I’m thrilled to announce that I’m co-hosting an awesome Twitter party next Tuesday night with Bertolli.  Who doesn’t like fine Italian food?  We’ll be having a virtual progressive dinner with Chef Fabio Viviani and Colleen from Classy Mommy. 

The details are below – we’re going to have some great giveaways so please come and join!  And if you can’t join next Tuesday, be sure and enter the giveaway below!

Join Bertolli and Chef Fabio Viviani for a Virtual Italian Dinning Experience
This Tuesday, August 9 from 7 pm – 9 pm CT
Where: On Twitter, Tweet using #Bertolli and follow @Bertolli @FabioViviani @ClassyMommy and @WhitneyMWS

Giveaways: During the party, Classy Mommy and Mommies with Style will be giving away Italian culinary prizes so you can have your own Bertolli Italian Dinning Experience at home!

Here’s a list of some of the amazing prizes that will be given away:

Bertolli® Products (4 Winners)
Two Bertolli® Tasting Certificates good to redeem one free Bertolli® frozen meal each
Bottle Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Bertolli® apron

Pasta Bowl Set for Two (2 Winners)
Bertolli® Tasting Certificate
Bottle Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Set of two Square Plates and Pasta Serving Bowl

Wine Tasting Kit (2 Winners)
Bertolli® Tasting Certificate
Bottle Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Wine Carafe
Two Wine Glasses
Wine Shower Funnel

Cheese Club Kit (2 Winners)
Bertolli® Tasting Certificate
Bottle Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Monthly shipment or artisanal cheeses for three months

You can also win your own Bertolli® Italian Dinner set right now!

Mommies with Style Giveaway:  Tweet or comment below with a question about Italian food or dining that you want @FabioViviani to answer during the party. One lucky winner will receive the following:

Tasting Certificate
Espresso Machine
2 Espresso Cups and Saucers
CD of Italian music to set the mood
Wine Aerator
Cavit Wine Rebate


  1. I’d love tips on easy appetizer recip

  2. Bertolli!!!!! I love their oils and sauces…would love to win
    one of their products!!!

  3. Bertolli!!! Love their oils and sauces…would love to win!!!

  4. **Hi Fabio Viviani**
    is there a way to locate “authentic italian” or “italian style” from the more and more common prctice to slap an “italian” logo on common foods and charge more money?

  5. meredith c says

    My question to @FabioViviani is: Out of all the receipes your grandma passed down to you, which is your favorite? and what do you plan to pass on to your children?

    ill be there as @luvmy_babygio

  6. Question: What is the best way to freeze any pasta dish with any of your tomato-based sauces? And low long can they be frozen?

  7. What a fabulous giveaway! I’m a fan of both Bertolli & Fabio! I’d love to get Fabio’s advice on buying Parmesan cheese. I know it’s always best to purchase a block of Parmigiano Reggiano & grate it fresh for any pasta dish. But buying a whole block of cheese is really expensive, and I often forget to use it all up before it starts getting moldy. How long can Parmigiano Reggiano be kept in the fridge, and if I’m not going to use it all at once can some of it be frozen? Thanks!

  8. Annette D says

    I am curious about what would be an Italian desert that is easy to make an delicious?

  9. I always add a tablespoon of cooking oil to my boiling water before putting my pasta in the pot. I was told it helps the noodles to keep from sticking and someone else told me that it helps with boil over. What does the oil really do, if anything?

  10. Stephanie says

    Does adding salt to the water when making pasta really do anything? I love Bertolli and look forward to this event!

    jasperjax2003 at aol dot com

  11. creep4ward says

    Hope to see you there!
    I’m wondering if someone can explain the difference between all these kinds of olive oil. Is the expensive stuff really worth it?

  12. What are the best types of wine to use to cook a variety of Italian dishes?

  13. I’d ask for tips on cooking healthy Italian dishes!

  14. Jill Myrick says

    I would love to know what the best wine pairings are for Spaghetti, Shrimp Scallopini and Chicken Alfredo please ?


  15. Does sweeter sauce contain anything different besides the amount of sugar?
    tukibird22 AT gmail DOT com

  16. Can you tell mehow to choose the right pastas to use- is there a wrong pasta to use with a a sauce or is it basically all mix and match because my kids love different shapes

  17. What are the basic differences between the cuisine of northern verses southern Italy.

  18. How do you know what type of wine to pair with a particular dish?

  19. What is the difference between fresh mozzarella and what we buy in packages? I find the fresh has so little flavor, at least to me.


