The most celebrated, and anticipated day of Love is around the corner, and almost time to be wishing your sweetheart a Happy Valentine's Day, or if you want to be authentic to origin, you will say "Buon San Valentino".
In Italy, it is also known as "La Festa Degli Innamorati", meaning "The feast of Lovers". One of the simplest and most romantic gestures is spending time preparing a meal for your sweetheart. And as such, our gift to you is a scrumptious 3-course recipe, a gift that keeps on giving.
Fortunately for us Southern Hemisphere dwellers, Valentine's Day falls during the Summer, perfect for outdoor dining. So, whether you are taking to your balcony, porch, garden, or indoors, we'll ensure Summer on your plate with the dishes we have got lined up.
First course is a simple Caprese Salad, consisting of juicy tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, Olitalia Extra Virgin Olive Oil, seasoning, and last but certainly not least, Dal Molise Mozzarella di Bufala, made from the milk of buffalo, which is softer, creamier and more flavouful, making this an essential decadent element to the dish. And, if you're wanting a sweet-tangy contrast, we have included a balsamic reduction as an optional component, as it is not used in a traditional Caprese Salad.
As a main, we have decided to go with a light dish: grilled salmon steaks in a lemon, garlic, and rosemary marinade.
To end with a sweet note, and in keeping with the Summer theme, we have a beautiful treat for the eyes as well as the palate: Grilled peaches with ricotta and honey, topped with edible flowers, crushed biscotti and almonds for taste and texture. You could substitute the ricotta for a vanilla gelato, or mascarpone cheese, if desired.