A Midnight Spaghetti Party

Spaghettata di Mezzanotte
Spaghettata di Mezzanotte (Pasta with Anchovies, Capers, and Tomato Sauce)

The after-party Italian tradition of spaghettata di mezzanotte—”midnight spaghetti”—gave birth to this lusty pasta dish tossed with anchovies, capers, tomatoes, and garlicky bruschetta crumbs. See the recipe for Spaghettata di Mezzanotte (Pasta with Anchovies, Capers, and Tomato Sauce) »

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  1. Because it's unplanned, a spaghettata di mezzanotte is all about working with what you have: make pasta and toss with what's handy, whether it's garlic, oil, pepper flakes, parmesan, or anchovies.
  2. "Supreming" citrus is separating the fruit's pulp from the membrane. Here's a step-by-step guide to the technique.
  3. The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail made from equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth—three bar staples you won't need to run out and buy for an impromptu party. For those who prefer a lighter cocktail, offer Americanos; just omit the gin and top with soda water. For even more ideas, see our gallery of Amaro cocktails and our collection of Italian-inspired drinks.
  4. The eggy, creamy dessert zabiglione comes together in just about 15 minutes and tastes great with store-bought cookies—perfect for a last minute treat. See our gallery of Italian desserts and classic Italian dishes for more inspiration.

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