Monthly Archives: June 2012

Making Il Chiasso’s Riso Nero

This was a tasty dish using sepia to make an incredible risotto. Here’s Il Chiasso’s recipe and technique.

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Cast Iron Chef – A Cooking Competition in Sunny Saratoga

Iron Chef – like cooking competitions have become quite popular in recent years and I have had the honor to participate in a few regional ones as a judge. They have all been fun, but the new “Cast Iron Chef” [...]

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Sunday Photo- Lambrusco

Lambrusco, the wine and the grape. both from the Emiglia-Romagna  region of Italy, has suffered in reputation during the Parker years, but recently, a revival of sorts has taken place. True, much of the reason its reputation had suffered was [...]

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Il Chiasso’s Stuffed Sardines

Living in upstate NY, when I get good quality fresh sardines, it is such a rare event, I tend to just cook them simply on the grill. On the island of Elba, off the Tuscan coast of Italy, fresh sardines [...]

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The Irony of an Ending – Four Aces Diner

My alma mater, Dartmouth College, is a wonderful place to get a great education and a great place to spend four years. My eldest son, L.J. Sconzo, an occasional contributor to this  blog, just graduated after four mostly wonderful years. I say [...]

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Sunday Photo – Happy Fathers Day!

There is not a day that has passed over the last sixteen years since he died that I haven’t thought about my father, Dr. Lawrence J. Sconzo, at some point. I miss him greatly, though I take solace in the [...]

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Making Pasta With Dido at Il Chiasso

Dido, the chef at Il Chiasso, Luciano Casini’s thoroughly charming restaurant in Capoliveri in the island of Elba off of Italy’s Tuscan coast, was kind enough to give my son and I a few cooking lessons, a number of which [...]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Saturday Night at Il Chiasso

At 5PM, my son and I returned to the restaurant, where Dido gave my son and I some cooking lessons.First he made two kinds of bread – a regular loaf and a flatbread. He used 00 flour and whole wheat [...]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina and the Wonderful Ristorante Grigolo

The plan was to go to the market in Porto Azzurro to pick out our dinner for the evening. We traveled in style. Luciano owns a 1952 Fiat station wagon in mint condition. He drove us in it to the [...]

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Sunday Photo – A Man and His Automobile

Luciano Casini is one of a kind. He is charming, he is a bon vivant and he is a man of many pursuits. He could have been the person who inspired the famous Dos Equis commercial series on “the most interesting [...]

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