Nonna Italian Style

My beautiful goddaugther, Isabella, turned 7 last Thursday!

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To celebrate, the fam got together at my mom’s house over the weekend. I’d been looking forward to seeing my family all week…but also looking forward to what was for dinner. When I asked my mom, she said she was going “Nonna Italian Style” and making Pasta Fazool and Pizza Patate. 

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Now, you may know our pasta fazool as “pasta fagioli,” the soup that they sell at places like the Olive Garden. My family’s version is Neopolitan and more like a thick pasta with beans than a soup- and incredibly delicious.

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Growing up, whenever we visited my grandparents it was always pasta fazool and pizza patata- so this throwback was very nostalgic. I make pizza patate (potato and eggs served with fresh mozzarella) often for Pete and I, but never learned how to make pasta fazool- until this past weekend! I have both recipes coming for you this week 🙂

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Anyways, back to the birthday girl…she had just gotten her hair straightened as a birthday present from my parents and looked stunning. She kept flipping her hair, it was just too cute.

For dessert, my Uncle Sal (who owns an Italian bakery) made Bella a tiramisu cake.

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Seriously- how amazing! Ladyfingers around the sides with the classic espresso layers on the inside.

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Singing “Happy Birthday” to the lovely lady.

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We also had his apple pie and various pastries and cookies. So good, so much food, so filling! 

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All in all, a great day filled with family, traditions, great food, and Italian love. xoxo

 

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