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Italian theme dinner party

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littlerose12345 Wed 02-Nov-16 11:20:20

Looking for inspiration, what would you love to eat at an Italian theme dinner party?

GuessHowMuchILoveGin Wed 02-Nov-16 20:36:56

Chicken cacciatore (baked chicken pieces in a herbs tomato ragu) and polenta with tonnes of butter and cheese in.

Proper homemade tiramisu with real coffee and a healthy amount of alcohol in. Made with marscapone and eggs and none of the cream that's in the shop bought ones.

Sadly I can have neither of these as am dairy free thanks to refluxy DD. So I am living life vicariously through your dinner party.

SecondaryQuandary Wed 02-Nov-16 20:37:52

Wild mushroom risotto
Italian leaves with ex v oo and Belazu balsamic
Italian cheeses eg Dolcelatte etc with Bolli crackers, figs, Muscat grapes

And shedloads of Barolo

Yummmmmmm. Let me know what time you want me.

Allalonenow Wed 02-Nov-16 20:43:47

Italian dinners have a slightly different course structure to UK dinners, so if you are following the Italian or the UK pattern would influence what dishes you cooked.

DustOffYourHighestHopes Wed 02-Nov-16 20:54:34

Mine would be v 70s and totally inauthentic.
- avocado, mozarella, tomato salad. V ripe tomatoes, nice olive oil and fresh basil
- carbonara or risotto. Plenty of pancetta and cheese basically.
- tiramisu (as poster above said, too much booze and caffeine. Also genuine Italian fingers.)

HeyMicky Wed 02-Nov-16 20:57:28

Prosciutto and melon
Tagliatelle with wild boar ragu
Rabbit, polenta and vegetables

WhisperingLoudly Wed 02-Nov-16 21:02:23

Really good tomatoes and burratta or figs and goats cheese depending on time of year, followed by spaghetti Vongole.

The starter would have been so delicious and plentiful that I wouldn't do a main course.

Jecan Wed 02-Nov-16 21:08:53

We were in southern Italy in the summer & meals were something I never fully understood.
There seems to be antipasti, then a first main course which was pasta then the second main which was meat or fish with more pasta then there were pizzas. We never ordered every course - the house antipasti was enough.
I'd love to know how to make that type of food tho - was all so fresh & simple

loinnir Fri 04-Nov-16 15:59:24

All baout the quality.

To start a few little dishes - maybe some really good olives, some bresola or San Daniele ham, chargrilled atichokes, bit of ciabatta.

Main: homemade ravioli with pumpkin and sage or baked seabass and salsa verde or pappardelle with cavolo nero (or other simple pasta dish)

Dessert: a few italian cheeses or a lemon polenta (not traditional I know)cake or some Vin santo and a Cantucci biscuit

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