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 would like to know if I should put oil in the water while my pasta cooks or on the pasta after it is done.

  2. I want to know what wines I should use with my pasta.

  3. I love Italian food, but would love to know if there is a low calorie way of eating it so I don’t have to feel guilty.


  4. I would ask for ways to make American Italian food more authentically Italian. What are some traditional Italian ingredients and cooking styles that are largely missing from mainstream American Italian fare?

  5. What are some ways to make low fat Italian meals?

  6. Are there any general rules for wine that are easy to remember? Red with these foods and white with those, etc.

  7. Should meatballs be added to the sauce during cooking, or are they to be added to the top of the dish when serving?

  8. @accordingtodee says

    I would love to know what are some of his favorite cheeses to cook with? Thanks!

  9. What are the best Italian dishes to serve to low carbing friends?

  10. I have another question for Fabio – this one is from my Mother ( who by the way is pretty good in the kitchen). She wanted me to ask you a question about how to season tomato sauce. She uses Fresh Basil & Italian seasoning but wants to know what would you recommend? Also, when making meatballs – do you use Parmesan cheese or Romano cheese? Thank you – you’re the best Fabio ;-)oxoxox

  11. How long should you cook your pasta for the perfect texture?

  12. What is your favorite dish to cook?

  13. I would like to know ….what is the difference between regular Olive oil, Virgin Olive oil, and Extra Virgin Olive oil.

    @zebastyandylan 🙂

  14. What are the best vegetables to pair with pasta? Are there any vegetables that are not good for cooking and adding to pasta?

  15. susan smoaks says

    what italian dish can be prepared when i only have thirty minutes to get it done?

  16. My question would be, Is it really wrong to rinse pasta before adding the sauce?


  17. Mya Brooks says

    wine and cheese pairings!!!

  18. Do you have a wine recommendation for spicy Italian food?


  19. I would love to know….is there a way to make whole grain pasta seem a little less grainy and more smooth and tender? Thanks @FabioViviani!


  20. Tiffany Noell says

    Whats the best cheese for cold pasta?

  21. What are the most vital spices you never leave out when you make spaghetti sauce?

  22. Jennifer J says

    What are the most authentic Italian ingredients I should have on hand at home?

  23. Hadlee Goldberg says

    I want to know how to prepare dishes at home that are prepared in a broiler or pizza over with the normal appliances we have at home. I can’t get the same using my broiler in my over and miss the crispness of the breading or cheese broil on baked dishes.

  24. Alison T. says

    I would like to ask for an easy Italian recipe that I can make fast and that is kid friendly. Are there any out there?

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

  25. Erica Best says

    i would love to know a list of a mild wine that great with pasta and red sauce.

  26. Kat Emerick says

    What is the best cheese to serve with pasta?

  27. @FabioViviani, what is your #1 spice to use in Italian food? I love to use fennel, and a lot of people don’t, do you?

  28. Amanda ODair (@beeacutie2) says

    I would love to know would you rather cook with whole gain paste or wheat paste and why? @beeacutie2

  29. Kristen M says

    I would love to know what wine would go best with pesto. Also, does authentic Italian food use as much cheese as the Americanized versions?

  30. We are trying to eat healthier, so my question is how can I make whole grain pasta taste better? Do I use more spices, or what?

  31. Looking forward to the chat. @teardrop4emr Here is my question:

    What protein is most versitile when it comes to Italian cooking?

  32. Are there different types of olive oil? What should I look for when buying olive oil?

  33. What cheese is the best with clam sauce

  34. kathleen e says

    How many olives does it take to make a bottle of olive oil?

  35. I’d love to some great high fiber low fat recipes

  36. What’s the best way to cook meatballs? Fried, baked, or in the sauce?

  37. I’m in the chat participating but will ask Fabio where the best Italian restaurant is in LA. I bet he will name his own! (never been to either)

  38. I’d love to know if you should put the fresh basil in at the last moment of a sauce, or add it in during cooking!? Thanks!


  39. I’m trying to use more whole grain pasta in my meals, in order to provide a healthier, fiber-rich meal experience for my family. But I understand that some sauces don’t hold up as well to the graininess of a whole grain pasta. Are there sauces that you believe are better for whole grain pasta? Or sauces I should keep to the regular kind?

  40. I’d love some low fat, high fiber recipes using Bertolli products. Also, what wine is best with Bertolli Arrabiatta sauce? I want a wine that fits well with the spice! @DinaJ on Twitter

  41. I would love a quick, simple Italian recipe for when I’m short on time.

  42. Tracie Trump says

    What is the best wine and cheese pairing for pork?

  43. is there such thing as guilt-free lasagna? Lol!

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