Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods

Capers!

September 20, 2019 No Comments

Two standout dishes from our trip to Italy :  a roasted filet of fish, atop a puree of potato and olive oil, amalgamating with the juices of the fish and a pop of three or four salty green capers. Handmade pillows of potato gnocchi, filled with codfish, and lightly sauced with a fresh tomato, caper, and […]

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Crafting a Carpaccio

September 20, 2019 No Comments

At Ritrovo we have always emphasized the importance of simple local raw materials, seasonal produce and regional specialty ingredients. These are the foundations of the Italian way of eating, and our way of thinking. While putting together a light appetizer of bresaola carpaccio last week, we were reminded that carpaccio is one of the Italian dishes […]

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Macchia Mediterranea

September 20, 2019 No Comments

  This year we returned to the Tyrrhenian coast where we first fell in love with Paola Pescia’s array of amazing honeys. Each of his honey’s brings to the table a special flora of Tuscany, each one possesses the essence of a particular Tuscan terroir. And of these honeys – acacia, chestnut, corbezzolo, coriander, and […]

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Un gelato da Corradini

September 20, 2019 No Comments

Recently, there have been media accounts which have attempted to question the viability and economic sustainability of Italy’s iconic food ways. Though we know that the globalization of our food supply is ever-present, at Ritrovo and in Italy we work every day to keep these inspired and inspiring food ways viable. In Italy, you find […]

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A Simple Excuse for a Simple Feast

September 20, 2019 No Comments

Our good friends had just returned from Nome, Alaska, bringing back with them one of the bounties of the season: a fresh, Pink Salmon from the Summer run. The  perfect centerpiece for a seasonal feast, a sagra del salmone of sorts. Our part would be an appetizer and pasta dish. With the market full of […]

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A Night at Osteria Garibaldi in Cervia’s main piazza

September 20, 2019 No Comments

Chilled silver wine buckets, petite vases of white flowers, flickering votive candles, and lyrical French music drew us into Osteria Garibaldi on a warm Spring night in Cervia, a  favorite town of ours on the Adriatic Coast in Emilia-Romagna. The small tables tucked in one corner of Cervia’s ample main piazza breathed out romance and sociability across the space. […]

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Just Like Love

September 20, 2019 No Comments

A couple of weeks ago we were enjoying a romantic late brunch in Sonoma at The Girl and the Fig restaurant. A late brunch is a romantic event for us. A moment to sigh, catch our breath, and bask in just being together to converse and share the flavors of a meal and of love. […]

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Fancy Food Show 2016

September 20, 2019 No Comments

The Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco is one of our favorite Ritrovo moments of the year.  It has all the elements of a true “Ritrovo”: meeting in a special place (San Francisco), seeing familiar friends and getting time face-to-face with them (our long-term customers and distributors), and sharing great foods (our new and […]

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Sant’Agata Sui Due Golfi ai Due Modi – Two Ways

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For Ritrovo, one of the best ways to learn about Italy’s regional foods and recipes has been to get ourselves out and on the ground.  Visiting the regions, producers and farms, and taking in the landscape.  Of course in Italy, no matter how remote the location, an appetite-building stroll is always followed by a delicious, […]

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La Raccolta

September 20, 2019 No Comments

Our man Marcello has the good fortune of having relatives in Italy. On his most recent visit, he had an opportunity to visit a few of our producers. He was able to see their operations and to stay and work with them. He came away with many wonderful experiences, and has agreed to share a […]

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