TODAY Food Editor
In this special weekly feature, TODAY food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.
THIS WEEK: Pollo Capri from Bella's Italian Cafe in Tampa, Florida
If you love mushrooms as much as we do then you'll love this simple recipe: sautéed chicken breasts topped with smoked mozzarella and three mushrooms in white wine. Not a meat eater? Don't fret; the Tre Fungi is delicious on top of pizza and assorted pastas as well. Use your imagination! Want to experiment? Try tossing in some other types of mushrooms. You'll be surprised by just how deliciously you can improvise.
About the chef:
Joanie Corneil, co-owner and executive chef of Bella’s Italian Café, is a seasoned restaurant professional. Having successfully operated two establishments in her home state of Oklahoma, Butterfield Overland Express and 63rd Street Grille, she’s traveled extensively throughout Europe garnering influences and recipes along the way.
More importantly, the time she spent in Italy allowed her to study Italian cuisine and enhance her extensive knowledge of wine selections. Currently, Corneil leads the development of new menu items and oversees all day-to-day operations at Bella’s. “Spending so much time in Italy enabled me to not only experience the culture, but to learn how and why different ingredients are used,” Corneil added. “Starting with the freshest ingredients, each entrée is prepared exactly the way it would be if you ordered it in Italy.”
Pollo Capri is served at Bella's Italian Café for $15.50. The recipe is for a serving size of two.
Bella's Italian Café
1413 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33606
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