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Not 'stuffed', as many assume. Most Italian stews are are rather simple, with few ingredients:

stufato alla sangiovannese: veal shank with red wine, nutmeg, lemon peel

stufato alla fiamminga: 'Flemish' stew, really a pot roast: beef cooked in beer

stufato alla fiorentina: beef stewed with red wine, garlic and rosemary.

Many stufati are foreign recipes, and many go under other names such as spezzatino or stracotto.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Franco Dal Molin