The Secret of Italian Cooking
Italian cooking is known around the world for its amazing flavors, health benefits and delicious tastes. It’s a perennial favorite and inspires many foodies to travel to Europe to taste the flavors for themselves. Research has even shown that a Mediterranean diet, like the one eaten traditionally by Italian families, has heart-healthy benefits as well as a host of other well-documented health advantages.
You don’t have to buy a villa in Naples to enjoy the goodness of this style of eating, though. A few tweaks are all it takes. Just add these ideas to your menus, and you’ll be amazed at how well you eat:
Fresh and Local Is Better
Italian food is based on local, seasonal ingredients, such as olive oil from the local olive groves and pine nuts from the trees in that region. Rather than buying pre-packaged foods and processed items, Italian cooks shop at local markets, buy in season or even pick ingredients right from the earth.
When you cook local and fresh, the flavors are much richer. While Pennsylvania might not have olive trees, we do have entire farmer’s markets of fresh foods to explore. Try incorporating a few of those fresh items into this week’s menu.
The Best Ingredients Matter
In Italy, cooks may travel to another city to pick the best olive oil or may pass down the secrets of the best wild mushroom spots from generation to generation. Wilted produce, older fruits and under-ripened vegetables don’t have a spot on the table. Rather, the attention goes to the starring ingredients such as garlic, basil, pasta, tomatoes and vegetables.
Try looking for the best of everything and really get to know where your food comes from. You’ll be able to taste the difference.
Beauty Is Important
La dolce vita is the idea of a life of pleasure, and that certainly means the sheer joy of eating. Serving food on beautiful plates, outdoors or in beautiful surroundings is part of the culture in Venice and other parts of the country.
Variety Adds “Spice” to Food
There is a range of scrumptious food in Italy, and diners are willing to try a range of items, from different pasta dishes to seafood and mushrooms. Try a new dish or a new twist on your dishes to follow suit.
The People You Dine With Are as Important as What You Eat
Italians often eat in groups, and part of the enjoyment of a meal is the conversation, time spent together and the laughter.
If you want to experience the excitement of this type of cuisine, try the new dining experience at Bricco. PASTO DI FAMIGLIA is our Family-Style Dining experience. Book a table of two or more. The entire table shares the food, and you’ll get to enjoy an Italian-inspired eating experience without the need for a plane ticket.