Celebrating Thanksgiving With A Chef

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Turkey on a platter with sausage, beans, grapes and pecan pie.

The holidays are the time of year when everyone is a little cheerier, closer to family and filled to the brim with delicious food. Celebrity chef and chef/partner at Prova Pizzabar Donatella Arpaia, is just as excited as the rest of us to celebrate the holidays. Her favorite parts? Family, friends, and of course, the food.

Donatella Arpaia

“I love gathering together as a family, and life slowing down just for the day, where we come together to savor food and our many blessings,” she said. “Being in a place of gratitude with family and friends is what it is all about.”

Like every chef, Arpaia has many comfort dishes, but her Thanksgiving go-to is her mom’s sausage and risotto stuffing that is without fail, a hit year after year.

“It’s our ‘Italian version’ of stuffing. I have been eating it since childhood and can’t have it any other way,” said Arpaia.

Although she is not really a sweets person, during a time of year where baking shines, Arpaia chooses to leave the confectionery concoctions to other family members. Instead, she opts for making pumpkin soups and homemade pasta with autumn vegetables like acorn and butternut squash.

“I also love to make autumnal pizzas,” said the chef of her new creation with a ricotta brown butter sage, kale and roasted acorn squash topping. “It’s so good.”

In her family, Christmas belongs to Arpaia and Thanksgiving belongs to her sister. The chef is looking forward to spending the day at her sister’s home with all of her siblings, nieces and nephews and extended family, before she begins preparations for the next big holiday.

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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