Italy on a Plate – The Week in Italian Food: June 19, 2011

Lemons and Limoncello from the Amalfi Coast


Welcome to this week’s roundup of Italian food from around the web, and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads worldwide. As I think there is a heat wave throughout the Northern Hemisphere this week, my picks for Top Ten Recipes include many cool desserts for the hot summer months and a limoncello to say goodbye to the mother of one of my favorite Italian food bloggers. Along with those recipes, are stuffed and fried zucchini flowers, a chilled beet soup, fresh pasta making recipes, and two dishes from Abruzzo – beens & greens and a pasta dish.

Eating Italy includes food stories, tips and hunger-inducing photos from Puglia, Venice and Rome. I’ve also included several links on wines from throughout the boot and a story about Italy beating out France as the number one wine producer in the world. And, I found some stories on a gelato festival in Turin, lemon granita in Amalfi and one that has an infographic of 50 Italian coffees. Also, there is a review on an Italian wine book and a giveaway of the book at Scordo’s blog site. Enjoy the week and Buon Appetito!


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

Limoncello and Addio to La Contessa – Judy says goodbye to her mother with a final toast – Over a Tuscan Stove

Breaded Stuffed Zucchini Flowers Italian Food Forever

Beet Me Up! – Zuppa Fredda di Barbabietola (Chilled Beetroot Soup) – The Saucy Chef

Pasta Pairings – Fresh pasta recipes – The American in Italia

Spaghetti al Farouk: Abruzzo Circa 1975Domenica Cooks

St. Tomasso & the Morizio’s Beans & Bitter GreensLife in Abruzzo

Artusi’s June: Sour Cherry and Cinnamon SorbetEmiko Davies

Buttermilk Panna CottaThe Front Burner

Lemon Basil Panna Cotta with Cherry SauceLetizia Golosa

Caffe’ in Forchetta (coffee on a fork) – Coffee custard dessert – Italian Notes



Cavatelli with tomato, eggplant and basil


Eating Italy:

Eating in PugliaFood Stories

The Best Foods of Venice and the Veneto – Walks of Italy

Top 5 Cucina Romana – Want to eat good Roman cuisine in the heart of Rome? Puntarella Rossa’s picks for the top five places to eat in Rome’s historic center (in Italian)

Stra Gelato 2011 – Sonia takes us on a gelato marathon in Turin – Turin Love

Ten Must Eat Dishes in RomeParla Food

It’s Coffee Time! – 50 Ways Italians Drink Coffee – Charming Italy

Italy Overtakes France to Become World’s Largest Wine ProducerThe Telegraph

The Morning RoundsUn Americana in Rome

The Wine of Rome: Frascati and Fontana CandidaCharles Sciclone on Wine

Sforno: Pizza in the Rome burbs – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome

Granita di Limone in AmalfiCiao Amalfi

Cianci Baldazzi: Fine Carmignano – Villa il Poggiolo in Tuscany and its wines – Kyle Phillips Italian Wine Review

Dormice, Sea Urchins and Fresh Figs: The Roman Diet RevealedThe Telegraph

Dan Amatuzzi’s Italian Wine for the Student and a Book GiveawayScordo

Smells Like Horse Sh** and I’m glad I stepped in it: Taurasi 01 StruzzieroDo Bianchi

TerroirVino Part 1: Where Wine, People and Web Meet – Anna recaps the TerroirVino event and tasting – Itali Anna

Eating Out in Venice – Jancis Robinson

Bacaro: Intimate Dining Gem in Rome – Eleanora on Spotted by Locals – Rome



Lemon Granita


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

Chianina Steak Festival – June 24 to June 26 – In Sestino, near Arezzo, they celebrate the famous Tuscan steak

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)

Sagra della Cozza (Mussel Festival) – June 30 to July 3 – The coastal town of Livorno in Tuscany celebrates mussels

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



Fruttone from Lecce

Related Posts:

Best Ways to Savor Venice

Roman Pasta Dishes and Ten Places to Eat Them

Caramel Gelato Recipe and Favorite Gelato Spots in Rome

Lemon Granita and Coffee Granita Recipes

Tiramisu Recipe

Artichoke and Spinach Ravioli in a Brown Butter Sauce

Art of Making Pasta by Hand: Pugliese Pasta Lesson with Nonna Vata

Pastries of Lecce with Chef Luca Capilungo



  1. Paula
    June 20th

    That cavatelli dish looks yummy!
    Lemon Granita has become a staple with the Aiello family since you first introduced it :-)

  2. Kathy
    June 26th

    Adri – Thank you for the compliment! Your buttermilk panna cotta looks divine!
    Paula – The cavatelli dish WAS yummy….That dish I ate in Sicily, but a post w/recipe is coming soon (I won’t make any promises about the date, though :-) So happy that eveyone is enjoying granita!

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