(Family Features) - You don't have to go to an Italian restaurant for an authentically delicious dinner. Thanks to the Scotto family, chefs and owners of Fresco by Scotto restaurant in New York City, and frequent "Today Show" guest chefs, you can turn supper into a celebration that gets you rave reviews.
The Scottos know that fresh herbs, savory sauces and garden vegetables are the keys to good Italian cooking. And they've come up with recipes that let you cook like a chef, too.
"These are delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes; it's like eating the meals we serve at the restaurant, only in the comfort of your home," said Marion Scotto, owner of Fresco by Scotto. "The recipe creation was simple, especially when we began with the flavorful varieties of hearty Prego Italian sauce and authentic, hot and crusty Pepperidge Farm garlic bread."
Of course, the most important ingredient to a great meal is family. So gather everyone around the table to enjoy the company and delicious food.
Chef Tips to Try at Home
The Scotto family shares some of their restaurant secrets to enhance your home dining experience.
Mozzarella is easier to work with when you chill it right up until you shred it. For easy cleanup, spray the grater with non-stick spray first.
Instead of chopping garlic, smash it with the flat side of a large butcher's knife.
When cooking with fresh herbs, add them at the last possible moment for optimal flavor. Also, tear (rather than cut) delicate herbs such as basil.
For a truly restaurant-style touch, warm plates up in the microwave for a few seconds before dishing out food.
For more restaurant tips, visit MyItalianTable.com. You'll also find a printable recipe booklet, an interactive dining tool, a coupon for your next shopping trip and more.