The blog to the Feast of the Seven Fishes Book - About Italian Christmas, Italian Food and Traditions
From the Author
"All I wanted to do was write a little romantic comedy about my family cooking fish on Christmas Eve. Little did I know what I'd unleashed - an acclaimed graphic novel, a festival, a movie - and now a blog - dedicated to keeping the traditions of our Italian ancestors alive..."
A few years ago, when the Feast of the Seven Fishes first came out in
book form, I was lucky enough to be a guest on the Good Food radio
program on my favorite Los Angeles radio station, KCRW. I just came
across the link to that particular episode and thought I'd post it here - and be sure to check out other episodes - it's a great show.
We wish all of our readers and members of our little community a happy new year. Thank you for coming to our site, buying our book, eating fish at the Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival and caring for observing existing traditions and creating new ones. We wish you all the best luck, health and good spirits in 2009.
Have you ever noticed how some of your best holiday memories - or any
memories, really - are the ones you didn't plan for? A few days ago
Shannon and I were driving on Rt. 51 south of Pittsburgh. We were
looking for a place for lunch. As we passed through the small town of
Perryopolis, PA Shannon happened to notice a place called Caporella's
Bella Cucina Ristorante. I don't think I'd ever noticed it before. We
decided to take a chance - and are we ever glad we did. Caporella's is
an unassuming little place but one look at the menu speaks of a quiet
confidence. We decided to try a few different things, starting with
their marvelous lightly-breaded fried calamari. I went for the wings
as well - they were fantastic. We moved on to pasta and meatballs and
sausage and, being as it's always five o'clock somewhere in the world,
a frosty Peroni beer. All in all, an excellent time in a warm and
inviting atmosphere with great service. Now before you ask, nope, I
don't know the owner, Patricia Caporella Filak or executive chef, John
Filak. But I do know a good meal when I've had one. So if you ever
find yourself driving on Interstate 70 and pass the Rt. 51 exit - do
yourself a favor. Exit and drive south on 51 a few miles, seek out
Caporella's and treat yourself. They are open everyday but Monday =
usually by 11:00 a.m. Their address is 100 Quaker Church Road,
Perryopolis, PA 15473 and the phone number is 724-736-VINO.
We got quite a few of emails from readers excited about us featuring some of our favorite bloggers. So after featuring Ms Adventures in Italy, the Amateur Gourmet is next. It's the blog of writer Adam Roberts, who's daily writings about restaurant reviews, recipes and how-to instructions are fun to read and always insightful. Adam who started writing this blog while going crazy in law school and is now a professional writer brings a unique perspective to the world of blogger chefs out there. For a fun Italian recipe, check out his Spaghetti Carbonara For Beginners recipe. Also, Adam wrote the book The Amateur Gourmet which you can buy at Amazon.com