R.I.P. Paul Torre

R.I.P. Paul Torre

On June 8, Paul Torre, The Italian Chef who was the inspiration for this website and, more importantly, my father, passed away after a two year struggle with multiple diseases. I knew I wanted to write about this here because he was such a big part of this site, but it took me some time to be able to write what I wanted to say. I started this website back in 1999, with the purpose of keeping my father’s recipes alive after he retired from the restaurant business. Born to Italian immigrants in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, his family moved back to Italy to escape the great depression shortly after his birth. When he was 18 he came back to America, settling in the New York metropolitan area, and began a 40+ year career as an accomplished chef. The last 19 years of that career were spent as chef/owner of his own Italian restaurant, La Villetta in Larchmont, NY. When I started this website I was not much of a cook. Although, I had worked in the restaurant since I was a teenager, it was always in the front of the house as a waiter. The early process of trying to get recipes from a chef who did everything by feel was not easy. When I would ask him for amounts of ingredients I would get answers like “You know” and “Better too little than too much.” Eventually, we settled into a routine of cooking together with me taking the handfuls and pinches of ingredients from him, and measuring them. Those were great times that I will always cherish. As I...
New Blog: Taste Frame

New Blog: Taste Frame

The Italian Chef is proud to announce that we are collaborating with Chef Silvia Bianco on a new multimedia food blog, Taste Frame. The goal of Taste Frame is to be very visual as well as educational, with the posts featuring video instruction and/or step by step pictures. Our latest post features a video of Chef Silvia demonstrating her signature Hand-Rolled Lasagna. On a personal note, I am also excited about the opportunity this will give me to branch out and blog on other types of cooking besides Italian. So please check out Taste Frame and let us know what you...