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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 3, 2008) – KMOS-TV, UCM’s public broadcasting station, brings one of Warrensburg’s culinary talents to it viewers with a special presentation of “Cooking with Giuliano” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.
Giuliano Monetti, owner of Monetti’s Pizzeria Ristorante in Warrensburg, will give viewers information and recipes showcasing a variety of dishes and sauces using tomatoes - especially his favorite, the Roma, which is sweet and has a softer texture than some other varieties. The special program treats viewers to his passion for genuine Italian cuisine, creating an entertaining and educational experience.
Giuliano Monetti explains the basics of using tomatoes in Italian cuisine in "Cooking with Giuliano."
Authentic Italian Cuisine a Family Tradition
Monetti is no stranger to great cooking, growing up in his mother’s kitchen and drawing inspiration from his family. His mother is originally from Sicily and his father from Rome. Undoubtedly the flavors of both regions, combined with American dishes, influence his cooking style.
“I’ve always had a passion for cooking, even when I was a child,” he said. “You know, growing up in an Italian household, everything was made fresh. My mom always made three square meals everyday. Always pasta, always salad, vegetables and a meat of some sort, every day, never missed a beat, even when she was sick. I don’t know how she did it.”
A Labor of Love
In addition, his godfather, a retired chef and restaurateur in New York City, is “one of the most amazing cooks I’ve ever known…he’s like a walking encyclopedia.” Though miles away, Monetti will call for advice about his menus and business. He loves to cook because is it part of his everyday life, and “I enjoy doing it so much I don’t even think about it anymore. I just think it’s become a part of my soul, y’know.”
From Brooklyn to Warrensburg, with a Passion
Originally from Brooklyn, Giuliano and his brother Tony, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, started the Italian-American restaurant in Warrensburg because of their passion for cooking and because “I love to see people’s reactions when they eat. To see the reactions of the people, it’s like, ‘Wow, this is amazing! How’d you think of that?’ ”
For More Information
For more information about KMOS-TV and its programming, check the station’s web site at www.kmos.org.