Lidia on olives in Italy

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Olives are produced in just about every region in Italy and consequently, many Italian dishes use olives as an ingredient. Lidia Bastianich prefers to use olives that aren’t pitted. Hear why. Then, check out her new cookbook Lida Cooks from the Heart of Ital where you’ll find some wonderful recipes that feature olives from all over Italy.



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