Caprese salad (Italian: Insalata Caprese, meaning “Salad of Capri”) is a simple salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil. It was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish) unlike most salads.
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Food from the Med include Italian, Spanish, Greek and from Portugal. It also include many of the smaller island countries such as Malta. This huge region of cooking is diverse and even covers many Arabic influences due to historical events. So it is not just pasta, pizza,tortilla or hummus. As rich as the day is long let us see how many wonderful dishes we can serve up for you.
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Below are a few Italian food words with English translations.
Zafferano: saffron Zampone: sausage-stuffed pig’s foot Zenzero: ginger Zeppole: a fried pastry Verdure: green vegetables Vitello: veal (calf)Vongole: clams Taralli: round sweet or savory biscuits Tonno: tuna Torrone: nougat-type candy Torta: tart Salso: salt Saltari: sauteed Salumi: collective name for salami and similar cured meats Salvia: sage Sambuca: a colorless liqueur made from anise San Giuseppe: Saint Joseph Sarde: sardines Scaloppine: thinly sliced meat Sedani: celery Ragu: meat sauce for pasta Rapini: another name for broccoli rabe Ribollita: Tuscan bread and vegetable soup Ricotta: a fresh, mild cheese Ripieni: stuffed Riso: rice Risotto: rice cooked and stirred with broth until creamy Rollatini: small stuffed meat rolls, sometimes in a sauce Romano: a hard Pecorino cheese Rosmarino: rosemary
Rustico: country-style Pecorino: sheep’s milk cheese Peperoncini: dried red chiles Pesto: a sauce from mashed ingredients, usually basil Piccante: spicy