Created in the eastern Sicilian city of Catania, Pasta alla Norma is quintessential Sicilian cuisine. While the recipe may vary depending on the household, the core ingredients of this classic remain the same: eggplant, basil, tomatoes and a wonderfully salty ricotta salata.
Bouquet of the Mountains
Delicate earthy forest aromas give way to deep nutty, woodsy flavors that elevate your favorite creamy risotto. Add Porcini mushrooms (boletus edulis) to a classic gorgonzola polenta, use to enhance a bechamel sauce, or make into a pesto to top your favorite crostini.
In the summer months wild porcini mushrooms rise from the humid forest floors of the Apennine mountains in northern Italy. Foragers hunt these earthen treasures with a keen eye trained to spot disturbance in the soil or mossy cover. For only a short season do these mushrooms emerge above ground offering their umami riches for any who looks down to seek them out.