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italian style pork ribs
Photo: Jeff Kauck

Tony Mantuano is the James Beard Award-winning chef-owner of Chicago’s Spiaggia (also known as Barack Obama’s favorite restaurant). But, really, whats important here is that his ribs will make you forget about barbecue sauce! This recipe is based on the flavors and aromas of Sunday dinners at Grandma Mantuano’s house, where the chili pepper was king and pork not far behind. For this dish, we like thick and meaty country-style ribs best, but baby back ribs also work well.