Recipe: Ciao Aroma Parmesan Crisps




1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.

3. Take a pinch (about 1 TBSP) of cheese and place it on the cookie sheet. Placement is the same as you would do for cookies.

4. After you place cheese piles on cookie sheet, sprinkle Aroma seasoning on each pile—use as much as you like.

5. Place in oven and bake Parmesan for about 10–12 minutes or until golden.

6. Remove cookie sheet from oven. Take parchment paper off cookie sheet and place on countertop and let it cool.

7. Once cooled, remove cheese crisps and place on a plate.

8. If you would like to prepare these for the next day, once cooled place in an air tight container single row at room temperature.



Personality Profile: Dino Sciulli

photoIn this month’s profile of Italian-Americans, we recently chatted with former Pittsburgher, Dino Sciulli, 40, who owns a barbershop in Baja California, Mexico.

First, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, and what you do for a living? I grew up in the south Oakland area of Pittsburgh. My mother and father’s heritage goes back to a small town in the Abruzzo region of Italy called Gamberale. My father’s parents immigrated before my mother’s parents did. My dad was born in Pittsburgh and my mom came over in 1959. I currently live in Baja California, Mexico. I own a Barbershop and have been a licensed professional for over twenty years.

What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your career? The most rewarding part of my career is serving people and helping them look and feel good.

What are some of your favorite Italian traditions and why? I loved the wedding cookies that my folks would bring home after weddings. The food that comes with being Italian is my favorite tradition. It’s all about the food… and family! 

What does being Italian mean to you? Being Italian is to be hard working and respectful. 

What accomplishments in life are you most proud of? I am proud to have opened my barbershop. It’s been a twenty year dream for me. I am proud that I stuck with it. Who knows how long it will last, but at least I went for it!

What are some of your favorite hobbies? I enjoy surfing and trying new recipes, especially Italian recipes. 

Who in your life has inspired you the most? My fiancé Lupe



Ciao Aroma Fried Bocconcini



  • 12 fresh mozzarella balls (small)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of flour or enought to coat each one
  • 1/2 Italian bread crumbs seasoned
  • 1/4 tsp Aroma seasoning


1. In a bowl crack one whole egg.

2. Add Aroma seasoning in bow and begin to mix. 

3. Coat mozzarella balls with flour, then coat mozzarella ball with egg mixture and final step coat with Italian seasoned bred crumbs.

4. Do this step until all mozzarella balls are coated.  

5. Fry all mozzarella balls into a deep fryer or fry them on the stove. Fry until they turn golden brown. 

6. Serve with favorite sauce.

Mangia Amici!




He’ll Make a Great Father Because He Puts Up With You

PB pie (2)A tribute to my husband on Father’s Day

“I’m not getting any younger, I would like to see you getting married before I die……..”

These very words were uttered to me by my grandmother on my 27th birthday. She said some other things as well, but I honestly can’t remember what they were.  It was this sentence that stuck in my mind.

Italian woman generally don’t mince words and this was clearly the case here.

My grandmother was slightly concerned about her eldest granddaughter. In her eyes, she had something to worry about. I was getting older, I wasn’t married and I was in this thing called “Graduate School”.

She asked me, “but you just finished college, why are you going back for more….aren’t you going to get married soon like your older brother”.

Oh there it was, the one statement that my grandmother was holding over my head. It was brought down upon me like gavel on judgment day. My grandmother didn’t even flinch when she made this statement, she just looked at me and smiled.

When I tell you that Italian Grandmothers are tough- I really mean it.  This was my grandmother’s version pep talk, her way of telling me that she loved me and wanted to see me happy. [Read more…]



Ciao Aroma Tuna Patties

Tuna Recipe


  • 2 cans of tuna in water, drained
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of dry oats
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tbsp Aroma seasoning
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 4-6 Arugula leaves
  • 1- tbsp shredded cheese per patty – your choice


1. Add 2 cans of drained tuna into mixing bowl. Shred the tuna with fork until tuna is consistently shredded. Once tuna is shredded add 2 eggs, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp of dried minced onion and 1 tbsp Aroma.

2. Take 1/2 cup of hot water and add it to the dry oats. Mix it together until oats are soft. Once oats are soft, add it to the mixing bowl with all the other ingredients.

3. Mix all ingredients together until you get a consistent looking batter. Now take a pan add a light coat of olive oil to pan and add batter like you would for pancakes. Cook until both sides are crispy. Add shredded cheese to each patty 1 minute before you pull patties out or until cheese melts.

4. Once cheese is melted add patties to plate and top off with tomato halves and arugula.