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This week Italy on a Plate circles the boot, if one can circle a boot. Eating Italy takes bites and sips from Liguria, Orvieto, Puglia, Rome, Florence and Piedmont. We have a ton of sweet recipes this week including fried cream from Venice and Carnival castagnole from Rome. I was intentionally late with this week's roundup because Sunday I joined in the Nutella Day celebrations. Did some of you make something special for the day?
Along with Nutella celebrations another huge happening took place last week in Italy – it snowed!! I know those of you that come from places where snow is normal, don't think that it's a big deal. Or, if you've been in the oppressive heat of Campania or Rome in August, you would never believe it could ever get cold enough to snow. Snow it did, and photos have been flying around the social networking sites to prove it. This week only, there is a special feature, Snow in Italy, where I've provided a few links to some great photo essays of snow around Italy. Hope you enjoy it all & buon appetito!
My Choice for This Week's Top 10 Italian Food Recipes:
12 Bruschette for 12 Months of Blogging – Apron and Sneakers
Funghi in Pastella (Mushroom Fritters) – Memorie di Angelina
Pizza con le patate (Rosemary Potato Pizza) – Due Spaghetti
Mussel Saffron Risotto – Letizia Golosa
Cappelletti Pasta with Kamut – Madonna del Piatto
Crema Fritta alla Veneziana (Venetian Style Fried Cream) – La Mia Vita Dolce
Carnevale Time: Castagnole Recipes – Browsing Rome
Ricotta Dumplings in a Strawberry Sauce (Canderli di Ricotta) – Journey of an Italian Cook
Citrus Scented Polenta Cake – Domenica Cooks
Traditional Pasta Making in Puglia – Post in which I make a guest photo apperance - Italian South Florida
Ligurian Cuisine: Gastronomic Delights of the Italian Riviera – Bella Vita Italia
Orvieto: It Doesn't Get More Terroir than This – Rebecca for Umbria on the Blog
Eating the Adriatic: Tradtional Foods of Puglia, Southern Italy – Europe Up Close
Chocolate Show in Florence – Chocolate in Tuscany and the chocolate festival coming up in Florence – Tuscanycious
"Sparkling Saturdays" at Vino Roma – GT Food and Travel
Anna Maria Abbona Dolcetto Tasting – ItaliAnna
I Porchettoni to Open in Rome's San Lorenzo Quarter – Parla Food
Best Suppli in Rome Contest! – Vote on your choice for best suppli in Rome or, for your next visit, just check out the list of top suppli spots nominated – Tavole Romane
Buono come il pane – Italian Notebook
Puntarelle: Cleaning, Eating + Video – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
Snow in Italy:
Manarola sotto la neve – Facebook photo collection of the Cinque Terre town covered in snow
The Coldest Winter Since 1985 – Rubber Slippers in Italy
Snow Day ~ Rome – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
Foto L'Italia al Gelo, le foto dei lettori – La Reppublica
Blizzardino 2012 – A Snowy Rome –Young in Rome
Rome Snow – Amazing aerial shots of Rome and other parts of snowed-in Europe – Dail Mail
Winter: Snow! – Snow scenes around Stresa and Lago Maggiore – Stresa Sights
Upcoming Food & 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
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