Tracy Hill of Charlotte writes: I know Portofinos Italian Restaurant is technically a chain restaurant, but my husband and I love their food. I am looking for a copycat recipe for their cannelloni and so far cannot find one. Any ideas?
Making cannelloni is second nature for Portofinos Giovanni Looz. So the tricky part of getting this recipe was mining Loozs memory for those nuggets that make the recipe special.
For instance, Looz started out by giving me a recipe of basic ingredients tomatoes, ground beef, ricotta, etc. I had to prod him a little more to get specific quantities.
Then I prodded him a little more until I extracted those little nuances, such as simmering the ground beef in pinot grigio just until the liquid is nearly evaporated.
Once everything comes together, you end up with a homey dish that you might make again and again, like Looz, until it becomes instinctive to you.
Robin Domeier is owner of Nibbles Personal Chef.
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