Italy on a Plate – The Week in Italian Food: May 22, 2011

Gelato in Italy


It’s that time of the week, and welcome back (or welcome to) Italy on a Plate, my roundup of the week in Italian food from around the web.   My picks for this week’s recipes include fried treats from Italy, arancini (including photos and a video on assembling them), a special cheesey focaccia from Recco in Liguria, a rabbit dish from Ischia, instructions on the proper way to prepare Genovese pesto, some classic (and easy) recipes, and, of course, desserts – ricotta cheesecake and a strawberry & cream gelato. 

Eating Italy has information on wines all over Italy along with a link to great tips about the upcoming Cantine Aperte.  There is a report from a pizza bianca “smackdown” in Rome, along with more pizza in Rome, a beautiful video of an artisan Italian cheesemaker at work, market stops in Tuscany and Abruzzo, and a little bit about the history of gelato in Italy.  Long list of upcoming festivals in Italy, including the giant Gelato Festival in Florence.  Anyone going?

Enjoy and Buon Appetito!



Seafood Antipasti in Venice


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

More Sicilian Gold: Arancini – A recipe and how-to in photos for making one of my favorite Sicilian treats – Over a Tuscan Stove

Focaccia di Recco – Recipe and photo how-to on making this very different Ligurian focaccia from the town of Recco – Manu’s Menu

Carciofi Imbottiti (Stuffed Artichokes) – with the Amalfi Coast in the background – Bell’Avventura

Pesto Revisited – Secrets to making Pesto Genovese – Little Paradiso

Risotto with Fava Beans, Pancetta and Candied LemonsItalian Food Forever

Corniglia all’ Ischitana di Filomena & Web in the City (Rabbit from the Island of Ischia) – To Celebrate the Wine & the City and Vitigno Italia festivals in Naples this week, Lydia participated in a “blog relay, publishing her Campania recipe, which was paired with one of the Campania wines on display at the festivals – She also provides links to all the recipes/blogs that participated in the relay – Tzatziki a Colazione (In Italian but the Google translator is available on the site) 

Scalloppine al MarsalaMemorie di Angelina 

Pollo Arrosto al Limone (Lemon Roasted Chicken) – A recipe and cute story – Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino

Orange Ricotta CheesecakeCiao Chow Linda

Strawberry & Cream GelatoVolevo Fare Lo Chef (in Italian)


 Frittura Salentina


Eating Italy:

The Making of Bagoss – A fantastic video of a truly artisan cheesemaker at work – Rubber Slippers in Italy

Gusto’s Take on the Last Sunday in May: Cantine Aperte – Next Sunday wineries throughout Italy will be open to the public (normally you need to make an appointment in advance to visit) – Here are some great tips on enjoying the day wherever you may be in Italy, with specific information about Umbria – Gusto Wine Tours 

Pizza Bianca in Rome: A Head-to-Head Taste Test and Them SomeSerious Eats

Aladdin’s Cave of Veggie Delights and O So Much More – A tasty trip to a fruit and Vegetable market in Abruzzo – Life in Abruzzo

Exploring the Grapes of the Veneto RegionSnooth

Bellissima #Barbera2 – Anna reports on the recent Barbera wine event in Piedmont – Itali Anna

Pistoia on Market Day – A day at the market in Tuscany – Panini Girl

La Pizza Di Igles, Springtime on a Plate – Pizza in Rome – Parla Food

Vitovska: Italian Grape Name and Appellation Project – This week Jeremy takes us to Friuli with information and pronunciation help on one of its white wines – Do Bianchi

Florence’s Best Kept Secret – A little of the history of gelato…and there is a recipe for strawberry sorbetto by Emiko Davies – The Florentine



 Tiramisu Cheesecake 



Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy: 

Firenze Gelato Festival 2011 – May 25 to 29 – Florence – Throughout Florence, they will be celebrating the world of gelato

Sapori – May 28 & 29 and June 2, 4 and 5 – In Fivizzano-Massa Carrara in Tuscany – A celebration of the wines and typical food products of the Lunigiana area of Tuscany (official site in Italian: Commune di Fivizzano)

Cantine Aperte – May 29 – Over 800 wineries throughout Italy will open their doors to visitors – For an explanation of how to find a winery in a specific area see Why Go Italy’s post on the wine celebration 

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

Chianti Wine Festival Montespertoli – May 29 to June 6 – The Tuscan town of Montespertoli celebrates its Chianti DOC

Sagre delle Fragole (Strawberry Festival) – June 4 & 5  – Nemi, part of the Castelli Romani outside of Rome, celebrates the strawberry

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)

Barolo Night 2011 – July 23 – The town La Morra, in the Piedmont region, celebrates the king of wines – Barolo – with a progressive dinner in four locations, showcasing La Morra cuisine with a wine pairing. 

Sagra della Porchetta di Arricia – September 4 – The town Arricia, near Rome, most famous for the roasted suckling pig starts porchetta celebrations on the first Sunday in Septmeber

Slow Food Cheese – September 16 to 19 – Bra, the home of the Slow Food Headquarters – An cheese festival that originally highlighted only local cheeses, now is an international affair celebrating artisanl cheesemaking – the site is still under construction

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

EuroChocolate – October 14 to 23 – Perugia – The biggest chocolate festival in Italy


 Food Shop along Spaccanapoli in Naples


Related Posts:

My Last Meal – Preparing for the End of the World

Caramel Gelato and Favorite Gelaterie in Rome

Seven Sensational Gelaterie in Turin – More than 100 Scoops Later

A Taste of Napoli – 15 Favorite Dishes for the Food Lover in Naples

Cozze alla Marinara – Neapolitan-Style Mussels

Pugliese Pasta-Making Lesson with Nonna Vata

Pizza Lover’s Odyssey in Naples

Cheese from Puglia: Making and Eating Fresh Cheese in Salento

Tiramisu Cheesecake

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette






  1. Paula
    May 22nd

    Favorite photos: the shop in Naples, the seafood antipasto, and the frittura. Very interested in the Slow Fish 2011 Fiera di Genova International fair dedicated to sustainable fishing. Will look into that one some more.

  2. Rosa
    May 22nd

    Another round-up to make you salivate! Thank you for including mine.

  3. Manu
    May 22nd

    Thank you soooo much for including my recipe! <3 I feel so honored to be mentioned among all these great recipes! :-)

  4. Jeremy Parzen
    May 23rd

    Thanks, as always, for the shout out and thanks for helping people to speak Italian grapes! :)
    Your blog and these round-ups are a FANTASTIC resource for all of us… LOVE IT!

  5. ciaochowlinda
    May 23rd

    Thanks so much for the shout-out. I love learning about all these other great Italian blogs and recipes out there in the blogosphere through your lists.

  6. Frank
    May 23rd

    Yum, that frittura looks to die for!

  7. Tuula
    May 23rd

    Simply delicious as always, yum! And I can’t say enough about stuffed artichokes, one of my favorite things on the planet. Thanks for this wonderful, drool-worthy, post!

  8. Jozee
    May 29th

    Nice post, wonderful photos.

  9. Kate Little
    May 30th

    Thanks so much for including my post and for turning me on to some other great blogs! Kate

  10. Kathy
    May 30th

    Thank you all for the comments and notes of gratitude. It is my pleasure to share our love of Italy and its food and wine with those of you who read my blog regularly and those who stumble upon it.
    Frank – The Frittura Salentino WAS delicious. It got devoured almost as fast as chef Pina plated it!

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