Spring in Italy: What We are Eating (and Drinking) this Week: May 19!

It’s been a wet and chilly week in Italy! Nonetheless, there are plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies arriving in Italian groceries. Here’s a look at what we were cooking up this week in the PIATTO™ Kitchen!

Italian Caprese Salad

There are already some pretty tasty, ripe tomatoes arriving to local produce stands in Italy. And basil is available as well—we are buying whole plants, using the basil and planting the rest in the garden 🙂 And so, we could not resist whipping up a simple Italian Caprese Salad for a few meals this week. We chose a fresh fiordilatte mozzarella for our Insalata Caprese. but buffalo mozzarella is a fine choice as well. Just be sure to get fresh mozzarella (packed in water) and not the dry, rubbery stuff!

Authentic Italian Caprese Salad Recipe
The charm of Insalata Caprese lies in its simplicity. The authentic Caprese Salad recipe calls for just a few key ingredients: ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt!
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Sicilian Eggplant Parmigiana

Believe it or not, there are many recipes floating around Italy for famous ‘Eggplant Parmigiana‘! Each region has its own spin on the classic dish. A fun fact about ‘Parmigiana’ (which is often mistranslated to “Parmesan”) is that the word parmigiana here most likely refers to the way the layers of ingredients look like window shutters—not a reference to Parmigiano cheese! In fact, the Sicilian version of this dish does not have Parmigiano cheese, but rather has provolone and sometimes a type of cheese called tuma.

Sicilian Eggplant Parmigiana has no ‘Parmigiano’—despite what translations of this dish abroad might lead you to believe!

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

There were some seriously tasty eggplants at local markets this week. So, of course we could not resist making a traditional Sicilian Pasta alla Norma! We used the leftovers of the eggplants we fried for our Sicilian Eggplant Parmigiana to make a tasty Norma sauce. And wow, was it delicious!

Sicilian Eggplant Pasta Sauce with Penne – Pasta alla Norma
This vegetarian pasta dish is a Sicilian classic. The sauce is made with tomatoes, fried eggplant and famously topped with salted ricotta—a hard ricotta cheese that can be grated and is available in most Italian or fine cheese shops.
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Best Spaghetti Aglio and Olio

We had at least one super quick pasta lunch this week. And of course we relied on one of fastest and easiest Italian pasta recipes: Spaghetti Aglio and Olio!

Best Spaghetti Aglio Olio Recipe (Garlic and Oil Pasta)
The fastest pasta dish in Italy! This simple pasta dish is nonetheless packed with flavor. It is a favorite in Italy for lunch breaks or for a midnight snack. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is popular throughout Italy, but originated in Naples.
creamy Spaghetti Aglio and Olio

Friday is High Hydration Pizza Night!

Every Friday is pizza night in the PIATTO™ Kitchen. Usually we whip up our high hydration pizza dough which produces an incredible pizza we affectionately call our ‘Crunch and Poof’ pizza. Want to make a tall and soft pan pizza with a crispy crust like ours? Check out the recipe!

How to Make 70% Hydration Pizza Dough
Learn how to make a 70% hydration pizza dough that is delicious and HIGHLY DIGESTIBLE! It will be soft inside, with a crispy crust!
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Our favorite pan pizza recipe 🙂

Refreshing Summer Moscow Mule

We like all classic recipes at PIATTO. This week, we purchased some ginger beer (yes, we managed to find it in Italy!) and made a traditional Moscow Mule cocktail. It was everything we hoped it would be. We encourage you to give it a try:

Refreshing Summer Moscow Mule Recipe
Refreshing Moscow Mule recipe! It's a cocktail born in the heart of Hollywood. A dynamic blend of vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice.
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Refreshing Moscow Mule cocktail!

What did YOU make this week? Did you make any recipes from the PIATTO Recipes website? Let us know in the comments!

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