Zia Maria’s Recipes

As the Chief Creative Officer of Altomonte’s, I’m constantly asking myself, “What makes Altomonte’s so special?” Is it the love my parents put into creating this wonderful business? Is it the quality of the delicious ingredients we source from the Old Country? Is it the passion my family, staff and I put into serving our customers every day? It’s actually all of these things, and more! Please enjoy the blog posts below. It’s our way of sharing the passion we have for everything we do at Altomonte’s — from our family to yours.

Nonna’s Italian Cookies

Nonna’s Italian Cookies

Feel free to mix up the flavors, sometimes I use vanilla & almond extract, sometimes anise oil, sometimes I will grate in orange and lemon zest. Make them your own and make Nonna proud!  INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter, room temp 3/4 cup white sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon...

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

When autumn rolls around, there is no better comfort food than homemade risotto. It's an easy recipe but does require a lot of stirring, so plan to make it when you can pour yourself a glass on wine, relax and enjoy the process.   Ingredients 1 butternut squash (2...

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Caponata

Caponata

This traditional Sicilian summer time staple makes for a spectacular appetizer or meal for those too-hot to cook days. Pile it on top of toasted Altamura bread. Ingredients 2 lb small Italian eggplants (about 4) 1 tablespoon kosher salt or 2 teaspoons fine sea salt 1...

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