When Italia was a child, she didn't care for green beans and did what so many of us did as children: Snuck them to her dog. After her father discovered her subterfuge, there was a green bean dish on the table every day for two weeks.
Green bell peppers, Italia explained in her book, are the second most popular ingredient in the cooking of Naples, after tomatoes.
The potato balls, crunchy on the outside and rich and tender on the inside, are so delicious that you might want to make a double batch of mashed potatoes so you'll be sure to have some leftover for making them. Serve them as a snack, as part of an antipasto platter or as a side dish.
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.