Chicken Cutlet and Potatoes Cook-off, Italian Recipes – Gianni’s North Beach



Gianni does a little friendly chicken cutlet and potatoes battle with food author Mark Leslie, who was in town to promote his book, "Beyond the Pasta", which describes the time he spent living with a family in Viterbo, northwest of Rome. Mornings he was in the kitchen with "Nonna" the grandmother, helping to prepare the family meals each day.

This is an experience I can relate to, so we decided to both cook chicken cutlets with a potato contorni as a side. Mark's are Nonna's Lazio recipes. Mine are my Mom's chicken cutlet and potato croquette, as they are still served in her birth village of Mirabella Eclano in Campania.

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  1. William Torio February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Gianni, can’t thank you enough for taking me back to the best times of my
    life! My Nona passed back in 1969 (Long Island, New York) and I swore from
    that day on I would never find anyone that could ever cook like her. I was
    wrong! I can almost taste your cooking and it reminds me of the ways she
    cooked as well. Thanks for the memories, and please keep your recipes
    coming!

  2. Anthony Porta February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Ciao Gianni, my name is Anthony Porta, a 2nd generation Italian american.
    Grew up in Hoboken NJ moved away for Grad school. My Nona lives in NJ and,
    man, how I miss her food, endless love, and cultural traditions. Having a
    lot of Americaanns and essentially No Pazions where I am– Thank You, Your
    food brings me back home to a very happy place, and that is; grandmas
    cuccina. 

  3. Cefims Soas February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    La dolce vita

  4. jarrvia00 February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Awesome. . Thanks! 

  5. Perfect2257 February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    who would dislike this treasures of Italian food c’mon

  6. GARLIC ! February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Gianni won all the way

  7. sunshine2049 February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I cannot master the art of getting my chicken cullets paper thin and
    symmetrical. how did Mark achieve this?

  8. Tom Batstone February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I’m sure that Mark is a nice guy. But Gianni’s kung fu is better. Those
    potatoes rock. Try Gianni’s risotto balls with mozzarella cubes. The best
    EVER! 

  9. terrikelly1970 February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    lol …. i hope not…. J0k3r4U the potatoe will take longer doll … i’m
    irish huni … i shud know .. 🙂 ask gianni .. he may agree with me . x x

  10. Gianni North Beach February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    @boneyardcircus Glad you liked the recipes. Sorry for the late reply.
    Family Easter celebrations kept me occupied. Yes, Mark coated the cutlets
    with some EVOO before breading. No oil in the pan.

  11. Gianni North Beach February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Ciao. You got me. Who knows what goes on in a cook’s mind? I cooked my
    cutlets first.

  12. Giosa Borgia February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    We italians have the best food in the world

  13. terrikelly1970 February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Ok gianni ,,, why didnt mark make the spuds first and then the chicken ??
    doesnt make a difference but would have made sense ,,No ??? 🙂 x

  14. pacob3ll February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This is what cooking is all about. Just having fun with your friends and
    eating something different than usual. Great video’s Gianni!

  15. terrikelly1970 February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    off course u cooked ur cutlets first .. cause ur 2 cute … 🙂 what about
    my question on the sunday gravy ….could u give me the name of the sausage
    so i can get from my guy in dublin …please .. i want 2 be autenthic ..ur
    a legend gianni . x x

  16. Shaun Hilario February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    gianni, to clarify, mark didn’t put olive oil in the pan to cook his
    chicken right? great recipes from the both of you!

  17. J0k3r4U February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Cutlets would take longer to cook,no?

  18. Gianni North Beach February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Ciao tutte. You’re both right. The cutlets and the croquette take about the
    same time to fry. But, the potatoes have to be boiled first so they do take
    longer to make from start to finish.

  19. J0k3r4U February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I’m not that “seasoned” a cook. Forgive me 🙁 (pun intended^)

  20. J0k3r4U February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Haha all good, it’s ok, I know I was outmatched, I’m not nearly as
    experienced a cook as many people on here I’m sure… Thanx for responding
    man! I’m a HUGE fan! 😀

  21. theresa bollman February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    They both look amazing…it must be my bloodlines though, I am dying to
    have some of Gianni’s dish right now!

  22. oCjLn February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    sometimes simplicity is the key 😉 looking great.