Twenty-five years ago, Michele Scicolone went to Italy on her honeymoon and fell in love with all things Italian--the people, the culture, and especially the food and wine. With this exciting collection of 250 recipes ranging from antipasto to desserts, Michele brings to American tables the true flavors of simple Italian cooking. Melon Fritters. Salmon Carpaccio. Spaghetti with Rubies. Sicilian Seafood Couscous. Chicken with Vinegar and Hot Pepper. Capri Lemon Tart. Perfect Polenta. Fresh Tomato Sauce. Spinach Gnocchi. Traditional family favorites, contemporary dishes, and regional classics are easy for midweek family meals yet elegant enough for dinner parties. Names and addresses of her favorite restaurants, food festivals, and markets; information-packed sidebars on everything from choosing ingredients to step-by-step instructions for cooking pasta, risotto, and other classic dishes; and 16 pages of glorious color photographs make this the comprehensive Italian cookbook no cook, Italophile, or traveler should be without.