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Ferrara: The Italian town with Renaissance food on the menu

(CNN) — The signs of the Renaissance are everywhere in Italy.

Grand piazzas and palazzos. Metal-spiked doors. Looming archways. And, of course, all that ever-present art in the churches and galleries.

But in one city, you also get a taste of the Renaissance every time you enter a restaurant.

Ferrara, in the northern region of Emilia Romagna, was once home to the Estense court, or House of Este, which ruled the city from the 13th to the 18th centuries.

The court, on the bank of the River Po, was one of the most formidable cultural powers during the Renaissance. Writers including Boiardo, Ariosto and Torquato Tasso were employed by the court, and artists such as Bellini, Mantegna and Piero della Francesco worked for the Este family in their domineering, moat-surrounded castle in the center of town.

Their works have survived the centuries — but so have those of Cristoforo

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Family recipes key part of Abbiocco’s menu | Food and Wine

Rose Brutico Fazio opened Abbiocco with a passion for cooking and a collection of family recipes — some more than a century old.

She began welcoming diners to the eatery at 639 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, in May 2016 and continues to serve Italian-American dishes such as Chicken Francaise, Homemade Eggplant Parmigiana and Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi. Abbiocco also has a pet-friendly patio and dog menu for its four-legged guests.

Chef’s Table recently chatted with Fazio about her love of cooking and how she shares it with her customers.

Q: What is the history of the restaurant?

A: Cooking to me is a passion. Cooking in my family is a way of life. Both of my grandfathers owned restaurants in Old Forge and Scranton, so I think it was my destiny. Growing up in an Italian family meant there was always something simmering on the stove any time of the day.

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Choose Super Bowl menu from nation’s best restaurants

The NFL Super Bowl may not be as special to LA Rams fans as it might have been if the Rams had gotten past the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Rams may not have a direct interest in the outcome in the game, that’s no reason not to go cheap on the Super Bowl tailgating party.

And Los Angeles is the place to be for the best eats in America. That’s not just our opinion but is the latest article from Bookies.com: Best Place to Eat in Every NFL City.  Nothing is quite as enjoyable as fine dining and football. It’s a marriage of senses, the smell, touch, and taste of great dishes, blending with the sights and sounds of the two best teams in the NFL in a winner-take-all outcome.

So what did we find in the article? Well, for starters, the City

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Insurers add food to coverage menu as way to improve health | Health

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat?

Oscar Health wanted to know if people had adequate food for the next couple weeks and how they planned to stay stocked up while hunkering down at home.

“We’ve seen time and again, the lack of good and nutritional food causes members to get readmitted” to hospitals, Oscar executive Ananth Lalithakumar said.

Food has become a bigger focus for health insurers as they look to expand their coverage beyond just the care that happens in a doctor’s office. More plans are paying for temporary meal deliveries and some are teaching people how to cook and eat healthier foods.

Benefits experts say insurers and policymakers are growing used to treating food as a form of medicine that can help patients reduce blood sugar or blood pressure levels and stay

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