About

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.

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

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

By Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 no 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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ISOLA SANTA CRISTINA

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    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

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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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Forget the Wings: This Year, Make a Rib Roast For the Super Bowl

By Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 no comments Permalink

It takes a certain kind of confidence to give yourself an honorary doctorate, but after 15 years of barbecue cookoffs as a hobbyist, Ray Lampe earned the title of Dr. BBQ. He even looks the part: a badass Colonel Sanders type, with squared-off beard and spikey hair (think of Guy Fieri’s really cool uncle). In 2000, after…

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A Less Intimidating Feast of the Seven Fishes

By Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 no comments Permalink

Credit: Josephine Estelle (New Orleans) “The Feast of Seven Fishes” is among the many Italian culinary customs and traditions that immigrated from the Old World and have remained relevant in modern America. While the meal takes place officially on Christmas Eve, certain Italian-inspired restaurants around the country offer it up at various times this month….

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