Get out the grill~

Making panunto - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

Or let’s grill in!

It’s that time of year when half the country is still in the grasp of Old Man Winter while the other half is enjoying the budding, flowering show of Spring. Here is Alabama we have already been grilling and dining al fresco. I realize that it is a little early for grilling up north, but here is a video I shot in Viterbo in January.

Francesca and her boyfriend Mario had all of us over to their apartment for dinner. They made panunto (“greasy bread”) by grilling sausages in their living room fireplace. So for everyone still up in the wintry flurries of the north, the thrill of grilling can still be achieved at this time of year – just turn to your fireplace!

Enjoy the video of my panunto evening~

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Buon Appetito – bring your family to the table!


About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

  1. LindyLouMacLindyLouMac04-07-2011

    Meat cooked over the open fire on a grill in this way tastes simply delicious.

    • Mark LeslieMark Leslie04-08-2011

      Oh yeah – it does! Especially when the sausages are locally made. YUM~

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