Classic Italian American Recipes

Baccala Salad

This refreshing salt cod salad is a staple Italian-American Christmas Eve dish. Get the recipe for Baccala Salad »

Braised Artichokes

Earthy and tender, these artichokes are a favorite antipasto at Frankies Spuntino restaurants in New York City. Get the recipe for Braised Artichokes »

Calamari with Potatoes and Peas

Saveur kitchen assistant Alex Saggiomo shared his family's recipe for the classic Southern Italian dish, typically served for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Get the recipe for Calamari with Potatoes and Peas »

Chicken Vesuvio

This garlicky chicken dish is a specialty of Chicago's Italian-American restaurants. Get the recipe for Chicken Vesuvio »


This hearty version of San Francisco's signature seafood soup comes from Sotto Mare in North Beach. Get the recipe for Cioppino »

Escarole Soup

Escarole lends sweet depth to this comforting soup from former Saveur executive editor Dana Bowen. Get the recipe for Escarole Soup »

Johnny Marzetti

The bygone restaurant Marzetti's in Columbus, Ohio, invented this cheesy noodle casserole. Get the recipe for Johnny Marzetti »


This hearty lasagne from Rubirosa in New York City is made with sweet fennel sausage and tiny meatballs. Get the recipe for Lasagne »

Lobster Fra Diavolo

This spicy seafood pasta features large pieces of sweet lobster tossed with bucatini and a fresh, flavorful tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Lobster Fra Diavolo »

Pasta con le Sarde

Further proof that the Sicilians really know what's up when it comes to preparing sardines. Get the recipe for Pasta con le Sarde »

Rabbit Ragu with Garganelli

This flavorful ragu is served with fresh tarragon-flavored garganelli at Frankies Spuntino restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, but is delicious with any kind of pasta. Get the recipe for Rabbit Ragu with Garganelli »

Sausage and Peppers

Skillet-seared sausage with fried peppers and onions is a simple, filling campfire meal. Get the recipe for Sausage and Peppers »

Sauteed Sole with Olives

This dish, whose topping resembles a tapenade, is wonderful served alongside roast potatoes. Get the recipe for Sauteed Sole with Olives »Back to Italian America »

Shrimp Scampi

This simple, delicious seafood pasta, full of flavor from garlic, shallots, and red chile flakes, is a staple of Italian-American restaurants. Get the recipe for Shrimp Scampi »

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Lou Di Palo shared his grandmother's recipe for the meatballs that he sells at his family's store, Di Palo's Fine Foods, in New York City; they're composed of pork, beef, and veal and flavored with four kinds of cheese. Get the recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs »

Stuffed Calamari

Squid stuffed with breadcrumbs, pecorino, parsley, and oregano is a Feast of the Seven Fishes favorite. Get the recipe for Stuffed Calamari »

Utica Greens

Utica greens, named for the New York town where Italian factory workers settled in the 1900s, is a sauté of escarole, bread crumbs, potatoes, and hot peppers. Get the recipe for Utica Greens »

Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions

Onions and fennel provide a flavorful base for whole roasted fish. Get the recipe for Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions »

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