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Tom enjoying "street pizza" in Little Italy, New York City

Since 1973, Linda’s husband, Tom, has been Linda’s biggest fan and greatest critic. An avid cyclist, he loves the Carbs! Here he shares his current list of favorites:

Tom’s Bada Bing Bada Boom

Spaghetti Carbonara

Pizza with Arugula, Sausage, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Spiedies ( an upstate New York/Italian specialty)

Bracco Amarone

Orecchiette with Shrimp and Peas

Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli with Linda’s Tomato Composta

Linguine with Calamari Sauce

Pasta e Fagioli

Linda’s Limoncello Cake

So what’s a “Tom’s Bada Bing Bada Boom?”

3 oz. Grey Goose Vodka – chilled a few hours in the freezer
A Quick Mention of Vermouth – whispered preferably
LOTS of crushed ice
2 of the largest Green Olives, you can find, rinsed and stuffed with Gorgonzola Piccante –  then skewered on toothpick

Makes One Drink

Chill martini glasses in freezer a couple of hours before using.
Pour vodka into cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice. SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE! COLD!COLD! COLD!
Re: Vermouth – Tom thinks setting the bottle of Vermouth next to the cocktail shaker is more than the attention it deserves. Strain into chilled glasses letting just a few of the slivered ice chips slip through. Pop in the skewered olives with Gorgonzola.

Enjoyed best by Tom al fresco on the patio!

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  1. I had the pleasure of sampling a variety of Pizza from the grill combinations
    made following Lind’s recipes. It was fun because each gues created their own “Custom ” pizza using the ingredients suggested by Linda’s Italian Table .
    I can not pick my favorite. A little wood added to the fire gave each pizza that special flavor that can not be duplicated in an oven.

    • Peggy – creating one’s own pizza is always fun and brings out the “artist-chef” in the creator. So happy that you had fun with this.


  1. […] Pizza is not just the “Saturday Night Special” anymore, making its way into even the most sophisticated of cocktail menus. It happens to be one of my favorite cocktail appetizers when cut in little squares with endless imaginative toppings from mushrooms to salmon and caviar. Pizza, as an appetizer, is a great accompaniment to drinks, especially the MARTINI served “Dry as dust” as Nora Roberts wrote in “Morrigan’s Cross”, and in particular – my personal choice, Tom’s Bada Bing Bada Boom! Click here for recipe […]