John Mariani’s new book: How Italian Food Conquered the World (2011 Palgrave MacMillan) is an essential read for anyone (and everyone) who loves Italian food, Italian restaurants, Italy (or IT-ly as my dear, departed dad called it) or any and all things Italian…which is to say, pretty much all of us. It chronicles the success story of this immigrant cuisine — from the 19th Century splash the Del-Monico brothers made among New York society to the mystique of Rao’s to the world-wide rise of Super Tuscan wines out of the ashes of Dago red — and is so fascinating, we hardly wanted to finish it.
Finishing, however, was not something we had trouble doing with our Settebello mushroom, ricotta, and sausage calzone. Inhale was more like it.
Yeah, it was that good. Comprised of the usual superior sourdough, smoky, charred crust, and superb ingredients we have come to know and love — that we shoveled it in with with our usual elitist aplomb.
Mariani’s book won’t be officially released until March 15, but once it is, we suggest tucking into your own copy along with the calzone of your choice here (all pizzas are available folded over and baked in this manner). There are a lot worse ways to spend your lunch hour.
Btw: ELV is trying to convince owner Brad Otton that downtown Las Vegas needs a Settebello of its own. Would you agree? If so, let’s all start some kind of campaign or something. Our staff is tired of traipsing all the way to Henderson for Beautiful Seven’s beautiful pies.
Lunch was $20. The book was a gift from Palgrave MacMillan and Signore Mariani.
140 South Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89012