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John P. Muccio, Executive Chef of Mama Jo's

Chef John Muccio hails from New York City and New Jersey and remembers "chopping vegetables" for his mom at the tender age of 5. After spending 7 years at Ferraro's on West Flamingo, he took a break for quality time with his young family. He landed his current gig at Mama Jo's a few months ago and has immediately gained a devoted following. John and Mama Jo's specializes in pastas and daily chef's specials. Do try John's recipe for Penne Pesto at home:

    1 1/2 C of firmly packed basil leaves
    1/2 C of toasted pine nuts
    4-5 cloves of garlic
    1 C grated Parmesan cheese
    1 T of cream cheese (preferably Mascarpone)
    1 C of olive oil
    1 package of penne pasta

Toast pine nuts in skillet or under broiler. Combine and process all ingredients (except pasta and oil) until smooth in a food processor. Slowly pour in olive oil while processing...

Cook penne to package direction and later toss into a skillet with finished pesto sauce. You may add roasted chicken, diced tomatoes or mushrooms.

 


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