Italians love to eat gelato any time of the day, but it is particularly popular at 4pm in the afternoon as a‘pick me up’ to get them through to dinnertime. Italians also love gelato any time of the year. It’s not just a summer treat but enjoyed regardless of the season.
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My passion for Italian cheese started many years ago when I was travelling around Northern Italy in my campervan. I couldn’t believe the bite and complexity of the pecorino, and the way parmesan matured over time. The way Italians serve cheese is so appealing.
A sense of generosity and hospitality is part of the Italian way and an integral part of the Yarra Valley. Italian heritage is in our produce, our wines and in our major tourism offerings. We will have one of Australia’s most highly regarded pasta makers Joel Valvasori-Pereza make a special guest appearance at Oakridge for our ‘Lulu La Delizia’ dinner.
My grandparents on both side of my family are Italian so I grew up with the Italian customs and way of life. The De Bortoli family comes from the Veneto region of northern Italy, north-west of Venice, at the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains. In Veneto, there is much love for gnocchi and risottos washed down with the local wine.
“The wine growing area of the Yarra Valley reminds me of the wine region between Florence and Sienna in Italy. The topography and aspects of the climate are very similar. There are rolling hills, and both wet and dry conditions during the year. It’s not crazy cold and the soil provides a similarly rich environment,” says Dino Giammarino, winemaker at Giammarino Wines. “These are great conditions for Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Fiano – Italian varietals that I am passionate about introducing to more people in Australia. I make all my wines from my heart.
It’s official Australia’s best new sparkling wine lives in Melbourne’s stunning Yarra Valley.
A glass of Rochford Pinot Noir with a Margherita pizza – that’s my preference. The two make perfect companions. The simplicity of the combination is the reason why it’s so good. A quality cheese, fresh basil, the wine. It’s what Italian food is all about.
My passion is to see people enjoy pasta with a smile on their face. Simplicity and abundance are words I use often when I talk about ways to eat fresh pasta. I believe the pasta should be the hero. Simple accompaniments like a quality olive oil, fresh herbs from the garden, a grating of good parmesan. Let the ingredients speak.
I just love seeing the 'a-ha!' moment when people realise how achievable vegan Italian really is.
Reading aloud in Italian brings the language to life. Italian Family Storytime will be a chance ot listen to familiar stories told in Italian.