Italy on a Plate: The Week in Italian Food: Feb 5, 2012

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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!



Piatto del Giorno - Plate of the Day in Italy


My Choice for This Week's Top 10 Italian Food Recipes:

12 Bruschette for 12 Months of BloggingApron and Sneakers

Funghi in Pastella (Mushroom Fritters)Memorie di Angelina

Pizza con le patate (Rosemary Potato Pizza) Due Spaghetti

Mussel Saffron RisottoLetizia Golosa

Cappelletti Pasta with KamutMadonna del Piatto

Crema Fritta alla Veneziana (Venetian Style Fried Cream)La Mia Vita Dolce

Carnevale Time: Castagnole RecipesBrowsing Rome

Ricotta Dumplings in a Strawberry Sauce (Canderli di Ricotta)Journey of an Italian Cook

Citrus Scented Polenta CakeDomenica Cooks

Ciambellone con Gocce di Cioccolato (Chocolate Chip Ring Cake)Cake Duchess




Seafood Risotto


Eating Italy:

Traditional Pasta Making in Puglia – Post in which I make a guest photo apperance -  Italian South Florida

Ligurian Cuisine: Gastronomic Delights of the Italian RivieraBella 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 ItalyEurope 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 TastingItaliAnna

I Porchettoni to Open in Rome's San Lorenzo QuarterParla Food

The Pinch – Value dining in Rome while still feeling like you're living la dolce vita – Eleonora for The American in Italia

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

No (Fiscal) Receipt? No Party: How Tourists Can Help the Campaign Against Tax Evasion in ItalyRevealed Rome




Bread in Italy


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 RomeYoung 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



Cafe Platti in Turin


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



Join me on a Food & Wine Lover's Culinary Journey Through Puglia!

Fish Market in Gallipoli - Puglia







  1. Thank you for including my bruschette among your favorite recipes. And I love your site! It’s very informative.

  2. Simona
    February 7th

    1984-85 was my first winter in Milan. It snowed a lot one night and the city had difficulty returning to normal. Surface public transportation stopped, people walked across the city in the snow, then military personnel helped out. Then it snowed in Rome, I believe it was around January 6 and it was chaos, just like the other day. None of this will prompt people to be better prepared next time. What can I say? Thanks Kathy for another collection of interesting news.

  3. Kathy
    February 13th

    Rowena – You’re welcome. They were beautiful.
    Simona – As it’s only snowed twice in my entire life while living in CA (and I was very young both times) I can imagine the chaos some flakes bring to places not used to getting snow. Although it looks beautiful in photos, I’m sure being there is a whole different story. Glad you liked this week’s roundup!

  4. Gary Curto
    February 25th

    I so look forward to your posts and find that your writing style is a joy to read,[and has increased my appetite 110%!] Thank you for providing me with a great read and journey to a beautiful country…I miss it so but continue to eat my way thru the memories of my Italian family ,and of such great culinary delights …

  5. Kathy
    February 27th

    Gary: Thank you for the kind words. It’s always good to hear from readers, especially those that enjoy the posts.

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