Synopses & Reviews
In the Danza family, the men did most of the cooking -- great Italian-American food that has remained the favorite cuisine in American households for more than a century.
Now, actor, television personality, and exuberant cook Tony Danza and his son, Marc (and grandson, Nicholas!), invite you into the kitchen with their huge, at times hilarious, Italian-American clan for 50 top-secret family recipes (the sauce and the lasagna) and never-before-shared stories and photographs.
You'll meet Tony's mom and dad, and Tony's mom's family, the Camisas. You'll meet Marc's family and of course his son, Nicholas. You'll meet the uncles, the aunts, and the cousins, all important people in Tony's and Marc's upbringing. You'll read stories about an Italian immigrant family that grew strong in America and really lived the American dream.
The stories are, for the most part, wrapped around the recipes and the food that was the center of family life: Uncle John's Pasta with Prosciutto Sauce, Mother's Lasagna, Chicken with Lemon and Garlic, Holiday Antipasto, Roasted Chicken and Potatoes, Escarole and Bean Soup, Ricotta Cheesecake, and even Tony and Marc's Quick or Date Sauce, a fabulous tomato sauce that's fast, easy, and sure to help you impress the ladies.
So pull up a chair, pick up a fork, and join Tony and Marc as they cook, eat, and laugh their way through the generations. And remember, "don't fill up on the antipasto."
Just in time for Father's Day, television favorite Tony Danza and his son Marc present memories of their huge, hilarious Italian-American clan along with the secret family recipes they swore they'd never reveal. Illustrated.
About the Author
Tony Danza is a former boxer who worked in television on Taxi (1978-1983) and Who's the Boss? (1984-1992). As the host of The Tony Danza Show (2004-2006), he often showed off his culinary skills with son Marc and decided to do a book of family recipes and stories that he and his son treasured. Marc Danza, who has an extensive background in technology for television and event production, has worked in the industry for ESPN, the Staples Center, and Mandalay Entertainment Group. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jackie Collins
In the Beginning
Words from the Son
The Father Speaks
Don't Fill Up On the Antipasto
When Guys Gather
Marc's Super Bowl Guacamole
Uncle Vinny's Clam Lesson
Clams on the Half-Shell
Uncle Tony's Baked Clams
"Gee, We Hate to Waste a Good Salad"Danza Everyday Salad
Arugula, White Bean, and Red Onion Salad
Marc's Eggplant, Lemon, and Caper Salad
Tony's Caprese Salad
Nothing Like a Nice Bowl of Soup
Tied to a Tree
Roasted Chicken Soup
A Very Important Uncle
Escarole and Bean Soup
The Dukes and Hilda
Hilda's Tortilla Soup with Chicken and Avocado
Patty's Italian Egg Drop Soup
You Gonna Eat that Last Piece of Pizza?
The Rest of the Pie
Grandma's Sicilian Pizza
Two MinutesBolognese Sauce with Spaghetti
Quick or Date Sauce
Sherman Oaks Pesto with Fusilli and Chicken
Uncle John's Pasta with Prosciutto Sauce
Sunday Sauce with Meatballs
Don't Be Afraid
Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Pasta with Garlic and Oil
The Giant of Patchogue
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Arugula, and Clams
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
The Every-Night Discussion
Pasta with Calamari and Shrimp
What My Mother Cooked
You're Eating Too Much Bread. Eat Bread!
Cha Cha's Braciole
The Mousse Is Loose
Chicken with Lemon and Garlic
White Fish and Shrimp with Potatoes and Onions in a Lemon, Wine, and Butter Sauce
Broiled White Fish
Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
Marc's Tangerine-Honey Chicken with Chipotle Glaze
Aunt Rose's Fusilli Casserole
DessertsNot Big Bakers
The Broadway Elixir
Acknowledgments and a Story