Italy on a Plate – The Week in Italian Food: 10-30-10


 Fresh Pasta at Eataly Turin

Autum is in full bloom, or should I say full fall.  Recipes this week reflect the fall foods, and there are several hearty dishes to warm us from the inside.  In Eating Italy, there are reviews and food photos from several of the food festivals that have already taken place. I hope you enjoy this week’s round up of the best in Italian food.  Buon Appetito!


Salami Plate from Verrazzano Winery


My choice for this week’s 10 best Italian recipes from around the web:

For a twist on the traditonal deviled egg, check out these Stuffed Eggs PiemonteseAn Expatriate in Rapallo

A simple Autumn dish – Roasted Butternut Squash Salad – La Tavola Marche

Seafood and risotto, perfect combination, Octopus Risotto – Risotto con polpo – Beautiful Liguria

Fall Butternut Squash Risotto from Giuliano Hazan and a video of his appearance on the Today show, cooking risotto, on Educated Palate 

Joanne makes a beautiful Sausage and Spinach Risotto made with Barolo wine at Frutto della Passione

A pasta dish with a funny name from Frank, Malloreddus alla Campidanese. This Sardinian dish of gnocchetti (little gnocchi) with a sausage and tomato sauce looks scrumptious – Memorie di Angelina

Linguine Vongole Two Ways, in bianco or in rosso (Liguine with clams in either red or white sauce) from Cook-Italian

Seafood Cannelloni from Italy Magazine

Want to look like a rock star in the kitchen with little effort? The Italian Dish has the dish for you, Rack of Pork Stuffed with Apples and Herbs


Cassatelle alla Siciliana


Eating Italy:

Celebrating Pesto and Ligurian Gatronomy from Beautiful Liguria

Food Photos of Classic Tuscan Fare at a restaurant in Florence, Trattoria da Burde, from Cime di Rapa (scroll down for the English version)

This week Bella Baita View went to the Salone del Gusto in Turin and brought back food photos!

On Stresa Sights find out about Le Margheritine, a popular biscotti from Stresa, and what pasticciera makes them best

Judy, the Divina Cucina, has photos from a dinner featuring newly produced olive oil and a visit to her local Frantoio (olive oil mill) in Tuscany in It’s All About the Oil – Over a Tuscan Stove

Photos of the Tuscan Chestnut Festival in Marradi – Tuscany Pictures

A review and loads of truffle photos from the Alba Truffle Festival in Alba – Love Piemonte


Dining al Fresco


Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy:

Dine in many of Rome’s top restaurants for as little as 25 euros a person during Rome Restaurant Week happening from Nov 15 to 21. Information provided by Italy Magazine

The Alba Truffle Festival celebrates the famous white truffles of Alba every weekend beginning October 9 until November 14

In Antillo, a city near Taormina in Sicily, there is a Pig and Wild Boar Festival (Sagre del Maiale e Chingale) Deceber 4 and 5

List of Fall Food Festivals in Emilia Romagna

More chocolate for us chocoholics: Cioccolato in Piazza, a chocolate fest in the town of Carpi November 5-7

One of the biggest wine festivals in Italy, The Merano Wine Festival happens November 5 – 11

The candy Northern Italians associate with Christmas, torrone, has its own festival –  Torrone Festival in Cremona is November 19 – 21

On November 21 in Venice the Festival of Madonna della Salute, a yearly festival honoring La Madonna for her help in ending the plague, will take place and there will be food stalls and other “bancarelle” selling goods and Christmas items from Italy Magazine

Another Christmas Market in the North of Italy – The Milan Christmas Market is from December 5 to 8

A magical event that I would recommend attending at least once in your life, Carnevale di Venezia happens from February 26 – March 8, 2011




  1. Paula
    October 31st

    Excellent choices!

  2. Tuula M
    November 1st

    The photos are gorgeous as always & I’m at a loss to pick which one of these dishes I like the most! So much good stuff here…the seafood canelloni sounds amazing but so does the linguine vongole (I’m a white sauce person myself, sounds so good for the fall!). Thanks again for getting me dreaming about what to try next :)

  3. Kathy
    November 4th

    Paula and Tuula – Thanks for your comments and your faithful following. It is much appreciated. I, of course, like them all but would be most likely to try the one from Sardinia with the funny name (I had to check my spelling of it at least 5 times, and it still may be wrong)!

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