Summertime means enjoying a lot of refreshing salads and seasonal vegetables, especially our beloved juicy tomatoes. You’d be surprised how many of these recipes originate from Italy, especially Naples and Campania. To celebrate the season, we’ve decided to dedicate our first Cuisine of the Month blog series to this pivotal area of Italy and the amazing food it gives us!
Sitting in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Naples and the region of Campania are some of the earliest settlements in Italy. The rich, fertile soil and mild climate allow the region to produce much of the food for the country, including some of Italy’s most notable dishes. We’re talking about lemons and delicious vegetables, particularly tomatoes!
There are a few foods in particular that are grown and used in Campanian recipes. The oval-shaped San Marzano tomatoes grow in the volcanic soil on the southern slopes of Mt. Vesuvius. They’re thin-skinned and perfect for sauces. You can also find plenty of seafood and a variety of cheeses, including ricotta, and mozzarella di bufala, a soft, creamy cheese made from the milk of water buffaloes.
We owe a lot of our meal kit items to this region of Italy. See if we mention your favorites below!
Pizza Margherita – True Neapolitan pizza is pizza Margherita, which features pizza dough made from a specific recipe with 00 flour, San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella di bufala, and fresh basil leaves. This special dish is under Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) – “controlled and guaranteed designation of origin” in English, which acts as a seal of authenticity from the Italian government. When you eat pizza Margherita, you’re enjoying a real slice of Italy!
Caprese Salad – Literally meaning “Salad of Capri,” this dish marries tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil to create a light, savory meal. Featuring the colors of the Italian flag, a true Caprese salad is dressed only with olive oil, salt, and pepper. We substitute mozzarella with burrata and dress our Caprese salad with olives, peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette to give it a unique flavor.
Our Pasta – Pasta in Campania typically means spaghetti or paccheri. We infuse our paccheri noodles with tomato powder and serve it with butter roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, stracciatella, and mint. As for spaghetti, we love whipping up one of our signature dishes, black spaghetti, which is infused with squid ink and served with clams, shrimp, scallops, and salmon roe.
Don’t let summer go by without enjoying a real taste of Italy. Order one of our meal kits to enjoy with your friends and family today!