Celeb Chef Mario Batali Brings Restaurant Favorites Home in 'Molto Gusto'

From pasta to pizza, the Iron Chef proves there's no need for traditional main courses

He's the Iron Chef and TV star we all know and love for his jovial personality, infamous orange Crocs and tasty, classic Italian fare. With detailed steps for making pizzas at home and a dining philosophy that centers on small plates, less meat and more snacking, Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking —the chef and restaurateur's latest cookbook inspired by his New York City restaurant OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria—brings his bold, arresting flavors into the family kitchen.

The book highlights recipes that treat high-quality ingredients simply. Set up like a glorious photo album with pages of beautiful, colorful close-ups, it features recipes like a six-ingredient luscious linguine with lemon, lentils with pancetta and an escarole salad with almonds and sunchokes. Batali includes nuggets of food wisdom, an extensive section describing meat antipasti and cheeses, and a handy food glossary. There's also a list of the chef's favorite spots to buy ingredients (if you're lucky, you might even run into him!).

The shining stars are Batali's homemade pizzas. Recipes with ingredients that appeal to adults, such as Taleggio, cured fatback and anchovies, are followed by more kid-friendly fare, with each pizza named after and created by the children of the OTTO Enoteca families.

Whether preparing snack for a party or an assortment of plates for a meal, the classic recipes in Batali's book translate smoothly from the professional kitchen to yours. End your meal with a scoop of homemade gelato (recipes for flavors like sweet corn and olive oil look intriguing) and your family will be saying delizioso!

Try these recipes from Molto Gusto:
- Spaghetti Alla Gricia
- Pennette with Summer Squash and Ricotta
- Linguine with Cacio e Pepe


What is your favorite Italian dish to cook at home? Chime in below!

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