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Cookbook Giveaway: Nigellissima

Nigella's Mini Mac and Cheese All'Italiana

Anyone who has ever heard Nigella Lawson describe food in her unmistakable sultry accent knows that she’s a Brit, through and through. But in the kitchen, her style has always leaned Italian. “It was when I was sixteen or seventeen that I decided to be Italian,” Nigella explains in the introduction to her ninth cookbook, Nigellissima. “I simply felt drawn to it, to Italy.”

Nigellissima CoverI hear you, Nigella. Though I’m zero-percent Italian by birth, I’ve been an infatuated Italophile for as long as I can remember. After learning to cook the Italian way during my semester abroad in Rome, I, too, decided to be Italian. Most of what comes out of my kitchen today reflects my adopted heritage.

During her gap year in Florence, Nigella worked as a chambermaid at a family-run pensione and spent most of her free time in the kitchen with Nonna, an Italian grandmother “out of central casting.” Nigella’s recipes in Nigellissima are inspired by the classic techniques used by generations of Italian grandmothers, but she makes no claims of authenticity. The cookbook’s pastas, main dishes, vegetables and sweets all encompass her own personal spin on Italian food. 

Nigella's Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Macaroni and Cheese All’Italiana, for instance — not exactly a traditional Italian dish. But Nigella gives this rich comfort classic an Italian accent and upgrades it in the process by skipping the heavy roux-based sauce and using pennette pasta, fresh mozzarella and mascarpone. Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is Nigella’s decadent take on the flourless chocolate cake, subbing olive oil for butter, as Italians often do.

Want more of Nigella’s Italian-inspired recipes? We’re giving away a copy of Nigellissima to one lucky Devour reader. All you have to do is tell us your favorite Italian dish in a comment on this post.

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So, tell us: What’s your favorite Italian dish?

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Comments (3253)

  1. Sabrina Yanez posted 02/27/2013

    Tiramisu..<3 Nigella

  2. Dan Duffy posted 02/27/2013


  3. tabitha posted 02/27/2013

    Chicken Saltimbocca

  4. Catherine posted 02/27/2013

    Spaghetti alla Carbonara, every time. As an aside, I love the way Nigella describes her recipe for said dish, and of course how one should go about eating it. (The loveliness, with luscious description, is on her website if anyone is curious).

  5. Maggie posted 02/27/2013

    Of course I have an obsession with every type of pasta, variation of pizza, and an affinity towards olive-oil spiked desserts … but my favorite Italian dish has to be bagna cauda because of the family memories associated with it. After all, isn't sharing food and making memories with loved ones the very essence of Italian cooking?

  6. Becky Forbes posted 02/27/2013

    Shrimp Scampi

  7. Marla posted 02/27/2013

    pasta and marinara sauce!

  8. Ann Finneran posted 02/27/2013


  9. Joann posted 02/27/2013

    Meatballs and gravy!

  10. almendra posted 02/27/2013

    baked cheese manicotti and anything with nutella :D

  11. Maria posted 02/27/2013

    My fave Italian dish is CARBONARA! oh yummy! :D

  12. Crystal Landers posted 02/27/2013

    One of my very favorites is Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

  13. Meg posted 02/27/2013

    Veal Marsala is my favorite, but I would never say no to a yummy Carbonara!

  14. Johnny posted 02/27/2013

    Baked Ziti

  15. Mabel posted 02/27/2013

    I love a good and authentic tiramisu

  16. michael posted 02/27/2013

    chicken sorento

  17. Kathy Freihofer posted 02/27/2013

    Clams and Spaghetti. Yum.

  18. Deb posted 02/27/2013

    My favorite Italian dish is Eggplant Parmesan.

  19. Cathy posted 02/27/2013

    Spagetti and Meatballs

  20. Rita Zufolo posted 02/27/2013

    Osso buco!!!!

  21. Elizabeth Cabrera posted 02/27/2013

    Melanzane alla Parmigiana

  22. Lanie posted 02/27/2013

    The umbricelli with white truffle sauce I had in Orvieto! Would love to be able to make it.

  23. Meg O. posted 02/27/2013

    Salmon with wilted spinach and olive oil!

  24. Mary posted 02/27/2013

    I love most Italian dishes but since I'm a dessert person; Cannoli :)

  25. Tawn Morgan posted 02/27/2013

    cannoli, yum!

  26. Brenda posted 02/27/2013

    Ravioli of any kind, as long as cheese is involved!

  27. Karen posted 02/27/2013

    Fettuccine Alfredo!

  28. barbara Giacometti posted 02/27/2013

    Risotto with Artichokes (Carciofi)

  29. Virginia posted 02/27/2013

    Spaghetti Carbonara

  30. Holly posted 02/27/2013

    home made pesto with pasta and glass of Prosecco

  31. Debra Morse posted 02/27/2013

    Pizza! All kinds of pizza! I even like dessert pizza!

  32. Edward posted 02/27/2013

    Frutti Di Marre is a dish I find enjoyable as long as the squid isn't over done.

  33. Bill posted 02/27/2013

    Squid stuffed with seasoned peas and a bit of bread stuffing broiled in olive oil. This was prepared for me by a friends grandmother in Bologna. Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!

  34. Cathfisch posted 02/27/2013

    Angel hair pasta with crab sauce

  35. Monica posted 02/27/2013


  36. Bonnie posted 02/27/2013

    It's so hard to choose! I love to make manicotti…

  37. Jo Ann W posted 02/27/2013

    Meatballs with Spaghetti, fresh Tomato Sauce!!!

  38. Jeanette Barney posted 02/27/2013

    Cheese ravioli with meat sauce.

  39. Jennifer posted 02/27/2013

    Spaghetti alla carbonara but specifically with guanciale; can't be it!

  40. Michelle Olmstead posted 02/27/2013

    Creamy risotto!

  41. Azra Syed posted 02/27/2013

    Parmigiana di melanzane is my Fav…

  42. Joanna K. posted 02/27/2013

    Caprese Salad

  43. Crystal Lowry posted 02/27/2013


  44. Marianne Marden posted 02/27/2013

    I'm crazy about chicken cacciatore!!!

  45. adgirl15 posted 02/27/2013

    Fettuccine Alfredo or Eggplant parmigianna

  46. Karlene posted 02/27/2013

    I like just about every Italian dish that you can think of, but a good pizza is always a go to dish for me, always.

  47. Mike posted 02/27/2013


  48. Maria posted 02/27/2013

    Gotta be Italian Steak that my dad makes…steak cooked w. butter and breadcrumbs. mmmm.

  49. Lori posted 02/28/2013

    totellini with artichoke sauce

  50. JoAnn posted 02/28/2013

    Penne with vodka sauce

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