Italy on a Plate – The Week in Italian Food: June 12, 2011


Insalata Caprese from Sette di Sette in Lecce


This week it’s all about the red and green. Not only the colors of Italy, but also the colors of summer fruits and vegetables, especially cherries, tomatoes and zucchini. All three make several appearances in the recipes I’ve chosen for this week’s Top 10. I hope you love the collection of links from the recent festivals in Vico Equense as much as I do – pizza from the greatest pizzaioli in Italy, and upscale Italian food from some of Italy’s biggest names in chefdom. Along with the section on the Vico Equense festivities, Eating Italy links include food under the Sicilian sun, the Frugal Travler falls in love with Naples and its food, more gelato and a newish restaurant in Rome, much about wine in Puglia and Alto Adige, and more. Enjoy and Buon Appetito!


Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

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

Negroni – Paula makes the classic Italian cocktail – Bellalimento

Torta Salata di Zucchine e Carote (Savory Zucchini and Carrot Cake) – Briciole

Zucchini and Garlic Scape FrittataItalian Food Forever

Pasta con asparagi, pinoli e feta (Pasta with asparagus, pine nuts and feta cheese) – Viaggi e Sapori

Tordelli Versiliesi – A pasta recipe from Tuscany – Tuscanycious

Oven Roasted Tomato and Onion PastaAroma Cucina

Shrimp RisottoChef Chuck’s Cucina

Fegatini di Pollo e Polenta (Chicken Livers and Polenta) – The Saucy Chef

Cherry and Ricotta Ice CreamLife in Abruzzo

Crostata di Frutta e Frangipane al PistacchioVolevo Fare lo Chef (in Italian)


Bonci pizza al tagio


Eating Italy:

Italian Cuisine Thrives Under the Sicilian SunNPR

Naples: Must-Sees and See What HappensNew York Times

Anatra Grassa: Newish Restaurant in Rome – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome

Slow Food on the Amalfi CoastBellavventura

Vestri for Chocolate and Gelato LoversPanini Girl

Best Gelato and Best-Kept Secret in Rome – A peak inside I Caruso – Revealed Rome

Tips for Tipping in ItalyParla Food

Fare la Scarpetta (Licking the Plate Clean) – Under the Tuscan Gun

Panella: Almost of Century of Bread – A look inside almost century-old bakery, and so much more, in Rome – Tavole Romane (The link I provided is the one translated into English by Google)

Eggplant Lasagne with 3-tomato sauce in Puglia – Jeremy shares more of his food finds in Puglia – DoBianchi

Salumi Therapy anyone? A Mortadella facial? – A Spa Unlike Any Other: The Rise of Cured Meat TherapyThe Atlantic

Discovering the Lesser Known Wonders of Italian WineANSA

Farinata – Anna shares a little information and history on this Ligurian staple – Italian Notebook

Ageing Wine to Music in Puglia and A Foretaste to PugliaJancis Robinson

From Piemonte to Puglia’s “Radici del Sud” Tasting of Southern Italian WinesBerry’s Wine Blog

Garantito IGP: Gewurztraminer from Alto Adige – Not Just for ItaliansKyle Phillips Italian Wine Review


Beginning last Sunday in Vico Equense, on the Bay of Naples, there were two food festivals, Festa a Vico (June 5-7) and A’ Pizza (June 8). The first brought out 150 of the hottest chefs in Italy, and the second had “the best pizzaioli in all the world.” (I’ll be on the lookout for both of these feste in 2012!) Many Italian journalists and bloggers attendend and recounted the festivities on their sites. Below are links to some of the recaps. All except Parla Food’s are in Italian, but the mouthwatering photos in each post speak a universal language. (I would also suggest translating the text, if you don’t read Italian, because there is great information, along with individual perspectives on the festivities, in each of the write ups.)

Festa a Vico, 150 Chefs Converge on the Bay of NaplesParla Food

Il Racconto della Festa della Pizza – Paperogiallo (There are addresses at the bottom of the post for all the pizzerie of the pizzaioli who attended the event.)

Festa a Vico 2011 – 15 articles covering the festa – Scattidigusto

Festa a Vico Quest’ AnnoTzatziki a Colazione

Pizze a Confronto per la Gazzetta Gastronomica del duo Bonilli-CorteseScattidigusto

La Pizza in Riva al MareArteTeca’s Kitchen


Zucchini and cherries at the market


Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy:

Degustando Pisa 2011 – June 1 to 30 – Pisa – Throughout the month participating restaurants in Pisa are participating in the event, offering special fixed-price degustando menus with traditional Pisan dishes

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


Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius


Related Posts:

Pizza Lover’s Odyssey in Naples

Pizza al Taglio at Pizzarium in Rome

Classic Salentino Cuisine Reinvented at Sette di Sette in Lecce

Salento Style Lunch at Cantine Menhir

Wine Tasting in Tuscany – Along the Chianti Trail

Roman Pasta Dishes and Ten Places to Eat Them in Rome



  1. Joshua
    June 12th

    Follow the colours of the Italian flag and things are usually quite tasty all year round.
    But in early summer as the tomatoes come out it’s even better
    thanks for the list of food fairs.

  2. Simona
    June 12th

    Thanks Kathy :) I like the photo with the small zucchini with their blossoms: they are perfect in a risotto. Viva le zucchine!

  3. Jeremy Parzen
    June 13th

    Thanks, as always, Kathy! You ROCK! :)

  4. Krista
    June 13th

    Wow – that pizza looks staggeringly good. :-)

  5. Julia
    June 14th

    Great! Just discovered your blog and love it. BTW: Since the comments to the Tuscany Chianti trail are closed: If you ever come near San Gimignano again, check out Poderei del Paradiso. Great wines (Paterno II), lovely people. And the Chianti Colli Sinesi area is less sophisticated and less pricey than the Chianti Classico area.

  6. Kathy
    June 15th

    Joshua – You are so right…the colors of the Italian flag are tasty, year round.
    Simona – You’re very welcome! Here’s to eating more zucchini.
    Jeremy – You’re welcome…I’m looking out for Radici wine recaps from you and other participants/judges too.
    Krista – It was!
    Julia – Glad you found me! Thanks for the tips on Tuscany wineries.

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