Our blogger of the week, Meraid Griffin, has just returned from Italy and nominates her favourite Italian dishes. What are yours?
A typical Tuscan dish of freshly caught little fish, shrimps and squid coated in seasoned flour and fried. I had this in a restaurant in Porto Santo Stefano overlooking the sea, enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco. Finger lickin good.
Exploring Pisa on a rainy day in June, I wandered into the Osteria Del Tinti. Tucked down an alley, near the centre of town, this restaurant served typical Tuscan cuisine to a discerning Italian clientele. I eat mostly vegetarian and fish, but had to have this hearty meat dish and it scored highly. A bottle of Sangiovese suited the dish perfectly.
Served on board the classic yacht Eilean after a day’s racing, Stefano (fondly known as Chefano) dished this up for my vegetarian partner Dan. He fended off the meat eating contenders to save his fair share.
Thankfully priced at only 2 euro a scoop, I tried a new flavour every day. My favourite flavour was ricotta and fig. I’ve been cycling a lot to balance the effects of my over indulgence. Inspired, I made my first ever homemade ice-cream – Ricotta and Black pepper to go with my home grown strawberries. Thank you very much Italy.
As a dessert lover, I can rarely pass up the chance of a sweet something or other after a meal, but sometimes, too many courses camouflaged as tasty morsels beats me. So, the offer of a palate cleansing drink seemed like a good option. Oh my, it’s like whipped lemon snow, made with vodka, lemon gelato and prosecco served in a champagne flute. I had a second helping, just to be sure I liked it.
Do you have a favourite dish, discovered on your travels in Italy? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Meraid Griffin is a freelance writer brought up on the west coast of Ireland. In 2010, she went cruising on a small sailing boat and spent over a year travelling from Arctic Norway to Brazil writing about her adventures. Her twin daughters call her ‘Supergran’, a title she secretly loves.