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The men of the Pacific Street social club cook Italian : home-style recipes and unforgetable stories
Renny, Gerard.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow and Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 147 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TX723 .R435 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Men's social clubs have defined Italian-American culture for generations. As the author explains, grandmothers and mothers passed on the family recipes to their sons. When the sons grew up, they prepared the family recipes for each other at clubs like the Pacific Street Social Club in East New York in Brooklyn. This proud tradition created a sense of community that is still alive today among Italian Americans.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 Monday
Broiled Steakp. 21
Steak Pizzaiolap. 22
Pasta e Piselli (Pasta and Peas--2 versions)p. 24
Joe Red's Chicken Meatball Soupp. 26
Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Red Pepperp. 28
2 Tuesday
Anthony Corozzop. 30
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpea Soup)p. 34
Veal or Chicken Cutlets and Romaine Saladp. 35
Veal or Chicken Cutlet Sandwichp. 36
Chicken or Veal Francesep. 37
Potato Croquettesp. 38
3 Wednesday
Basic Marinara Saucep. 43
Carbonara Saucep. 44
Prosciutto Saucep. 45
White Clam Saucep. 47
Bolognese Sauce (Meat Sauce)p. 48
Cauliflower and Pasta Shellsp. 50
Raw Saucep. 51
Pastina for Childrenp. 52
4 Thursday
Joe Rennyp. 54
Red Beef Soupp. 65
Macaroni Piep. 66
Coyote Chicken (Roast Chicken Hunter's Style)p. 67
Joe Renny's Beef Stewp. 68
5 Friday
Lentil Soupp. 74
Spaghettini Aglio e Olio (Thin Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil)p. 75
Pasta Puttanesca (Spaghetti, Whore's Style--2 versions)p. 76
Potatoes and Eggsp. 78
Eggplant Parmigianap. 80
Escarole and Beansp. 81
6 Saturday
Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)p. 87
Fried Pepper "Wet" Sandwichp. 88
Ham and Swiss Sandwich with Marinated Tomatoesp. 89
Stringbean Saladp. 90
Pickled Eggplantp. 91
7 Sunday
Sunday Gravyp. 98
Meatballsp. 99
Braciole (Stuffed Meat Rolls)p. 100
Lasagnep. 102
Pitti Boop Sandwichp. 104
Italian-Style Stuffed Artichokesp. 105
8 Easter Sunday
'A Pizza Chien' (Pizza Rustica)p. 110
Roast Lamb with New Potatoes and Peasp. 112
Handmade Italian Ricotta Cavatelli (Roly Polies)p. 113
Manicotti (Baked Cheese-Filled Crepes in Tomato Sauce)p. 115
Grain Pie (Lent Pie)p. 118
Italian Cheesecakep. 119
Zeppoles with Ricotta (Deep-Fried Ricotta Balls)p. 120
9 Christmas Eve
Crab Saucep. 126
Lobster Saucep. 127
Uncle Baccalap. 128
Baccala (Salt Cod, Tomato, Onion, and Potato Casserole)p. 132
Fried Baccalap. 133
Baccala Saladp. 134
Strufolli (Honey-Coated Deep-Fried Dough Balls)p. 135
Gennets (Teardrop Cookies)p. 137
Cenci (Deep-Fried Bows)p. 138
Raisin Spice Cakep. 140
Indexp. 143