  20. Is there a way to still make delicious Italian foods (like pastas) while still being conscious of carbs?

  21. Deborah Rosen says

    I left my question on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/#!/AsTheNight/status/100552834101157888.

  22. Susan Ladd says

    I love there coffees. Thanks for the great sweep and hope to win 🙂

  23. My question to @FabioViviani is How do you know when pasta is cooked properly?
    some say when you through it against the wall and it sticks it is done..that one makes me laugh

    tweeting as @cnaes

  24. I would like tips for making sure that your pasta is perfectly “al dente”

  25. What a great idea and to have Fabio there just makes it so much better 🙂 I would like to ask Fabio – how can you make traditional Italian dishes lighter? I love the food but not the calories. What would you use as a substitute for when a recipe calls for butter? cream? and you know all the fattening stuff that most of us just dont need? Thank you! ox ox ox

  26. jeannine m says

    I would love tips on how to jazz up pasta more. @mellanhead

  27. What exactly is Pink Sauce?

  28. I’ve heard that pasta, such as spaghetti is done when you can throw a piece of it against a wall, and it sticks? What is the BEST way to tell when pasta is done? Thanks!

  29. Samantha Lewis says

    What would be the best way to cook fettecine noodles so they’re cooked evenly and don’t stick together?

    • Samantha – just had to comment and say great question! My noodles always stick despite the tricks I use so I’ll try and get him to answer this question, it’s a good one!

  30. Excited about the Twitter Party! I tweeted my question for Fabio
    username: AshBG

  31. Andrew Dailey says

    My wife makes a wonderful lasagna. Sometimes though
    when we serve it, it falls apart on the plate. How do you prevent this? By the way the sauce she uses is by Bertolli.

  32. When boiling pasta, are there different amounts of time for different pasta to be boiled or all they basically all the same cooking time?

    Im excited to join the party…@xxkimhcxx

  33. Monique Rizzo says

    Is there a good italian dessert that can be served with any italian meal? Like a universal dessert.
    Thanks for the chance.

  34. Diane Baum says

    What do you think of whole wheat pasta?

  35. Kathleen Conner says

    What is the difference in the process of making gelato versus ice cream? Also, does he think that it’s hard to make gelato at home? (Can we use an American ice-cream maker? Thanks!

  36. When making Lasagna should I make sure the noodles are cooked completely before layering, or is it okay to leave them hard a little?

  37. I am a big fan of Chef Fabio, who is a great cook and a charming guy.

    I’d like to know how to make an authentic Italian dessert using chocolate.

  38. I love Tiramisu but I want tofind a light dessert for summer any suggestions?

  39. Colleen S says

    I live in a small town, when I ask my grocer where the prosciutto is they just say “gesundheit!”. Whats a good substitute?

  40. What would be the best dish to order and a dining restaurant?
    ericka082 AT gmail DOT com

  41. JohnCharles Billiris says

    I’d like to better understand how to what kind of cheese to use in cooking. When is it better to use a hard cheese like asiago, instead of a softer cheese like fontina?

  42. what’s the secret to great tomato sauce?

  43. What is the best wine to pair with italian seafood dishes?

  44. tracy davis says

    I left my question on Twitter here:


  45. How can you tell a good white wine?

  46. kayla kelley says

    I love your food!! I would love to win!

  47. flared0ne says

    Many “ethnic” identities revolve around food-stuffs which are uniquely available, or at least uniquely evolved, in some cases making a virtue out of using what IS available when there are limited alternatives to meet nutritional requirements… For example, some chinese soups demonstrate what can be done with almost NO edible food-stuffs available. What would you consider to be a uniquely Italian example of “this was what we had, so we figured out how to eat it”??

  48. flared0ne says

    What would you consider to be a uniquely Italian example of “this is all that we had available to cook with, so this is how we used it in meals”? In the same sense that some chinese soups are an example of having almost no edible foodstuffs available at all — or that a huge reason chili peppers are common in Mexican food is because of their vitamin content…

  49. flared0ne says

    Ooops, sorry — I couldn’t see that my first question had posted, so I tried again.

    Can someone delete this and one or the other of the above comments, please??!

    (be selective — leave the better question!)

  50. Debbie Rh. says

    I was wondering: I really don’t care for red wine except to cook with; I am more of a white wine kind of girl. Is there a white wine that goes with most Italian meals? I am not very wine-savvy. Thank you for your answer :o)))


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