Steve Samson

Los Angeles

Italian


Specialities

Italian, Pasta, Pizza

About Steve Samson

Steve Samson grew up spending summers in Bologna, Italy, his mother's hometown. Life in Bologna was centered around the dining room table. While cooking alongside his parents and grandparents, Steve realized a strong connection between food, family, and tradition. These early experiences have greatly influenced his point of view as a chef.

In 2011, Steve opened Sotto in Los Angeles with partners Zach Pollack, Bill Chait, and his wife, Dina Samson.  Sotto achieved immediate acclaim, being named one of Esquire Magazine's “Best New Restaurants in America” and Los Angeles Magazine's #1 “Best New Restaurant". After four years, Sotto remains as popular as ever, largely because Chef Steve has remained committed as ever to tradition and craft.


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Steve Samson's Video Tutorials

An Overview of Northern Italian Pasta Shapes

Steve Samson
Intermediate

From ravioli to tortellini, these stuffed pasta shapes bring a hint of Northern Italy to any kitchen.

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Italian Chickpea Fritters

Steve Samson
Intermediate

These little bites are crispy on the outside, airy in the center, and make for a perfect snack or appetizer.

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Traditional Sicilian Cannoli

Steve Samson
Intermediate

This traditional Sicilian cannoli has a crunchy wine-flavored shell, a creamy center, and is reminiscent of Italy.

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Authentic Ricotta Gnocchi

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Easy

Cow's milk ricotta and Parmesan cheese give these gnocchi their authentic Italian flavors.

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Whole Grilled Orata with Warm Bread Salad

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Intermediate

This grilled fish is packed with Mediterranean flavor to create a delicious and healthy meal.

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Rigatoni with Chicken Liver Ragù

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Intermediate

This sophisticated pasta dish is composed of many layers of hearty flavor.

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How to Make Cannoli Shells

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Intermediate

These shells are light and crispy, and can be used to hold either sweet or savory fillings.

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An Overview of Common Pasta Shapes

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Easy

Understanding the differences between pasta varieties will allow you to pick the best type for a recipe.

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How to Use a Basic Pasta Maker

Steve Samson
Easy

Mastering this machine will allow you to create impressive fresh pastas with ease and precision.

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Techniques for Cooking Pasta Perfectly Every Time

Steve Samson
Easy

Mastering Italian pasta dishes, whether basic or advanced, always starts with properly cooked and seasoned noodles.

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