Ingredients

A large plate of salad.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Insalata di Rienforza Recipe An Italian Salad To Give You Strength

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. 

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Bowl of peppers and olives.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Sides

Italia's Roasted Peppers with Olives & Anchovies Recipes

Green bell peppers, Italia explained in her book, are the second most popular ingredient in the cooking of Naples, after tomatoes.

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From the Coppola family kitchen: Desserts

Sofia Coppola's Cannoli Recipe

Everyone knows the quote and can typically say it out loud as soon as they see or hear the word: "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." It is one of the most famous quotes from a movie, ever. 

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From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Baked Butter Shrimp

Use wild Gulf Shrimp from a small fisherman if you can find them. If you can't, look for fresh wild shrimp at farmers markets and specialty grocery stores. 

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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 plate with eight potato croquettes lined up on it.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Sides

Potato Croquettes

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.

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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 dish piled high with rigatoni and meat sauce.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Sauces

Zasa's Meat Sauce

Here are one of the two recipes by Italia's mother-in-law that she included in her book, Mama Coppola's Pasta Book. Look for meats cut for scaloppini or ask your butcher if she or he can slice some for you.

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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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