About Julia della Croce

Julia della Croce

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 TimesWashington PostBoston GlobeNew 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.

A square of polenta with layers of meat sauce on a plate with a fork, two glasses of wine

Polenta Cake with Meat Sauce

In this inspired Italian creation, traditional lasagna noodles are supplanted by polenta. Trust us, you’ll feel no guilt nor regret over forsaking custom.

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Pot filled with star pasta, melting butter, and a wooden spoon all on a towel

Pastina with Butter and Milk

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.

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Basic Polenta Recipe

Basic Polenta

This basic polenta recipe is the perfect base for so many Italian dishes. Add cheese, top it with sauce or meat, cut it into squares and fry it. Shall we go on?

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Sauteed Veal Cutlets | Saltimbocca

Saltimbocca | Sauteed Veal Cutlets

A classic Italian recipe. Tender veal is pounded thin, topped with a sliced of cured ham and a sage leaf and sauteed until golden brown.

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Sweet Ricotta Tart

Sweet Ricotta Tart

For this Italian treat, a sweet ricotta filing studded with chocolate and candied orange rind and flavored with citrus is nestled in a cookie-like crust.

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