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

Day Drinking in Brooklyn’s Most Authentic Irish Bars With Author Eamon Loingsigh

By Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 44 comments Permalink

Author Eamon Loingsigh knows his New York City watering holes. His great-grandfather, an immigrant from County Clare, was the proprietor of Lynch’s Tavern, a longshoreman’s saloon at 463 Hudson Street that stayed in (and occasionally out) of the family’s ownership for the first 70 years of the 20th century. Young Eamon, born around the time…

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Spaghetti Pie: The Answer to Leftover Pasta

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Pasta comes in one-pound boxes, and most recipes are tailored to this metric. So, people cooking at home often end up making pasta for four (what a pound usually yields) even if, you know, it’s only dinner for two. Leftover pasta is generally not great, but it can be redeemed through what is affectionately known…

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California Grilling: How to Make the Perfect Tri-Tip Steak

By Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 31 comments Permalink

The people of the central California coast like to cook out. A lot. It makes sense considering the weather conditions, which support vibrant local farms, cattle ranches and vineyards while also allowing for eating outside year round. Central Coast barbecues look a little different than those in other parts of the country. Of course, local…

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By Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 123 comments Permalink

    Have you been here? We need your help to tell other travelers about this place. Share your experiences, tips, and stories. Leave a note for the next Traveler. LEAVE A NOTE…   Isola Santa Cristina, one of the largest of some 70 islands in the Venetian lagoon, was until recently the private escape…

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Perfect Puttanesca: The Italian Pasta Recipe You Need Right Now

By Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 195 comments Permalink

The infamous theory behind the origins of pasta puttanesca (“pasta of the whores”) is that the mid-20th century prostitutes of Naples used it to lure men — through its pungent and enticing aroma — into their brothels, a la dogs in cartoons hypnotized by the scent of juicy steaks. This Italiophile doesn’t buy it. Too,…

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