Osteria Papavero, lovingly known as the "Italian shack" in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, has welcomed guests into a warm, sunny space on East Wilson Street since 2006. Specials change daily to meet what's most in season, and the curiosity of a thoughtful, passionate chef.
Papavero chef and owner Francesco Mangano grew up in Bologna. The menu in his restaurant combines recipes he loved in northern Italy, years of study in professional kitchens and at the University of Siena, and the wealth of a farmers' market just steps from the restaurant's door. Mangano believes in tradition and classic, rustic flavors. He has a deep commitment never to waste, a humble approach to his work and respect for his ingredients and staff.
In this book, Mangano shares more than 40 of his favorite recipes, adapted for and tested by home cooks. From panzanella and pappa al pomodoro to carrot ginger soup and Papavero's famous butterscotch pudding, the Osteria Papavero Cookbook invites you inside the Italian shack-and beyond.