Sharing the wisdom of what it means to make and eat an authentic Italian meal...

An insider’s glimpse into the farms and kitchens where tastemaker and Manicaretti Founder Rolando Beramendi learned to cook authentically. Includes 120 recipes and a serving of his philosophy: start with the very best pantry items, buy what is fresh and in season, and make dishes the way they are meant to be, simple and delicious.
Available October 24, 2017

AUTENTICO: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way

By Manicaretti founder, Rolando Beramendi, with a foreword by Ina Garten


A philosophy of authentic eating

For the Home Cook

Rolando’s philosophy? “If you have a great pantry, you can be a great cook!”

Start with the very best pantry items (like the artisanal Italian products sourced by Manicaretti), buy what is fresh and in season from the market, and make dishes the way they are meant to be: simple and delicious. There aren’t any shortcuts here—Rolando stays true to the traditions as taught to him by the artisan food makers and chefs who have become his extended Italian family. Go behind the scenes with Rolando, journeying to the farms and kitchens where he learned the importance of great ingredients and simplicity.

For the Professional Chef

The Italian pantry, starring the artisans behind the products

You’ll find 120 recipes for a range of authentic Italian dishes—from Fettunta col Cavolo Nero to Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe to Roast Pork Belly with Wild Fennel. In AUTENTICO, Rolando’s pantry is the main player, with producers offering wisdom about, and uses for their products—like Masseria Mirogallo Spacatelle (hand-sliced tomatoes) farmed in Basilicata, Principato di Lucedio Rice grown in the fertile Po Valley of Piemonte, and IASA hand-packed anchovies caught by night on the Amalfi Coast.

For our Specialty Retailers

A new understanding for your customers

Rolando has been sharing artisanal Italian products and culinary traditions with Manicaretti customers—specialty retailers and professional chefs—for decades. He knows, however, that it’s not always easy to translate the authentic origins and quality of these products onto the jars and boxes that make their way to the best American specialty stores and restaurants. Now, with AUTENTICO, he offers everyone an insider’s glimpse into the farming and making of many of these products, along with his philosophy and favorite recipes, in the hopes that people everywhere will learn to eat more authentically.

Advance Praise

“Rolando Beramendi has had an enormous impact on American food. The depth of his knowledge about Italian food is surpassed only by his passion, humility, sense of humor, and care for both the artisans who make the food and the people who consume it.”
Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman's, Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Rolando Beramendi brings the bounty of Italy to our tables with recipes that celebrate the vibrant ingredients and fresh flavors of his home country. A true talent in the kitchen, Rolando tantalizes us with everything from vegetable-friendly contorni to fruit-forward, rustic desserts. AUTENTICO is bellissimo!"
David Lebovitz, author of L'appart and My Paris Kitchen
"Rolando Beramendi has an unrivaled passion for the Italian food he sells. With unbridled and infectious joy, Rolando speaks of its history, explains how to use it, even how to eat it. Cooks and diners alike in America owe Rolando a debt of gratitude."
Nancy Silverton, chef/co-owner Mozza Restaurant Group

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ROLANDO BERAMENDI

"Eat and be authentic."

“I’ve been sharing Italian products and culinary traditions with our Manicaretti customers for decades. Now with AUTENTICO, I'm able to share my experiences in the farms and kitchens of my extended Italian family, and offer a philosophy of eating and my favorite recipes to everyone.”

—Rolando Beramendi, Manicaretti Founder

Rolando Beramendi is the founder of the Italian fine food importer Manicaretti and a frequent winner of Specialty Food Show awards. Truly a “chef’s chef,” his products, cooking classes, and culinary expertise have been praised by luminaries such as Ina Garten, Alice Waters, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Nancy Silverton, and many more. He splits his time between New York, San Francisco, and his home in Florence.

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Manicaretti is an importer and wholesaler of fine Italian foods to retailers and restaurants. In 1988, Rolando Beramendi founded Manicaretti (the Italian word for little delicacies or treats) to bring products from Italy's finest regional artisan producers to the United States.

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