Italy on a Plate – The Week in Italian Food: April 1, 2012

Welcome to the April Fool’s edition of Italy on a Plate. Hopefully you’ve been able to avoid any foolish Pesce d’ Aprile pranks and enjoyed the weekend.  Lots of links this week for Easter meal recipes, and also lots of artichokes and asparagus (two of my favorite things about Spring).  In Eating Italy there’s more about Easter in Rome, and since the Vinitaly wine fair just ended, there are many wine links, too.  Enjoy & buon appetito!

Ravioli in Italy


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

Cabucci (Sicilian “pocket” bread) – Manu’s Menu

Carciofi in umido con le uova (Artichokes Stewed with Eggs)Italy Magazine

Frittata di Carciofi come Fa Nonna (Grandma’s Artichoke Frittata) and an interview with Giulia from Jul’s KitchenDomenica Cook’s

Fave e Cicoria (Dried Fava Bean Puree and Bitter Greens) – Z Tasty Life

Cannelloni with Zucchini, Ricotta and Tomato SauceLucullian Delights

Risotto with Wild Asparagus and Sun-Dried TomatoesAprons and Sneakers

Tie it Up and Call it Easter: Roasted Lamb ShoulderThe Florentine

Pesce al Forno con Patate e Carciofi (Roasted Fish with Potato and Artichokes)Memorie di Angelina

Colomba di Pasqua – Italian Easter Dove Bread – The Front Burner

Blood & Chocolate: SanguinaccioEmiko Davies



Artichokes and Potatoes at Cibreo in Florence


Eating Italy:

Taste 2012 {Florence} – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome

Col Fondo, not Sur Lie – A story of a Prosecco winemaker told at VinItaly – On the Wine Trail in Italy

Barolo ChinatoItalianna

Dinner with Friends in Siena (Osterie Le Logge)DoBianchi

Rome Easter Dining 2012 EditionParla Food

Pizzeria Florida (in Rome) – Una Americana a Roma

Eating in Florence: Brac & Ora D’AriaFreya’s Florence

Land Once Owned by Mafia Produces Prize-Winning Wines – The Washington Post

Ten Places for Foodies in RomeBrowsing Rome

Wines of Italy Series: Terre Margaritelli – TorgianoCome for the Wine

Lamb, Pies, Eggs, Doves and Much More: What and Where to Eat in Rome for EasterBuzz in Rome

Italian Natural Wines are Slowly Getting the Attention They Deserve – Slow Italy

Tomatoes and PomodoriQuatro Fromaggio & Other Disgraces on the Menu

Book Review: An Honest Look at BrunelloPalate Press



Pastries in Napoli


Upcoming Food & Wine Festivals in Italy:

Sagra del Carciofo Romanesco – April 13 to 15 – Ladispoli outside of Rome, celebrates the 62nd Roman Artichoke festival (Information about the artichoke festival in English)

Sapori e Saperi 2012 – April 21 to 25 – Pompeii – Located at the Pompeii Sanctuary (Santuario di Pompeii) is this food festival celebrating typical products of the Campania region (Information about the Sapori e Saperi Festival in English)

Le Strade della Mozzarella – May 7,8, and 9 – Paestum – Celebrating mozzarella di bufala and other food and wine of the region. Check the program for details (in Italian)

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!

Festa Artusiana – June 16 to 24 – Forlimpopli – A gastronomic festival to celebrate Pellegrino Artusi, author of the first Italian cookbook, in his home town in the Emilia-Romagna region

Melodia del Vino – June 27 to July 7 – Various locations in Tuscany – Where Tuscan wines and classical music meet

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



  1. Thanks Kathy for featuring my article in your fabulous review!

  2. Simona
    April 5th

    The photo of the Easter eggs reminds me of something I miss here. Without the beautiful big eggs, it does not feel like Easter. Very interesting roundup, as usual. Happy Easter!

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