It is globally known that Italy has got a millenary culinary tradition.
It does not matter the city you choose for your holidays: from the north to the south, each of them will delight you with their typical dishes, rich in flavours and story will be impossible to resist. And Sorrento Peninsula is not an ecception!
Olive oil, lemons, dairy products and tomatoes are some of the basic ingredients of Sorrento’s culinary tradition, simple dishes but extremely genuine can be prepared just combining them.
Let’s start from Olive Oil.
First cultivations of olives go back to Greek Era; Greeks were the first to discover the extraordinary qualities of our oil, now certified DOP (protected designation of origin). Our Extravirgin Olive Oil will enrich all of your dishes, making them unique and impossible to resist whether you use it to cook or taste it on a simple slice of bread.
Visiting Sorrento’s countryside you will notice the typical “pagliarelle”, made with straw and wood, supported from chestnut poles to protect lemon trees from weathering.
Sorrento’s lemon IGP (Protected Geographic Indication), also known as “Femminiello” for its typical shape, appears already on some paintings in the Archeological Sites in Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is undoubtably the most famous product of the agricultural production in Sorrento Peninsula: marinated anchovies, peppered mussels, risotto, salads, the famous “Delizia al Limone”, chefs never stopped experiment new ways to use it, makeng our dishes richer in flavours and colours.
Provolone del Monaco.
“Provolone del Monaco” cheese is another excellence from our land. The name seems to come from a particular story: during rainy days, when delivering at naples port, cheesemakers used to cover their head with canvas bags, this is why they looked like hooded monks.
The special trait in Provolone del Monaco cheese is milk that has to be (20% minimum) from a given kind of cow, the Agerolese.
The taste, more spicy or salty, depends on the maturation period going from 4 month to 2 years.
Sorrento’s Tomatoes are big and round, red coloured with green shades when harvested. The pulp is delicious, with its sweet and delicate flavour.
It seems that this kind of tomatoes arrived here from the USA at the beginning of the past century, when traders selling lemons bought the seed.
Summer is tomatoes season and they are especially used together with Mozzarella cheese, basil and olive oil to prepare a simple, fresh and quick dish: Caprese Salad.
Tomatoes sauce is also used everywhere. With the famous “Gnocchi alla Sorrentina” for example, the “Scarpetta” (clean the plate with a piece of bread) will be the perfect conclusion for a perfect first course.
What to eat in Sorrento, typical plates.
Apart then Margherita Pizza, some other very well known plates are Spaghetti with Zucchini and “Mozzarelle in Carrozza”.
Spaghetti with Zucchini are also known as “Spaghetti alla Nerano”, the place where they were invented. There is a secret in the recipe and it could be in the mix of cheeses, but the restaurants owners keep it hidded!
Mozzarelle in carrozza are like a sandwich with mozzarella cheese coated with eggs and then fried in hot oil, delicious!
Best second courses are for sure the ones made with fresh fish. You can not finish your meal here without a “Delizia al limone”. It is a typical cake made with pan di spagna, lemon cream and Limoncello.
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