Profile Details


Michelle Capobianco

My hometown

Queens, NY

Where I live now

Queens, NY (I came full-circle after 13 years in Boston & Manhattan)

Roots: Tell us a little about yourself

I am the only daughter of Italian immigrants turned (uninspired) corporate lawyer turned (devoted) mom of 3 boys turned (inspired) regional Italian food caterer, amateur instructor and blogger ( I spend nearly every summer in Abruzzo with my family and spend the remainder of the year dreaming of Italy.

What is your family’s culinary heritage?

My mother was born in Sicily and my dad was born in Abruzzo. Growing up, I was blessed with traditional Italian foods from their respective regions.

Best family recipe? Share it!

Arancini – At the top of my “best thing I ever ate” list, my mom’s version of these Sicilian rice balls are filled with creamy rice dotted with ham, encasing a center of tomato sauce with ground beef and peas, then coated in bread crumbs and fried to perfection. I request them on my birthday each year.

Favorite childhood food memory

Making tomato sauce with my parents and two grandmothers every year in late August. My dad was in charge of stirring the cauldron-like pot while my grandmothers bickered about whose way was right. Although they’re no longer here or well enough to participate, my parents and I still continue the ritual.

Favorite dish to share

I am positively obsessed with homemade pasta and spend the entire week leading up to every holiday handcrafting pasta for our 25 guests! I recently started giving local cooking classes with a focus on pasta-making, including gnocchi and orecchiette.