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Italian New Year

Ring in the New Year Sopranos-style -- with one serious Italian feast.
Rachael Ray New Year party

John and I usually wrap up our New Year's activities at 12:02 a.m. But not this year: Musician and Sopranos star Steven Van Zandt and his wife, Maureen, have invited us to a party at their brother-in-law's Italian restaurant, La Pastaria, in New Jersey. Man, does this gang know how to eat! Owners Philip Angelo and his mother, Emanuela, keep the food coming -- seafood salad, cannelloni, racks of lamb, cheesecake -- while John talks shop with Steven about his radio show and I quiz Emanuela about her recipes. Plus, we all get to celebrate Maureen and Steven's wedding anniversary. Talk about a rockin' New Year's Eve!

Italian food platter
Sliver New Year's Hat
tips + how-tos
New Year's Eve blower
Multi color beed necklace


How to Serve Antipasto

Every Italian feast starts with antipasto -- literally "before the meal." Make your own spread using sliced Italian meat and cheese (don't forget the fresh mozzarella!) and marinated vegetables such as red peppers and mushrooms. Top it all off La Pastaria-style, with a few canned anchovies.

Little Steven's New Year's Mix

1. Them - I Can Only Give You Everything
2. The Music Machine - Talk Talk
3. Major Lance - The Monkey Time
4. The Knickerbockers - One Track Mind
5. The Beatles - Boys
6. Pretty Things - Midnight to Six Man
7. Paul Revere & the Raiders - Just Like Me
8. Nancy Sinatra - Tony Rome
9. Eddie Cochran - Somethin' Else
10. The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
11. Raspberries - Tonight
12. The Swinging Blue Jeans - Hippy Hippy Shake
13. Ramones - Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
14. The Easybeats - Friday on My Mind
15. Freddy Cannon - Palisades Park
16. Dave Clark Five - Anyway You Want It
17. Billie Holiday - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
18. The Rolling Stones - Around and Around
19. Them - Gloria