Dessert

Summer Salad: Strawberries with Balsamic

There’s nothing quite like a fresh spring berry to add a punch of sweetness to any dish. With the bounty of fresh produce coming from the garden this time of year, we have a special fondness for salads in spring. For those of you who, like us, don’t always have the strongest sweet tooth we recommend turning these sweet, springtime delights into a tangy, savory salad for dessert. Salad? For Dessert? Trust us–once you try this rich, flavorful dish you’ll never think of salads (or strawberries) the same way again! As simple to make as it is delicious, this Italian take on a fruit salad is the perfect treat for breakfast, dessert, or your next cookout. Next time you visit Via Umbria, pick up some fresh organic strawberries and a bottle of our finest balsamic glaze so you can whip up this salad at home.

You will need:
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/2 red onion diced small
1 bunch basil (chiffonade)
Balsamic Glaze (try Antichi Colli)
Parmigiano Reggiano

How to make it:
Slice fresh strawberries and mix in diced onions. Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze and top with shaved parmigiana. You can plate it beautifully like we did, or just dig in and enjoy!

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Our Italian Library

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Join us with this new blog series, Our Italian Library, as we read and collect the best books about Italy on our shelves!

 

When you are lucky enough to get your hands on an advance copy of a biscotti cookbook, there is nothing to do but push aside all other work, get yourself an authentic Italian biscotti, and some Venetian coffee, and read.

Today marks the release of the new book “Ciao Biscotti” by Domenica Marchietti, a delightful cookbook chronicling Italy’s favorite cookie. We loved Maerchietti’s previous cookbook, Rustic Italian, which we stock in our Georgetown store. We were curious to see what this book contained in its pages!

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Delivering up a myriad of flavors, this book leaves no biscotti stone unturned. While suggesting the normal combinations of chocolate, citrus, and nuts, she also ventures into the savory biscotti territory, with unexpected flavors like Sun Dried Tomato and Fennel, and Mountain Gorgonzola and Walnut. Who knows if they will hold up once we make them, but they look pretty dang good on the page!

She also includes drinking pairings, from specific wines to lattes to inventive coffee liquor drinks.  Which makes us wonder…could we go through an entire day eating and drinking nothing but biscotti and their liquid compliments?…

Stop by the store and get your hands on this adorable, brand new book! Or, if your not the baking type, then come by and pick up a bag of one of our dozens of types of biscotti, which we’ll gladly crack open with you over a cup of coffee.

 

— Via Umbria

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  Join us with this new blog series, Our Italian Library, as we read and collect the best books about Italy on our shelves!   When ...

usa

 

Join us with this new blog series, Our Italian Library, as we read and collect the best books about Italy on our shelves!

 

When you are lucky enough to get your hands on an advance copy of a biscotti cookbook, there is nothing to do but push aside all other work, get yourself an authentic Italian biscotti, and some Venetian coffee, and read.

Today marks the release of the new book “Ciao Biscotti” by Domenica Marchietti, a delightful cookbook chronicling Italy’s favorite cookie. We loved Maerchietti’s previous cookbook, Rustic Italian, which we stock in our Georgetown store. We were curious to see what this book contained in its pages!

IMG_2459

 

Delivering up a myriad of flavors, this book leaves no biscotti stone unturned. While suggesting the normal combinations of chocolate, citrus, and nuts, she also ventures into the savory biscotti territory, with unexpected flavors like Sun Dried Tomato and Fennel, and Mountain Gorgonzola and Walnut. Who knows if they will hold up once we make them, but they look pretty dang good on the page!

She also includes drinking pairings, from specific wines to lattes to inventive coffee liquor drinks.  Which makes us wonder…could we go through an entire day eating and drinking nothing but biscotti and their liquid compliments?…

Stop by the store and get your hands on this adorable, brand new book! Or, if your not the baking type, then come by and pick up a bag of one of our dozens of types of biscotti, which we’ll gladly crack open with you over a cup of coffee.

 

— Via Umbria