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Red Sauce Classics from Mamma Guidara’s

Recipes from the Sunday night supper at the NoMad.

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My favorite way to spend a lazy Sunday is to get together with family and friends, polish off a few bottles of Chianti, and spend the entirety of the afternoon gently stirring a simmering cauldron of red sauce while I’m breading, frying, and melting cheese on things. At some point we boil some pasta eventually sit down to a garlicky feast at a big table.

Daniel Humm, my partner and the chef of our operation, is from Switzerland, but virtually everyone else in the Eleven Madison Park and Nomad families hails from New York City and its suburbs; which means we’ve collectively spent countless childhood birthdays at Mamma Leone’s in the Theater District, feasts at Mario’s on Arthur Avenue (pre- or post-Yankees game), dates at Emilio’s Ballato on Houston, and the desperate search for the Holy Grail: a table at Rao’s.

Sunday night supper at The NoMad Bar is our celebration of all of this. The red-checkered tablecloths, the warm bread with the little gold packets of butter, Dean Martin, Amaretto Sours, bread crumbs, cannoli, and lots and lots of red sauce. Learn more about Mama Guidara’s, and purchase tickets, here. In the meantime, check out the recipes for three Italian-American staples below.

Chicken Parmesan

An almost comically large portion, meant to share.

Meatballs in Marinara

An Italian-American classic.


Creamy and chocolatey with a strong undercurrent of espresso.