For Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, stars of Extra Virgin and authors of the cookbook Super Tuscan, Hanukkah is a time to teach their daughters about their Italian-Jewish heritage in the most delicious way.
debi mazar gabrielle corcos family meal hanukkah
Photography by Melanie Acevedo
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Forget latkes. When Hanukkah rolls around,  TV personality and cookbook author Gabriele  Corcos craves fried chicken. But this isn't  some random hankering: Gabriele was raised  in Florence, Italy, where fried chicken is a classic  Hanukkah dish. 

To keep the tradition alive at home  in Brooklyn, he heats up some oil and cooks for his  wife, the actress Debi Mazar, and their daughters,  Evelina, 15, and Giulia, 11. (Giulia likes being her dad's  sous chef.) Gabriele uses his grandmother's recipe,  which he and his father perfected by marinating the  meat in a Tuscan blend of rosemary, thyme, lemon,  and garlic. "My dad didn't cook much," says Gabriele.  "But he loved to fry stuff." 

Debi didn't grow up  celebrating Hanukkah, but she can get behind this  tradition. "For me, there's nothing more wonderful  than sharing a meal together as a family," she says. "And everybody loves fried chicken!"

making fried chicken
Gabriele Corcos and his daughter Giulia team up to bread the bird.
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Tuscan Fried Chicken

fried chicken and salad
An herb-infused marinade gives this chicken its Tuscan flavor.
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"When we're in Italy for Hanukkah, my husband lights a 600-year-old Menorah," says Debi Mazar. "When we're home in Brooklyn, we eat chicken."

Baby Greens with Grapefruit & Mint

Baby Greens with Grapefruit & Mint
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