From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

A bowl of gnocchi.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

Talia's Potato Gnocchi

One of the sweetest and most compelling scenes in Godfather III is when Andy Garcia and Sofia Coppola are alone in a spacious restaurant kitchen making gnocchi together. It is leisurely, nuanced and deliciously sensual.

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A skillet filled with Linguini with Clams Al Bianco.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

Linguini with Clams Al Bianco

Spaghetti alle Vongole, a dish that appears on nearly every Italian restaurant menu in the United States, is similar to Italia's dish.

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Bowl of linguine with pesto.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

Italia's Linguine al Pesto

A friend likes to say that basil should not be planted until it is warm enough to lie on the ground naked. It is a summer herb, best grown and enjoyed in hot weather.

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Bowl of spaghetti.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

Talia's Quick Italian Tomato-Black Olive Sauce with Spaghetti

Here is an ideal weeknight dinner, when you're tired after work, there's homework to supervise and you're facing an early morning.

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Bowl of Alfredo pasta.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

August's Linguine Salza Alfredo

When you order pasta Alfredo in a restaurant, you are likely to get fettuccini swimming in a cream sauce thickened with flour and not the voluptuous dish Italia's oldest son liked to prepare for his family.

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Dry pasta, tomatoes, garlic and basil on a gray background.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

Francis Coppola's Quick Spaghetti Primavera

"Primavera" means spring and there are as many variations to this classic dish as there are cooks.

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