Andrew Cotto is the award-winning author of three novels and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Andrew has also written for Parade, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Italy magazine, Maxim, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Blog: Our Italian Year

Cucina Tipica – An Italian Adventure

Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday

Outerborough Blues

OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY is an unconventional noir that takes place on the dawn of urban gentrification. Lyrical, atmospheric

The Domino Effect

THE DOMINO EFFECT is award-winning story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful

Our Italian Year – September

By Monday, September 26th, 2011 452 comments Permalink

Arrival I’m usually fidgety on plane rides of any length, and my previous overnight trips to Europe had been disasters of insomnia that left me bleary-eyed and displaced for the first few days on foreign soil. But I slept almost the entire flight from New York to Nice. The exhaustion from all the preparation of…

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Obama’s Speech Won’t Matter Because He’s ‘Black’

By Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 185 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto argues that there are some people for whom it does not matter what the president does or does not say; they only care about the color of his skin.   President Obama will be addressing a joint session to both houses of Congress this week. The subject will be our nation’s deeply…

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A Market for Meat and Melodies

By Thursday, August 18th, 2011 693 comments Permalink

Music is a regular feature at Conte’s Market, a butcher shop and grocery at 89th Street and York Avenue in Manhattan. MOST of the old Yorkville is long gone — the beer halls, sausage bars and other haunts that once distinguished this Upper East Side neighborhood as an outpost of old-world charm. But at Conte’s…

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A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

By Monday, August 15th, 2011 420 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto talks with the bestselling author about writing, books as movies, and the role of art in society.   Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels-including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a…

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Going Out to Eat Has Nothing to Do With the Food

By Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 67 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto’s grand dreams of a fancy birthday dinner with his best friend, Mike, end in disappointment.   I grew up with great food and really got into what I considered to be “fine dining” in my mid-20s when I made good money and had an expense account. And since that time, I’d been…

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