We’ve got stars in our eyes…and our bowls…and our spoons…all thanks to pastina, the teensy star-shaped pasta. It just may be the cutest supper in the solar system.
Julia della Croce is a journalist who began her career as a restaurant critic and is now the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including her latest title, Italian Home Cooking. Her prosaic writings and reliable recipes have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Times Magazine, Food & Wine, and Cook's Illustrated, among other publications. Della Croce also lectures about the history of Italian cooking and culture at numerous institutions, including the Smithsonian in Washington, DC and the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in Philadelphia. She's been named one of America's Best Cooking Teachers by the James Beard Foundation.