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Ciao! Wonderful!

Simply wonderful! I'm describing a recent dinner at Ciao! Osteria. The Capellini Portofino Pomodoro was elegant in its simplicity, as was the Bread Pudding. Does the chef share recipes? -- M.S., Cary

Alex Azzam, owner/chef of Ciao! Osteria (121 N. Salem St., Apex; 363-8350; www.ciaoosteria.com) does indeed share recipes. The chef provides evidence -- both sweet and savory -- of his generosity in the form of recipes for a popular entree and a sinfully satisfying dessert.

Specialty of the House gets recipes for local restaurant dishes. Send requests, including your city, to Specialty of the House, c/o The News & Observer or e-mail ggcox@bellsouth.net. Find past columns and recipes at www.newsobserver.com. Search for "specialty."

Recipes

Orange Bourbon Sauce

Capellini Portofino Pomodoro

Bread Pudding

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