Locavorism is not a novelty in Italy; it is a way of life. The trend of eating local and from farm to table became increasingly popular in the last few years, but in most places throughout Italy, if it isn’t in season, you’re not going to get it. On our most recent adventure to Sardinia, we found that a lot of restaurants only served a few items which were freshly caught hours before or arrived in wooden crates from nearby farms. A few times we ignorantly tried to order off the menu and were briskly informed that it was not in season or not today’s catch, but we were happily rewarded with fresh, succulent, and flavorful finned and shelled critters from the sea.
A predominant theme was the simplicity in the cuisine, and the integrity with which the chefs prepared the seafood. Most fish and seafood were simply grilled or if tossed with fresh pasta, swam gently in a light garlicky oil, or with diced sautéed tomatoes. Nothing was overtly complex, and the gifts of the sea were showcased in their purest and most delicious forms.
Picnics are always a must on our trips and we always find a way to seek out the markets and local specialty stores in order to properly provision. We were also able to sample some incredible sheep’s milk cheeses, charcuterie, olives, juicy and delectably fresh produce; and what’s a picnic without an incredible view.
Check back soon for inspired dishes and nutrition tips from our Mediterranean expedition.