Surely, the tomato - and especially mouthwatering sauces made from it - epitomizes the best of Italian cooking. In Salse di Pomodoro: Making the Great Tomato Sauces of Italy, over forty-five fabulous recipes from noted cookbook author Julia della Croce reveal just how delicious, versatile, and creative Italian tomato sauces can be. From smooth purees to chunky ragus, this terrific volume includes vegetable, meat, and seafood sauces that are as delectable on pasta as they are on other savory dishes. A simple, velvety sauce enhances a meat loaf, peps up a batch of meatballs, or transforms a poached egg. A cold, fresh tomato topping redolent of garden herbs converts a slice of toast into an appealing antipasto. Tuscan Meat Sauce with Mushrooms spread between layers of polenta makes a hearty dinner, while a tangy Tomato Sauce with Clams turns a humble risotto into an elegant entree. And what could be quicker and easier than a southern Italian-style sauce over pasta for a great last-minute meal? Whether spiced with pungent olives, heady mushrooms, peppery arugula, or sweet fragrant basil, these delectable recipes offer healthful alternatives to rich cream sauces.