Cheftini Magazine


I am Tina DiLeo a New York based food blogger devoted to the passed-down traditions of Italian family cooking. My training began as a child at the institute of my “Italian Mama”, where recipes were measured by a “pinch” of this or a “handful” of that. At mother’s side , I learned that the most important ingredient in any dish is love. Cook with Love and your meals will always taste magical!

Inside I hope you will find  inspiration from the recipes, tips and tricks that I have been using for years. Consider this and extension of my blog My goal is to help take the stress out of mealtime by sharing my favorite recipes, kitchen tools as well to spotlight some of my favorite bloggers.

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Ricotta Zeppole

Ricotta Zeppole

Growing up one of  my most favorite treats was fried dough with powdered sugar - known by most as Zeppole.   Another name my family used for them was "pettole".  It's what they call Zeppole in the Italian region of Puglia, or at least in my Grandmother's town in Bari....

Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls

Hey foodie fam, I am back with some new recipes. I know it's been a little while since I have had a recipe to post but the last 4 months have been such an emotional roller coaster. I either need to invest into some Kleenex stock, a good therapist or both!  Between my...