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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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A stack of ribs covered in sauce on top of a wood cutting board.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Honey Spare Ribs

Serve these voluptuous ribs with a simple green salad and steamed rice, a perfect vehicle for the delicious juices. You should also feel free to lick the juices off your fingers. Be sure to have plenty of napkins on the table.

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Beef Steak Pizzaiola with a side of fresh greens served on a black plate.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Beef Steak Pizzaiola

A side dish bright with acid from vinegar or lemon juice is an ideal accompaniment to this luscious steak; Italia's Fried Zucchini with Fresh Mint is perfect and perfectly delicious.

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A clear bowl filled with beet & red onion salad.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Beet & Red Onion Salad

When Italia was raising her family, she would have had access primarily to red beets, typically canned unless a family lived on a farm or had a garden. 

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A bowl of calamari in a red sauce.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Sides

Calamari Alla Marinara

It is very easy to clean calamari, even though it can seem intimidating if you've never done it before.

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Casserole dish filled with eggplant parmigiano.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Italia's Eggplant Parmigiano

If practice makes perfect, this dish is flawless. When Italia, as a new bride, learned her in-laws were coming and looking forward to her Neapolitan cooking, she understandably grew nervous, so nervous that once she planned the menu, she prepared it every night for a week before Agostino and Marie Coppola arrived.

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A large bowl of salad topped with shrimp and tomatoes.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Shrimp Salad Vinaigrette

What to serve for dinner on a sweltering night, when temperatures rise above 90 degrees and it seems you may never have an appetite again? This tangy salad is ideal and so simply that you won't mind being in the kitchen for the few minutes it takes to make it.

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A bowl of tomato-cucumber yogurt salad garnished with dill.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Yogurt

 When Italia was raising her children in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, yogurt was nowhere near as ubiquitous as it is now. You often had to find it in a health food store or a Greek market, if there was one near you. Now the problem is to decide which yogurt among dozens of choices to use.

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A bowl of mussels in tomato sauce with a burlap napkin underneath.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Mussels with Tomato Sauce

When Italia cooked mussels, she likely had to trim their long seaweed beards and scrub off, if possible, the barnacles who had attached themselves to the shells. Advances in shellfish cultivation has changed everything and made it much easier for home cooks to both get good mussels and prepare them.

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A large bowl of seafood stew garnished with toasted bread.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Zuppa di Pesce Alla Napolitana

This classic Neapolitan fish stew has about as many versions of cooks as there are in Napoli. Italia's version includes a bounty of seafood and you do not need to use all of it; just use what you like and what is freshest wherever you are.

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A blue skillet filled with Sausage-Kale Skillet Lasagna and a wooden spoon.
Flavorful recipes

Sausage-Kale Skillet Lasagna

Sausage-Kale Skillet Lasagna paired with Director’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

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A blue and white bowl filled with creole chicken and grits.
Flavorful recipes

Creole Chicken

Creole Chicken paired with Sofia Rosé

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