Friday, May 20, 2011

Crispy Pancetta, Burrata, and Tomato Sandwiches

You'll find burrata cheese at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores, Italian markets, and cheese shops.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hunter's Chicken Stew

Hunter's Chicken is found across Northern Italy, with many variations. This version uses meaty bone-in chicken thighs and is full of onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. It's also delicious served over egg noodles.

8 servings | Active Time: 1 hour | Total Time: 2 1/2 hours


  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs, (about 4 pounds), skin removed, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup dry white wine, or vermouth
  • 1 1/2 pounds button mushrooms, halved or quartered, depending on size
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, or 3/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1 1/3 cups cornmeal
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until the onions are very soft and translucent, 2 to 4 minutes more. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the onions to a bowl; set aside. Remove the pot from the heat.
  2. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour. Gently shake off any excess.
  3. Cook the chicken in 2 batches in the Dutch oven, using 1 tablespoon oil for each batch. Cook over medium-high heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  4. Pour wine (or vermouth) into the pot and cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, for 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms, tomatoes, broth, bay leaves and rosemary. Return the reserved onions to the pan. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices, making sure each piece is partially submerged. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover the pan and cook, gently stirring once or twice, until the chicken is very tender, about 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, combine cornmeal, water and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Partially cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and very creamy, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, while you finish the stew.
  6. Remove the chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Bring the liquid in the pan to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Skim or blot any visible fat from the surface. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Return the chicken to the pan.
  7. Gently stir in basil. Serve the stew over the polenta.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Make polenta (Step 5) about 1 hour before serving. Prepare stew through Step 6. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat stew and stir in basil (Step 7).

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Grill-Roasted Clam Linguine

Clams cooked in the shell pop open on the grill, just like they do when steamed. And there's a bonus for the cook: No big, heavy pot is needed.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Perfect Homemade Pizza Crust

 Prep Time: 30 Min | Cook Time: 20 Min | Ready In: 1 Hr 50 Min

This recipe yields a crust that is soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Cover it with your favorite sauce and topping to make a delicious pizza.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rosemary Focaccia with Olives

This popular Italian flatbread is tender and redolent of rosemary and olive oil.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bella Pizza Delivery!

Hungry? There's nothing more satisfying than a taste of your favorite pizza! Call Bella Pizza at 973-299-9177 for delivery!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Too Tired to Cook?

Feeling lazy to cook today? You might want to try our delicious Italian dishes! Don't forget WE DELIVER. Just call us @ 973-299-9177.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Italian Dishes Delivered Hot Right At Your Doorsteps!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Having a Party? Serve Your Guests Mouth Watering Dishes!

We offer catering for special events, small or large! Check out our catering menu which can accommodate any budget.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Try Bella Pizza's Delectable Dishes!

Bella Pizza's menu has a rather extensive choices, offering a variety of exquisite delectable dishes to accommodate any mood or craving.

Whatever your choice, you won’t be disappointed! Come to Bella Pizza!