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Celebrate the warmth and joy of an Italian summer at Bella Italia: chance to win a £250 voucher NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 28-Jul-16 10:43:59

One of our Mumsnet Family Friendly members, Bella Italia say "Italians are known for enjoying the good things in life- savouring the things which really matter: family time, relaxation, sunshine and of course great meals cooked with great ingredients! At Bella Italia, we share this passion, and you can now get a taste of the Italian summer with our new menu.

Start your meal with our Taste of Italy Antipasti platter with cured meats from the north and south of Italy and enjoy it over a lovely glass of Aperol Spritz. Our new Salmone Limone pasta, is the perfect summer dish, made using pasta from Italy’s oldest pasta maker, the Agnesi family, and it’s their craft which you can enjoy in many of our pasta dishes. To top it off, add a little sunshine to the end of your meal with our delicious Limoncello meringue pie."

Check out their new video here:

To celebrate the new summer menu - share on this thread what your favourite Italian summer dish is - add your favourite(s) to this thread and you will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £250 Bella Italia voucher smile wine

Bella Italia are also giving you the chance to create lovely family memories at Bella with their fabulous Kids Eat Free offer - get your code here

In bocca al lupo

sharond101 Thu 28-Jul-16 12:27:01

I can't say I have a favourite but anything eating as the Italians do, relaxed, chilled out and al fresco suite me. lovely homemade bread with dipping oils and some Italian antipasti would work really well on a hot summers day.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Thu 28-Jul-16 13:11:48

Prosciutto with melon or, even better, with fresh figs is divine in warm weather as a light lunch or a first course for a relaxed evening in the garden.

I simply adore vitello tonnato, so I'd have to have that next, then a platter of beautiful Italian cheeses with a digestivo.

gillyweed Thu 28-Jul-16 14:11:24

Got to be ice cream, or more precisely gelato! Washed down with an ice cold glads of prosecco, outdoors, early evening sunshine! Belisimo!

GinBunny Thu 28-Jul-16 14:18:27

Crusty bread dipped in olive oil and vinegar, fish baked in foil with fennel and tomatoes followed by a huge bowl of tiramisu.
All washed down with an ice cold Pinot Grigio of course!

lionheart Thu 28-Jul-16 14:18:42

Carbonara in any variation.

starlight36 Thu 28-Jul-16 14:48:54

Spaghetti al vongole served with a cool glass of dry white wine and lots of sunshine!

ZenMom Thu 28-Jul-16 14:54:14

You can't beat a very simple and authentic bruschetta - lovely ripe tomatoes and lots of basil and olive oil bellisimo!!

MiddleClassProblem Thu 28-Jul-16 15:30:40

Love a vongole in summer although I never cook it myself. Love different salads in summer from beans to adding goats cheese and fruit along side a frittata if I'm whipping something up. Also love a BBQ!

Grumpyoldblonde Thu 28-Jul-16 16:25:58

No favourite, just Italian food on the whole is my favourite (and Italian wine)

noeuf Thu 28-Jul-16 16:26:01

Blimey I can't choose.
I love carprese, so fresh and light. Maybe in the Summer sitting outside.
But I think parmigiana done really well is gorgeous, as long as the aubergines don't take over!
And rice ice cream to finish...

MiddleClassProblem Thu 28-Jul-16 16:31:24

Missed the Italian part (tired mum brain)! Vongole still stands. Love a caprese salad, bruschetta and a thin pizza with buffalo mozzarella and rocket. But nothing beats a tiramisu!

Risotto for me, please, ideally with asparagus, broad beans and artichokes in it.

NickyEds Thu 28-Jul-16 16:39:15

Panzanella, with really ripe tomatoes, good olive oil and fresh basil.

asuwere Thu 28-Jul-16 16:47:39

Carbonara, simple and delicious smile

shumway Thu 28-Jul-16 16:53:33

Pizza fiorentina.

Coconutty Thu 28-Jul-16 16:57:55

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Clodthumper Thu 28-Jul-16 17:27:34

I love courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta.

leccybill Thu 28-Jul-16 17:42:22

Anything with ricotta cheese, nice cold bruschetta on warm bread, homemade wood fired pizza, and of course lots and lots of gelato.
Oh my- I absolutely love Italian food.

allegretto Thu 28-Jul-16 18:20:35

Spaghetti alle vongole with lots of garlic and parsley - smells like summer by the sea!

CopperPan Thu 28-Jul-16 18:21:25

I love antipasto salad with salami, cheese, anchovies, asparagus, lettuce and olives. Gorgeous on a hot day.

hermancakedestroyer Thu 28-Jul-16 18:26:22

I also love ALL Italian food so finding a favourite Italian dish is tricky. I think I would have to go for pea and parmesan risotto. Yum

bettythebuilder Thu 28-Jul-16 18:43:39

I love Panzanella, it's a lovely summer dish and goes brilliantly with a barbecue. My friend gave me a recipe which I have stuck in my little cook book smile

MummyBtothree Thu 28-Jul-16 18:45:39

Tuscan style grilled tuna steaks with salad or a nice Carbonara smile

OhHolyFuck Thu 28-Jul-16 19:09:09

Antipasti, love the 'picky bits' idea of eating, very social and sharing

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