Pastas and Gnocchi of Italy

Originally posted in July 2011

A whirlwind account of my carb-filled week in Italy: pasta, more pasta, and gnocchi. Check out two different truffle pastas I had – the lunettes filled with ricotta and truffle, topped with more shaved truffle that I enjoyed in a Medieval village in Chianti was my fave of the two. Almost too rich… But was well complimented with a glass of Chianti Classico. The other was a late night snack on the streets of Rome.

The gnocchi with gorgonzola was a lunch time treat on my first day in Florence. I’ve never had it so perfectly cooked and the sauce was rich and flavorful, again great with a local red from Chianti.

My favorite among all of these pastas shown is the dish with small shells, roasted sea bass, cherry tomatoes and fresh rucola. I ate this sitting along the grand canal in Venice. The sweetness of the cherry tomatoes in Italy amazed me, and the flavour of the arugula was outstanding… So fresh and much more prominent than anything I’ve had in Canada.

It’s hard to keep up with the food I’m eating – more Italy posts are coming, then onto the seafood in Croatia I’ve been enjoying for the past three days!

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