The Formato Brothers Omelet

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Delicious way to start the day !

Many thanks to Gary Marino for submitting this recipe.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • dash of ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Havarti cheese
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped breakfast sausage


Beat eggs and milk in small bowl with fork or wire whisk until yolks and whites are well mixed.  Heat butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until butter is hot and sizzling. As butter melts, tilt skillet to coat bottom with butter.  Add chopped red pepper and hot giardiniera to pan.  Stir the mixture and add ¼ cup of chopped breakfast sausage. Cook until sausage browns, season with pepper.  Pour eggs into skillet.  While rapidly sliding skillet back and forth over heat, quickly stir eggs with a fork to spread them continuously over the bottom of the skillet as they thicken. When they are thickened, let stand over heat a few seconds to lightly brown bottom of omelet.  Do not overcook… Sprinkle with cheese over omelet and fold in ½.  Note that the omelet will continue to cook after being folded.  Tilt skillet and run a spatula under edge of omelet, then jerk skillet sharply to loosen omelet from bottom of skillet and serve over a slice of whole wheat toast.


Marino Maccheroni

Here is a wonderfully fresh & tasty pasta meal using the Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera.  Fresh herbs & tomatoes atop the Maccheroni makes for a healthy main dish at your next gathering.

Marino Maccheroni

At the end of the recipe you’ll find a few more fotos from the Marino kitchen where this meal was created for Formato Brothers.


  1. 1 pound dried pasta
  2. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 6 garlic cloves, peeled & fine chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  5. 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  6. 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves – coarse chopped
  7. 2 medium tomatoes – coarse chopped
  8. One bottle of Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera


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Fresh Ingredients + Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera
Fresh ingredients & Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera


In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water.  Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes.  Drain pasta in a colander, reserving 2 tablespoons of the pasta water.  The reserved pasta water will help create the sauce.  Do not rinse pasta with water — you want to retain the pasta’s natural starches so that the sauce will stick.

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and sauté until light brown and fragrant.  It’s important not too burn the garlic or else it will become bitter.  Add the entire bottle of Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera to the oil and garlic in the sauté pan.   Add the red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute.  Carefully add the reserved pasta water and stir to combine.  Place the drained pasta back into the large pot along with the Mild Giardiniera sauce from the sauté pan and mix well for 1 minute.  Heat briefly on low setting.

Remove the pot (that originally was used to cook the pasta) from low heat.  Empty the combined pasta and sauce mixture onto a large serving platter, top with fresh herbs and chopped tomatoes.

Gary Marino in his kitchen.

Gary & Peggy Marino adding tomatoes to the Marino Maccheroni.


Carlo’s Spicy Meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned Italian garlic & herb bread crumbs
  • 1 Tblsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera (drain first before chopping)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Using a large bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients together by hand.  Add chopped Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera.  Form a meatball about 2″ in diameter.  Place on wax pape until ready to fry.  In a large skillet pour enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom.  Heat until very warm.  Cook meatballs for about 7 – 8 minutes, routinely turning to prevent burning.  Remove from skillet, serve with a hot pasta dish & sauce.  These can be made smaller to be served as appetizers.

Grandma Formato’s Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad
Grandma Formato’s Antipasto Salad

We served this for a holiday get together recently.  It was well received & so flavorful with the Formato Brothers Eggplant Salad!

Excellent presentation for your next Italian themed party.  It looks appealing & tastes wonderful.
Mix the following together.  Cover & refrigerate.  Can be made up to 2 days before serving.

  • Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera (drain some of the oil)
  • Formato Brothers Eggpland Salad (drain some of the liquid)
  • Pitted medium or large black olives (drain liquid)
  • Artichoke hearts (do not drain)
  • Green Salad Olives
  • Red Cherry Peppers (drain liquid)
  • Paesana Baby Pepperoncini (optional)
  • Dried salami & mozzarella cheese (optional)