Italian Summer Menu

18 07 2009
Italy 2007 006

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Summer entertaining is meant to be casual and relaxed.  People sometimes get stuck in a rut when it comes to summer cooking, opting to do the same burgers, hot dogs and potato salad because they’re easy and familiar.  I absolutely love burgers and salad but sometimes it’s fun to try something new and different.  This Italian menu is perfect for entertaining because you can do a lot of the work in advance and I guarantee it will be a crowd pleaser.  Serve the main courses ‘family style’ on a buffet table to make things easy.

Italian Summer Menu

To Start…

Tuscan Lemonade

Mixed olives

Salted Almonds

Small squares of Tomato Tart with Herbed Ricotta

OR

Zucchini Blossoms


Main Dishes…

Bucatini Amatriciana

Gnocchi with Pesto

Corn and Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Grilled Italian Sausages

Italian Wines


To Finish…

Peach Tiramisu

Biscotti

Vin Santo

Espresso

For more great Italian ideas for the grill, see my write-up on Suite 101.com about chef Mario Batali’s cookbook Italian Grill.

Buon Appetito and Enjoy!

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