Small plates dining is all the rage today, whether it’s Spanish-style tapas or increasingly Italian-style “cicchetti”. Cicchetti is actually a specialty of Venice, Italy, where locals love to enjoy an early evening cocktail or glass of wine with delicious small plates and snacks.
But there’s no need to travel all the way to Venice if you’d like to enjoy cicchetti yourself. With “Cicchetti and Other Small Italian Plates to Share”, authors Lindy Wildsmith and Valentina Sforza have put together a wonderful collection of unique and tempting Italian tastes you can easily prepare at home.
Concentrating of course on the specialties of Venice, the book includes delicious recipes spotlighting seafood, meat, vegetables and cheese. Prepare fun and tasty treats for your next party like Hot-Smoked Trout and Mustard Bites, Nectarine-marinated Scallops with Lime, Sweet and Sour Pumpkin, or Carpaccio of Beef with Asiago Cheese. But the book also features small plates and snacks from all around Italy as well: You can try Cocoa-Dusted Baby Onions from Abruzzo; Pan-Fried Black Olives from Calabria; Mini Calzoni from Campania; Chick Pea Fritters from Sicily; Pancetta and Rosemary Pancakes from Umbria.
Beautiful photos of the food—and the landscapes of Italy—will make reading this book feel like a trip to the country itself. This is a great book if you love to entertain and are looking for some new dishes to prepare are your next cocktail party. They’re a big hit every Christmas season when I host an Italian-themed party in my own home! (See photos of some of the dishes I’ve prepared above including Eggplant Fritters, Baccala (Salt Cod) Salad, Sarde in Saor, and Fried Baby Artichokes.) If you love beautiful, useful and unique cookbooks then this is definitely one to add to your collection.Buy Now