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

The Beginning

By Monday, January 31st, 2011 30 comments Permalink

In September of 2003, my wife and I and our infant daughter had a trip planned to Italy. We’d arranged to stay in a refurbished barn, behind a villa in the hills south of Florence. A rental car, complete with child seat, was reserved. I’d read books on Tuscany and beyond. I’d studied some Italian….

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Complaint Box | Obscenities

By Friday, January 28th, 2011 235 comments Permalink

P. C. Vey Complaint Box Got a Gripe? Get a grip. Send your rant — no more than 500 words, please — to: metropolitan@nytimes.com. As a student and a teacher of language, I appreciate curses and other vulgarities: they can add color and emphasis to our vernacular. But like all stylistic flourishes, the audience has…

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Italy’s ultimate answer to bacon: Guanciale

By Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 66 comments Permalink

Bucatini all’amatriciana A recent year in Italy taught me that the pig is the king of its gastronomic jungle. Italians heart hogs. They prepare every imaginable part in every imaginable manner: cured and roasted and braised, even slow-poached in olive oil. One terrifying morning, in the back of a butcher shop, I ate it raw,…

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Finding Julian

By Friday, September 10th, 2010 259 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto loses his son in a museum—and finds a new approach to being a good dad.   Upon hearing that our second child would be a boy, I walked out of the doctor’s office, crossed 8th Avenue, and stepped into a Mexican restaurant to drink something with tequila in it. Then I drank…

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They’re Stealing My Sky

By Friday, March 12th, 2010 359 comments Permalink

Mark Lennihan/Associated Press The skyline grows in Brooklyn. Complaint Box Fit to Be Tied? Send tales of ire and indignation — no more than 500 words, please — to: metropolitan@nytimes.com. We left Manhattan for Brooklyn in 1997. Even then, before it was the rage, it felt like a destination. We kept track of all the…

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