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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"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.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, October 24th: AUTENTICO release date! Available wherever books are sold.
  • Friday, November 3rd: Aperitivo and Dinner at The American Hotel with Harbor Books, Sag Harbor, NY. Click for details!
  • Saturday, November 4th: Book Signing followed by lunch at The American Hotel, Sag Harbor, NY. Click for details!
  • Wednesday, November 8th: Autentico and Olio Nuovo Dinner featuring Tenuta di Capezzana at Al Forno, Providence, RI. Click for details!
  • Saturday, December 2nd: Book signing at Market Hall Foods College Ave, Oakland, CA. RSVP for bonus gift!
  • Saturday, December 2nd: Autentico dinner at A16 Rockridge, Oakland, CA. Click for details!
  • Tuesday, December 5th: Book signing and product tasting at Rainbow Grocery, San Francisco, CA
  • Wednesday, December 6th: Book sigining, and tasting at The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Click for details!
  • Saturday, December 9th: Book signing and olio nuovo tasting at Monsieur Marcel, Farmers Market, Los Angeles, CA. Click for details!
  • Sunday, December 10th: Autentico Lunch at Chi Spacca, Los Angeles, CA. Buy your ticket!
  • Tuesday, December 12th: AUTENTICO Chanukah Olio Nuovo dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI. Reserve your seat!
  • Wednesday, December 13th: Book signing/tasting/interview with Ari Weinzweig at Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor, MI. Reserve a spot!
  • Thursday, January 25th: Reception and Cooking Class at Draeger's Cooking School, San Mateo, CA
  • Wednesday, January 31st: Reception and Cooking Class at Draeger's Cooking School, Blackhawk, CA
  • Thursday, February 1st: Autentico Dinner at Zuni Cafe, San Francisco, CA
  • Tuesday, February 6th: Autentico Dinner at Cotogna, San Francisco, CA
  • Monday, February 19th: Cooking Class at Hot Stove Society, Seattle, WA
  • Thursday, February 22nd: Book dinner at Cafe Lago, Seattle, WA
  • Saturday, February 24th: Autentico Event at DeLaurenti's, Seattle, WA
  • Tuesday, February 27th: Autentico Dinner at Nostrana, Portland, OR

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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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