by James O. Fraioli & Leonardo Curti
Each year Italy’s beautiful countryside is spattered with numerous food festivals that showcase various delectable foods such as garlic, pasta, lentils, fruits, nuts, chocolates and more. Now Italian Food Festivals highlights 50 of Italy’s most diverse food fairs, bringing a taste of authentic Italy into your home with 100 recipes that use the featured festival foods. Chef Leonardo Curti is the executive chef and co- proprietor at the acclaimed Trattoria Grappolo bistro in Santa Ynez, California. Born in Calabria, Italy, Leonardo learned his culinary skills in Tuscany before relocating to Los Angeles, where he worked as a chef at Cicada Restaurant and founded Pane Caldo in Beverly Hills.