My favorite restaurant in New York City is Carmines, hands down (well its italian food so I guess the hands would be up gesturing). So you can imagine my surprise when I found the Carmine's Family-Style Cookbook: More Than 100 Classic Italian Dishes to Make at Home
It has everything (except of course cannoli). My first test was the Eggplant Rollatini. I love eggplant, and this dish is eggplant sliced lengthwise, friend and stuffed with delicious cheese, then baked in a casserole, I made it with the suggested 'Carmines Marinara Sauce" and it was so good, and my boyfriend LOVED it, we've been eating leftovers for the last three nights!
the final product, the recipe made a HUGE dish of it, from just one eggplant! It was pretty inexpensive to make
I used these tomatoes as suggested and they were definetly worth the extra price in my opinion. You definetly pay for quality
I firmly believe that ziti or rotini should go with any dishes like this, I think they taste great with italian casseroles.
This book is a keeper