June 21 marks the beginning of summer . The days get longer and the desire for fresh, colors and flavors becomes more and more.
Therefore, why not tease our taste buds with the best summer flavors: Tomatoes, aubergines, basil, figs, melon, zucchini flowers.
All in season now can be cooked in many ways.
But, if we combine them with the best Italian IGP products, what a Yummi!
Buffalo mozzarella from Campania region, the top extra virgin olive oil from Liguria , the carpaccio di bresaola produced in Valtellina. Prosciutto San Daniele and Parmesan cheese, in addition, are just to name a few.
Combine this delicious ingredients and become a chef for a day.
Here the list of our favorite summer dishes:
Firstly and definitely, a very classic snack beloved by Roman people is the Pizza, ham and figs (Pizza Bianca, Prosciutto e Fichi). This recipe is amzingly mixing salty and sweet flavors. Perfect pairing wine is a sparkling lambrusco, Bonarda or a Franciacorta Saten.
As apetizer, perfect quick lunch, likewise a side dish or whenever you like, Caprese salad will never disappoint you. Especially if you choose top quality Mozzarella and very good tomatoes. If you think this is an ancient local recipe you’ll be surprised to learn is certainly not. Tomatoes, just to clarify, arrived in Europe only after 1500 from Southern Americas. Pair this dish with a glass of Prosecco or a DOC Garda.
On the other hand, is not Summer without Ham and melon (Prosciutto e Melone) . This is another recipe that plays on contrast of flavors, sweetness and salty. Let’s pair this dish with a glass of Fiano di Avellino or Frascati Superiore.
Ten minutes to prepare something to bite? Panzanella is a rescue-remedy. Just focus on Extra-virgin olive oil and let your fantasy find your own style. Let’s match with a glass of Trebbiano bianco from Tuscany.
Similarly Bruschetta is a simple but delicious way to welcome someone at your table.
Seasonal main course
Do not miss the season to try one of the top baked recipes above all: Eggplant Parmigiana . This amazing dish is a complete meal in a plate. Try it with a glass of Aglianico Taurasi.
On diet or super-fit crazy about fitness? This recipe will provide you taste and a boost of proteins Carpaccio of bresaola, rocket and parmesan is one of the most favorite summer combinations. Meanwhile you taste it, let’s try a glass of Ribolla gialla, success guaranteed.
Everybody knows this: Fried courgette flowers (Fiori di Zucchina Fritti) is a must to try when in Rome. The delicious recipe will perfectly match with a glass of Franciacorta Rosè or a Spumante Rosè Oltrepò Pavese.
In conclusion, if you do not find in this list the your favorite italian summer dish, come to Italy to discover and taste the boast of the local cuisine.