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Come to meet us:

-Saturday, December7th, at the beautiful Italian Place in Old Town Alexandria. 

From 7:30PM to 9:30PM

Join Chef Mauro's and Nicoletta for an incredible evening with Antipasti; Risotto demonstration and tasting; dessert; and also wine tasting!!! 

$65.00 per person.

For information  and registration about the event, please contact:

At The Italian Place ®

621 Wythe Street

Alexandria, VA  22314

571.777.8981 Phone


A very nice day at the #MountVernonUnitarianChurch Holiday Market Event! The organization was perfect and all the customers we had the pleasure to meet were adorable indeed. So many people showed a genuine interest in our book about Northern Italian cuisine and traditions. Thank you.

The NIAF event was fantastic indeed; great vendors and amazing customers and friends!

The book Signing and Wine Tasting Event at The Italian Place was perfect. Thanks everybody for making it possible!

We are very satisfied that the Retirement Party we organized yesterday was successful.

We have been invited by Ms. Sally's Cookbook Club on June and September. We had a blast sharing our thoughts and experience about publishing our book.

The event of BELLA ITALIA MARKET, organized by Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center was phenomenal. Thanks everybody for making it possible!

And the Chain Bridge Cellar Book Signing Event and Sample tasting,

on Sunday, was amazing too: so many nice people genuinely interested in good wine, good food and our book.



  1. My friend Katherine spent some  time cooking yesterday and she wrote: "I tried some recipes from your book today: Polpette al sugo della nonna and Strudel di mele. Delicious!
  2. James Adamos bought the book and his reaction was: "Wow! I love the book! Wonderful pictures!!!"
  3. Diana Mariotti came to our book signing and she wrote: "It was a wonderful event and lots of fun. Bravi Nicoletta Scarnera and Mauro Molino! The book is lovely and lives up to its name - Delectable!"
  4. My dear neighbor Tess likes to describe my meat sauce saying: "Best meat sauce ever! I've been trying to replicate the recipe as it is my son's all times favorite meal and he tells me: it is close, but not as good as Miss Nico's."
  5. Here below, Chef Molino and I attending in DC the XX Food Festival organized by The Organization of American States,with Ambassador Marilina Armellin and Chief Translator Diana Mariotti.
  6. Myself inside the OSA building during the celebration for the Italian national day

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Research and Development


Chef decorating a dish

Authors' Biographies

Spectacular view around the Vigezzo Valley

Chef Mauro Molino

 Born at the very beginning of the 1970s’and raised in the beautiful Piedmont countryside from which he inherited a love for meat and game and his loyalty to culinary traditions and quality. His style of cooking is classic, formed during his attendance at the Culinary Institute in Turin and the prestigious Bocuse Academy in Lyon, but also based on an appreciation for local products. Always fascinated by the different tastes and aromas he encountered while working throughout Europe and the United States, his purpose is to make the others appreciate the pleasure and satisfaction of good eating.  In his words, “food is health, health is happiness and happiness is wellbeing.”


Nicoletta Shane Scarnera


Nicoletta Shane, is also Italian, born not too far away from Piedmont, in the Lombardy region city of Pavia.  She has spent many summers in the Piedmont mountains over her life and has also developed a passion for the region and its traditions.  A lawyer by education and trade, passionate about writing, and a gourmand by nature, in the true French sense of the term, she combined these traits to collaborate on this book with Chef Mauro.


Mixed Fried Platter

This recipe is a staple in Piedmont, in particular around the city of Biella. It was a traditional popular dish, very convivial and typically served in spring time.

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