The week in Italian food has a nice roundup of recipes. Pasta recipes for orecchiette, ravioli and lasagna for primi piatti. For secondi, there are few traditional dishes - polpettone, porchetta and stoccafisso. We have more than a few dolci, including a sweet bread and sweet story from Perugia. Eating Italy includes food finds in Tuscany, more about pizza lessons from Bonci in Rome, a "nonstuffy" guide to ordering wine in Italy along with tales and tips on eating & drinking in Todi, Verona, Puglia and Sicily.
On a side note, except for Italy on a Plate, I've been a little absent due to an unplanned and last-minute trip over the last few weeks. Now, I'm back in my own kitchen and with my computer. You can be sure the week will be full of food & travel in Puglia, Provence and Paris. I will also have Pugliese pasta and Nutella recipes coming up at the end of the week - World Nutella Day is next Sunday, you know!
Enjoy this week's roundup of Italian food & buon appetito!
My Choice for This Week's Top 10 Italian Food Recipes from Around the Web:
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage and Tomato Pesto - Italian Food Forever
Mushroom Lasagna - Ciao Chow Linda
Ricotta Ravioli & a Kitchenaid Giveaway - Bell' alimento
Polpettone al Forno - Napoli Unplugged
Porchetta - Italian Notes
Italian Rice Pudding Tartlets - Jul's Kitchen
Pears Poached in a Tuscan Red Wine (Pere Martine al Toscana Rosso) - The Front Burner
Il Torcolo di San Costanzo - A sweet bread and a story from Perugia - Anne's Blog
Marmellata di Mandarini: A Winter Ritual - Z Tasty Life
Top 25 Tuscan Food Finds - Emiko Davies
The Battle of The Baccala - History of baccala in Italy and some regional dishes - Freya's Florence
How to Order and Enjoy Wine in Italy (Nonstuffy Traveler's Guide) - Walks of Italy
Passion for Pizza: Bonci - Over a Tuscan Stove
10 of the Best Places to Stay, Eat and Visit in Verona - The Guardian
Happy Hour Bars in Florence - Nile Guide Florence
Todi: In the Land of Grechetto - Umbria on the Blog
Il Leoncino - Pizza in Rome - Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
A Perfect End - All about Vin Santo - The American in Italia
Modica and the "Dark Chocolate" - A little history about chocolate in Sicily - Sicily Lovers
Upcoming Food and 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!