cover image Osteria: Hearty Italian Fare from Rick Tramonto's Kitchen

Osteria: Hearty Italian Fare from Rick Tramonto's Kitchen

Rick Tramonto, Mary Goodbody, with Mary Goodbody. . Broadway, $35 (276pp) ISBN 978-0-767-92771-0

Tramonto, a partner in five Chicago restaurants, and author of Fantastico! , Amuse Bouche and Tru , returns to the food of his childhood in this homage to the osterias so common in Italy. Osterias, or taverns, offer simple and straightforward dishes designed to accompany the wine. Tramonto and coauthor Goodbody stay true to this tradition, including wine recommendations for most recipes. In addition to the usual categories, the authors include sections on breakfast, sandwiches, pizza, cheese, and side dishes. Recipes are hearty and by no means simplistic. Panettone French Toast and Sicilian Tuna Sandwiches whet the appetite, while Asparagus with Fried Egg Salad and Pecorino, and Roast Chicken Piccata-Style offer new twists to everyday ingredients. Sidebars on salmon, aged balsamic vinegar and how to cook pasta highlight ingredients and techniques to aid in the kitchen and help the cook make better purchasing decisions. A handsome and lavishly photographed collection, this will appeal to Tramonto fans and earn him an even larger following. (Oct.)