The Flavors of Italy

Dishes and cuisine inspired by the classic flavors of Italy.

Fig, Goat Cheese, Pistachios w/Honey Crostinis

Appetizers & Condiments
Fig, Goat Cheese, Pistachios w/Honey Crostinis

Here’s a quick & tasty appetizer that’s sure to make a palate happy that enjoys these flavors. In fact, it is so quick and easy it really doesn’t even need a recipe!

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Meyer Lemon Olive-Oil Cake
with DIY Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil

Desserts
Meyer Lemon Olive-Oil Cake with DIY Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil

A rustic, subtle flavored dessert with a delicate crumb texture. This is not a sweet cake. It doesn’t need sugary icings or any kind of silliness like that. A light sprinkle of powdered sugar is more for aesthetics than anything else.

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Baked Rigatoni al telefono with Smoked Mozzarella and Aubergine/Eggplant

Autumn
Baked Rigatoni al telefono with Smoked Mozzarella and Aubergine - Eggplant

This is a quick pasta dish to make with few ingredients but with delicious traditional flavors. The smoked mozzarella is not to be substituted! You’ll enjoy that its a meatless dish.

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Grape Focaccia – Schiacciata con L’uva

Appetizers & Condiments
Grape Focaccia - Schiacciata con L'uva

Grape Schiacciata con L’uva is a traditional bread made during the Tuscan grape harvest. Adorning this Tuscan-themed focaccia with both red and dark purple seedless grapes made for a seasonally gorgeous and tasty flat bread.

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Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Almonds

Breads & Quick Breads
Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Almonds

This is a fantastic recipe for a coffeehouse-type muffin. It’s not a sweet muffin, but it has a great texture, moist, crunchy topping and lovely delicate flavors of lemon and almonds. The use of almond extract in combination with the fresh lemon juice and zest that you use is a tasty compliment.

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Rustic Italian: Plum-Almond Cake – Torta Di Prugne E Mandorle

Desserts
Rustic Italian: Plum-Almond Cake - Torta Di Prugne E Mandorle

There’s a hint of lemon, then there’s the sweetness from the plums and then a subtle texture and sweetness of the cake’s topping that incorporates a small amount of sugar and generous helping of slivered almonds. This Plum-Almond Cake is sure to be a favorite and comes from the new book “Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian: Simple, Authentic Recipes for Everyday Cooking” by Domenica Marchetti.

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Risotto Caprese (risotto with tomatoes, basil & fresh mozzarella)

Flavors of Italy
Risotto Caprese (risotto with tomatoes, basil & fresh mozzarella)

This risotto dish not only includes classic flavors by using fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, it’s aesthetically inviting from the bright red tomatoes, specks of green, fragrant basil and small gobules of melted cheese. Add even more mozzarella and basil if you enjoy the combination of flavors.

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