Star Kitchen: Debi Mazar

Actress Debi Mazar shows Food Network Magazine how she turned her home kitchen into a little slice of Italy in L.A.

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Debi Mazar's Kitchen

Although Debi Mazar isn't technically Italian, the actress says she has always felt like a native. She grew up surrounded by Italian friends in Queens, N.Y., and her big break —; before her most notable role as a tough-talking Hollywood publicist on Entourage — was as a saucy Italian mistress in Goodfellas.

Camera-Ready Colors

Before Debi and husband Gabriele started shooting their new show, Extra Virgin, on Cooking Channel, producers asked them to paint their white walls to add depth to the small space on camera. The couple chose this turquoise color to match the kitchen tiles.

Bruschetta Station

The couple constantly uses this $10 metal grill pan they picked up in Italy to make bruschetta. Perforations in the pan let the flames toast the bread without drying it out. For a similar effect, Debi recommends heating bread in any grill pan over a high flame for a few minutes on each side. "Just don't press down on it or you'll get a cracker," Gabriele says.

Faux Tuscan View

Lush landscaping outside the kitchen windows reminds Debi and Gabriele of their second house near Florence. Just as in Italy, they eat most of their meals out back, next to a pizza oven that Gabriele built.

Citrus Stash

Debi usually keeps loads of lemons on the kitchen counter; these few were left after she and Gabriele made a batch of limoncello, an Italian liqueur, using Gabriele's aunt's recipe.