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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Pot Roast of Beef Braised in Amarone Wine

Amarone wine? Well, that's a bit of a step up from my usual cooking wine - Rumpole's Chateau Fleet Street or a screw cap plonk from Argentina or Chile are my usual choices. I was tempted to save a few bucks but eventually headed over to the LCBO & sprang for 32 bucks for a bottle of Amarone.

My wife is a big fan of Marcella's. I prepared this recipe on a Sunday a few weeks in advance. My wife mentioned that she had a roast she wanted to cook. I jumped in and said that I had to make a pot roast for this project and I would take over. No problem for her. Do you think she looks ahead at my assignments and drops comments to get out of preparing some meals? Just asking.

Ingredients below including pancetta, olive oil, roast, onion, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, wine.


The roast braises for three hours in a heavy bottomed pot. I used a sauté pan - seemed to work OK.


The final result with a side of a cabbage dish. Both were excellent.


What I liked about this recipe:

1. No stress recipe - pretty easy directions, not a lot to do while the roast is braising for three hours.

2. Another one-pot recipe - a big plus in my book, as I've mentioned before.

3. An excellent option for a Sunday dinner. Great result.

What I didn't like about this recipe:

Well, the wine was a bit pricier than my usual options. I might not always use Amarone wine, but don't tell Marcella.

Would I make it again?

Yes. This is the best pot roast recipe I've ever tried.

Comments (5)

Mindy Smith:

Doug, I think your wife is very wise and knows you very well, LOL. I am a recent Amarone fan (thank you Shannon). I'm sure this potroast would be the best one I've ever eaten as well. Obviously, I'd make this for a very special occasion using the Amarone.

Great job once again Doug!!!

Doug, I think your wife is a lucky lady. Great job!

Sounds fabulous! I'm glad you decided to spring for the Amarone so you could taste the recipe the way it was meant to be.

Marcella Hazan:

My thanks, Doug, for having so much faith in my recipe that you poured Amarone into the pot. I am glad you trusted me, because it does make a difference, and not just in your pocketbook. Someday, try making risotto with Amarone. It's in one of the books, perhaps not Essentials. Another great use for Amarone, besides drinking it, is with poached pears. That one too may not be in Essentials.

My compliments to your wife.


Thank you for sharing your experience of this recipe! I just came across it in Marcella's book and really want to try it. I think Ripasso di Valpolicella would work too in place of the Amarone and be less expensive. How did you make the cabbage? I would love that recipe!

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