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The week in Italian food has a nice roundup of recipes. Pasta recipes for orecchiette, ravioli and lasagna for primi piatti. For secondi, there are few traditional dishes – polpettone, porchetta and stoccafisso. We have more than a few dolci, including a sweet bread and sweet story from Perugia. Eating Italy includes food finds in Tuscany, more about pizza lessons from Bonci in Rome, a “nonstuffy” guide to ordering wine in Italy along with tales and tips on eating & drinking in Todi, Verona, Puglia and Sicily.
On a side note, except for Italy on a Plate, I’ve been a little absent due to an unplanned and last-minute trip over the last few weeks. Now, I’m back in my own kitchen and with my computer. You can be sure the week will be full of food & travel in Puglia, Provence and Paris. I will also have Pugliese pasta and Nutella recipes coming up at the end of the week – World Nutella Day is next Sunday, you know!
Enjoy this week’s roundup of Italian food & buon appetito!
My Choice for This Week’s Top 10 Italian Food Recipes from Around the Web:
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage and Tomato Pesto – Italian Food Forever
Mushroom Lasagna – Ciao Chow Linda
Ricotta Ravioli & a Kitchenaid Giveaway – Bell’ alimento
Polpettone al Forno – Napoli Unplugged
Porchetta – Italian Notes
Italian Rice Pudding Tartlets – Jul’s Kitchen
Pears Poached in a Tuscan Red Wine (Pere Martine al Toscana Rosso) – The Front Burner
Il Torcolo di San Costanzo – A sweet bread and a story from Perugia – Anne’s Blog
Marmellata di Mandarini: A Winter Ritual – Z Tasty Life
Top 25 Tuscan Food Finds – Emiko Davies
The Battle of The Baccala – History of baccala in Italy and some regional dishes – Freya’s Florence
How to Order and Enjoy Wine in Italy (Nonstuffy Traveler’s Guide) – Walks of Italy
Passion for Pizza: Bonci – Over a Tuscan Stove
10 of the Best Places to Stay, Eat and Visit in Verona – The Guardian
Happy Hour Bars in Florence – Nile Guide Florence
Todi: In the Land of Grechetto – Umbria on the Blog
Il Leoncino – Pizza in Rome – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
A Perfect End – All about Vin Santo – The American in Italia
Modica and the “Dark Chocolate” – A little history about chocolate in Sicily – Sicily Lovers
Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy:
Almond Blossom Festival – February 3 to 12 – Agrigento, Sicily
Cioccolentino 2012 – February 10 to 14 – Terni – Chocolate festival and more in the Umbrian town half way between Rome and Perugia
Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale – February 10 to 19, 2012 – Florence – Artisanl chocolate festival
Carnevale di Venezia -February 11 to 21, 2012 – Venice – Not really a food and wine festival, but it is a festival, one where the entire floating city becomes a stage, that one should attend at least once in a life time.
Cioccola-To – March 2 to 11, 2012 – Turin – Italian chocolates & more, with a focus on the chocolatiers of Turin, fill the Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
Taste Firenze – March 10 to 12 – Florence – The Leopolda Station
Sagra della Seppia – March 18 to 25 – Pinarella di Cervia – The seaside town near Ravenna celebrates seppia
VinItaly – March 25 to 28, 2012 – Verona – Italy’s largest wine exposition
Wine in the City – May 16 to 19 – Naples – Throughout the city wine will be the focus of this event, where there will be wine to taste
Vitigno Italia – May 20 to 22 – Naples – 8th Annual Wine Festival in Naples at the Castel dell’ Ovo
Firenze Gelato Festival – May 23 to 27 – Florence – The piazzas and streets of Florence will be filled with gelato stands and gelato!
Events in Tuscany – Site listing many events throughout Tuscany, and not only food and wine
Events in the Langhe area of Piedmont – Site from the Alba Tourist office listing many festivals, mostly wine & food, happening in the Langhe area of Piedmont
Join me on a Food & Wine Lover’s Culinary Journey Through Puglia!
Making and Eating Fresh Cheese in Puglia
Cantucci – Biscotti from Tuscany
Gianduia Budino and a Chocolate Pass in Turin
Artichoke and Spinach Ravioli in a Browned Butter Sauce
Genovese and Other Classice Neapolitan Sauces from Citta del Gusto
Taste of Napoli – 15 Favorite Dished for the Food Lover in Naples
Roman Pasta Dishes and 10 Places to Eat Them in Rome