Welcome to this week's round up. It's filled with good eats from around the boot. The ten Italian recipes this week include soups, gnocchi cacio e pepe, a grass frittata, pork chops with a mushroom cream sauce, and just a few desserts. Eating Italy is again packed, with much information on eating in Venice (Carnevale started this weekend!), and also which pasta shapes go best with pesto sauce, more from Pizzarium in Rome, wines and markets in Umbria, where to find all the sweet shops in Rome, and more.
After this week, Italy on a Plate will be taking a four-week hiatus. The round up will return on Sunday April 3rd. I'm thinking of doing a March review of recipes and Eating Italy for that round up, if it will all fit into one post. In case you haven't read it here on the blog already, I'm going to Italy in March! Although you won't get a Sunday dose of Italy on a Plate, I promise you almost daily dishes of food and travel in the country we all love so much.
Enjoy this week's round up and Buon Appetito!
My Choices for Top 10 Italian Recipes from Around the Web:
Meatball Soup or Cioarba di Perisoare - Ciao Florentina
Hearty Farro Soup - Cucina Panzano
Eating Grass: Agretti Frittata - Elizabeth makes even grass look delicious - Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
Cacio e Pepe Gnocchi with Dried Jewish Prosciutto - Fabiolous Cooking Day
Costolette di Maiale ai Funghi (Pork Chops with Mushrooms) - Pork chops, cream and mushrooms, enough said - Memorie di Angelina
Italian Carnival Fritters with Ricotta and Chocolate - Bristol Warren Patch
Torta di Rose (Cake of the Roses) - Aurelio Barattini
Alessandra's Crostata - Touching farewell and classic recipe - Ciao Chow Linda
Ligurian Pasta Style with Genoese Pesto - The best pasta shapes to serve with Pesto from Liguria - Beautiful Liguria
Falling in Love with Italian Gelato - Information on Italian Gelato and a book giveaway - Becoming Italian Word by Word
Venice's Back Alley Wine Bars - BBC Travel with Lonely Planet
The Rialto Fish Market in Venice in Photos - Gourmantic
Dulcet Tones - Where to find all the sweets in Rome - Eleonora for The American in Italia
Pizzarium 2 Il Ritorno - A trip to the reopened Pizzarium in Rome with mouthwatering photos - Senza Panna (in Italian)
Mostra Mercato - Winter Food Market in Umbria - Italian Notebook
Seeing Umbria Chiaramente - Great piece on Umbria and its wines - Tom's Wine Line
Top 10 Traditional Foods of Sardinia - Charming Italy
Maiale in Pentola (Pork in a Pot) - Rowena gives a photo taste from a pork festival in Northern Italy - Rubber Slippers in Italy
Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy:
Taste in Viaggio con la Diversita del Gusto - March 12 to 14 - Florence - Stazione Leopolda will hold the 6th annual food festival. Also during the week, Fuoriditaste will be held in other locations throughout the city of Florence
Sagra della Seppia - March 13 to 20 - Pinarella di Cervia - The seaside town near Ravenna celebrates seppia
Cioccolosita (Chocolate Festival in Tuscany) - March 11 to 13, 2011 - The town of Monsummano Terme, near Pistoia, hosts a chocolate festival and brings chocolatiers from all over Italy with samples!
Carnevale di Venezia - February 26 to March 8, 2011 - A magical event that I would recommend attending at least once in your life, the entire city of Venice becomes a stage
CioccolaTo 2011 - March 25 to April 3 - Chocolate festival in Turin
Cisterna Wine Expo - April 16 to 17 - The town of Cisterna di Latina outside of Rome hosts the wine-expo and tastings
Vinitaly 2011 - April 7 to 11, 2011 - International wine festival in Verona
CousCous Festival - September 20 - 25 - San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily
Chiacchiere for Carnevale - Guest post for Napoli Unplugged