Italy on a Plate – The Week in Italian Food: April 10, 2011

 Italy on a Plate - Spaghetti con le Vongole


Happy Sunday to all!  By the look of things around the web, Spring is in full bloom.  We have artichokes, asparagus, peas, spring onions, lamb and even gelato in the best recipes for the week.  In Eating Italy, you will find ways to eat your way through many of the regions – Umbria, Savory, Sweet & lots of gelato in Rome, gelato in Florence, dining and markets in Palermo, a restaurant in Florence and reports from the wine festival, VinItaly, in Verona.  Enjoy and Buon Appetito!


My Choice for this Week’s Top 10 Italian Food Recipes from Around the Web:

Frittata con Bietola Novella e Ricotta Fatta in Casa (Frittata with Baby Chard and Homemade Ricotta) – Briciole 

Artichoke RisottoLa Tavola Marche

Pasta e Piselli con Uova (Pasta and Peas with Eggs) – A classic Neapolitan recipe – Napoli Unplugged

Agnello alla Cacciatora (Easter Lamb)Tuscanycious

Wahoo with Citrus and Pistachios – A Sicilian fish-dish from the Slow Food book, “Ricette di Osterie d’Italia” – Italicious

Beef Straccetti with Asparagus and Spring OnionsMadonna del Piatto

Uova in Purgatorio (Neapolitan Eggs in Purgatory)Memorie di Angelina

William Pear and Star Anise GelatoVolevo Fare Lo Chef (in Italian)

Celli Ripieni: Jam Biscuits and Little BirdsEmiko Davies

When Life Gives You Mandarins, Make Mandarin JamBleeding Espresso 




Eating Italy:

Rome: Sweet & Savory – Memories & Photos of a weekend eating in Rome – My Kugelhopf

Her Tuna Chapter – Stories from the Isola di San Pietro, near Sardinia –

Gelato in Florence – A list of Elizabeth’s picks for best gelato in Florence – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome

Il Panino dei Ricordi (The Panino of Memories) – Beautiful piece on Nonno’s return to Sicily, the home of his parents, and searching for “guastedda” – Katie Parla on (in Italian)

Wine, Lace and Truffles: A Journey Through UmbriaThe Atlantic

The Hottest VinItaly in 40 Years – Report from Vinitaly Festival in Verona – On the Wine Trail in Italy

Abruzzo’s King of Antipasti La Loggia AnticaLife in Abruzzo

Golden Day 50: Stroll Through Palermo MarketsGolden Days in Italy

Two great pieces from Katie this week: A Brief Guide to Dining in Palermo AND My Guides to Gelato in RomeParla Food

Edible Florence: Barbagarga A Restaurant in Florence – Over a Tuscan Stove

Pajama Tastings – Guide to Eating in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto – The American in Italia

Wild Asparagus in Umbria – Umbria Blog



Asparagus and Lemon Risotto


Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy:

Cisterna Wine Expo – April 16 to 17 – The town of Cisterna di Latina outside of Rome hosts the wine-expo and tastings

Gelato di Marca – April 16 & 17 – Treviso in the Piazza dei Signori – Artisanal Gelato Festival with Tastings

Le Strada della Mozzarella – May 27 to 30 – Paestum – Festival of Mozzarella di Bufala and also other wine and food of the Paestum area – Check the brochure for program details

Slow Fish 2011 – May 27 to 30 – Fiera di Genova – 5th edition of the International fair dedicated to sustainable fishing

Melodia del Vino – June 28 to July 8 – Festival where Tuscan wines and classical music meet – Various locations in Tuscany (For a description of the Melodia del Vino festival in EnglishTuscanycious)

CousCous Festival – September 20 – 25 – San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily




Dark Chocolate and Pistachio gelato in Rome




Related Posts:

Asparagus and Lemon Risotto

Pasta con le Sarde and Cooking in Palermo

Cantucci – Biscotti from Tuscany

Cozze alla Marinara – Neapolitan Style Mussels

Seven Sensational Gelaterie in Turin -After 100 Scoops

Pizza Lover’s Odyssey in Naples Italy

Tasting Venice – A Food Tour with Monica Cesarato



  1. Simona
    April 11th

    That plate of risotto con gli asparagi looks perfect (and it’s lunch time here…) Thanks for yet another interesting reading menu!

  2. Paula
    April 11th

    The spaghetti con le vongole makes mine looks so uninteresting!

  3. Tuula
    April 12th

    I see so many Easter recipes this week. We were in Rome last year & had some nice lamb & also made a few pasta dishes. Just started to think of what I will make this year!
    Think I might steal a few ideas from this round-up, surely can’t go wrong! thanks for another wonderful week :)

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