van gogh designer creation piece of lasagna!

Lasagna has always been an American favorite and next to pizza, this is one of my favorite Italian dishes.

You can eat it by itself, you can eat it with a salad, or you can eat it with Garlic Bread..

Eating it with all three accessories is the best way to go..Don’t forget to add red wine and now you are good to go!

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You’ll never be lonely with a Hot Bowl of Minestrone!!

Minestrone

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Minestrone is an Italian soup made with fresh seasonal vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes. There is not a set recipe for minestrone, since it is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. It can be vegetarian, contain meat, or contain a meat-based soup base (such as chicken stock). In fact the word “minestrone” has become a synonym for “a mix of all things”.
The Italian soup, minestrone, is one of the cornerstones of Italian cuisine, and is probably more widely dispersed and eaten throughout Italy than pasta. Minestrone distinguishes itself by the large quantity of fresh vegetables used and its thick consistency.
The word minestrone is likely pre-roman – its Latin name points to its origins and function: minestrone is derived from “minus” or minor, and the modern suffix “-one”, which indicates largeness (eg cat “gatto” + “one” = gattone = huge cat). In other words, the soup was made from small things left over from previous meals together with whatever seasonal vegetables were available to create a large soup or soup one, in order to not waste food. (victoriahansenfood.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Tomatina – Santa Clara, Ca

Average Cost

$12-$15 per meal, lunch special $9.50 for appetizer and lunch meal

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Minestrone, Chicken Spaghettini, Pizza

It’s a little chilly out today in the bay area and nothing beats having a tasty hot soup on a cold breezy day like this. What better place to find a great soup than at a nice Italian restaurant where the aroma of garlic and savory bread enlighten the air!

Today we dine at Tomatina’s!

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