Monday, October 18, 2010

Out of the Kitchen

There haven't been any new posts for the last two weeks because I've been enjoying real Italian cooking in Turin and Liguria, and Provençal cooking on the Cote d'Azur.

Manorola, Cinque Terra
Of course there were a couple of pizzas, lots of pasta, lots of local wine, a real homemade tiramisu, spicy sausage, local olives, and the aperitivo.

The aperitivo is a Turin institution featuring a drink and some little bites to eat at around 7:00 pm. In many places, those little bites become a complete buffet of tasty offerings. One of the best places we encountered was at Cafe Roberto where you can pile your plate high and get a drink for the princely sum of 7 euros. It included everything from grilled eggplant, variously flavoured focaccios, fritatas, pastas, and risottos to desserts that incuded tiramisu!