Mike Riccetti is a Houston-based food writer who has written three editions of the popular guidebook, Houston Dining on the Cheap - A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in Houston. For a few years, until the position was eliminated, he was been the local editor of the Zagat Survey, and has been a significant contributor to other guidebooks. He is also the co-author of The Guide to Ridiculously Easy Entertaining. A longtime Houstonian, he has degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, and blogs regularly about dining and imbibing in one of the country's great restaurant cites, Houston, at his eponymously named website at MikeRiccetti/blog.
From the Antipasto to the Zabaglione tells the story of Italian restaurants in America. There is certainly more to Italian food in this country than what is found in its Italian-themed restaurants. But, it is an appealing tale in its own right, and one that has not yet been fully told. This fairly concise tome follows the food of the early immigrants to the diverse range of Italian eateries today.