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Brunch? In Italy they call it “broonch”

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Italians love American pop culture: from Coca Cola to Michael Jackson, from Timberland boots to Woody Allen, they just can’t seem to get enough of it.

But in recent years, another all-American phenomenon has begun to command the attention — and appetites — of the Milanese and the Romans: brunch, or as the Italians call it, “broonch”.

It’s quite remarkable, really: in a country whose cuisine has conquered the world (can you imagine an American city or town without a pizzeria and an Italian restaurant?) and where food lovers generally hold American food in disdain (partly out of snobbery and partly because of the commercial forces that drive American fastfood), brunch has become an unstoppable fashion.
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Tony Vallone’s neighborhood Italian: homemade tortellini Modena style

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Another fantastic event in Tony’s Regional Italian Cuisine Series

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Above: Tony Vallone presents chef Bobby Matos to the sold-out crowd.

We just wanted to say thanks to the sold-out crowd who came out last night for the “Evening in Milan with Tony Vallone” event last night at Ciao Bello, the last in his series of Italian Regional Cuisine Dinners.

The star of the evening was the Osso Buco “Leonardo” (see image below): “a study of veal” including “a mini shank and chop with saffron-infused risotto.”

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Above: Osso Buco “Leonardo,” named after Leonardo da Vinci, who spent many years living and working in Milan.

Yesterday’s dinner was the last in the series for 2014.

But Tony will be launching a new series in early 2015.

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Thanks again to everyone who came out to share this incredible culinary experience with Tony and his team!

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