About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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“Aio e Oio”-Roman Garlic and Oil Sauce

Oh, it feels good to finally have drawn a recipe that has been a staple in our family for years and years. This is a simple recipe with tons of flavor. Just garlic and red pepper sautéed in a good extra virgin olive oil and then mixed with some spaghetti and fresh parsley. Nothing fancy, but nothing better. I do usually add some anchovy, but it is not necessary.


When I first tried this recipe, Michael’s cousin made it for me. I was helping her in the kitchen that day and I kept questioning her about what other ingredients that we needed for the dish. I couldn’t believe that this could work. Well, it blew me away then and still does today. Comfort food at its finest!

Comments (4)

Sounds great, Beth! Simple is good!

Beth responds-Yes, it definitely works for us! With as busy as our lives are, we need something that tastes great and I can get on the table quickly.

Looks good Beth and I agree it is comfort food. I especially like that little kick the red chile pepper provides!

Marcella Hazan:

When we lived in Rome, at a time when restaurants stayed open most of the night, we sometimes went out at midnight to have this pasta.

Beth responds- Unfortunately, we often still eat at midnight. Having the 2 stores/restaurants means that we eat late. With recipes like this it makes it easy to have something great quickly.

Beth - I'm in Rome this weekend - I'll look for this pasta! Your version of it ooks amazing.

Beth responds-Now, I am so jealous!! Oh, well I know you will love the pasta!

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