Chef duo freshens up Italian-American favorites

Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:31am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Italian-American dishes that they feasted on at their grandmothers' dinner tables on Sundays are the inspiration for the first cookbook of chef duo Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castrovono.

The menu at Frankies Spuntino, which Castronovo, 42, Falcinelli, 44, opened nearly six years ago, pays homage to the straight-forward yet satisfying food of their youth.

In "The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual," the classically-trained chefs also give recommendations on wine pairings and seasonal meals.

The New York natives spoke to Reuters about their passion for Italian food and why it's hard to make pasta.

Q: What can readers expect from your book?

A: Falcinelli: "This is basically our menu from A-to-Z. We know this is tried and true. It's being delivered in our restaurant every day. It's a good give back from a professional standpoint to offer the recipes, clear and concise without any fuzz and with clear illustrations."

Q: What are the inspirations for the book?

A: Castronovo: "The recipes came from Frank's family and my family, my professional background and his professional background. There are quick stories and they are fun reading."   Continued...

<p>Chefs Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo (L) pose at Times Square in New York, May August 5, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>