A prosciutto feast and Taste Italia

Whenever I am around food I am at my happiest; nothing can be more pleasing than the sight of beautiful, freshly prepared rustic and tasty food. It kind of warms the heart, lifts your mood. Food is one of the greatest gifts of life.

Do you know the feeling of being in the right place at the right time? That’s how I felt at “Taste Italia” an Italian food fair I recently visited in London.

There was lots of prosciutto and I could not take my eyes off it. I kept munching from stall to stall going from savoury to sweet, from sweet to savoury then from savoury to sweet again. Later, I actually felt ashamed by how greedy I was. But only later though..when my belly was nice and full.

slicing ham

I met “Salumificio Leoni” a family run producer of Italian cold meat cuts which makes many types of prosciutto, like culatello, a delicacy made with the best part of pork’s leg. Ham marinated in balsamic vinegar and various types of pancetta, one flavoured with chilly which I found particularly interesting. All lovely meats, for a perfect antipasto or to fill a good hearty panino.

Continuing my tour I loved the many types of salami, particularly the spicy ones, I loved Nduja a spicy spreadable pork sausage typical of Calabria

Β salame

And then a magic vision before my eyes: tararallini with pecorino cheese.. I literally dived into that!

tarallini and cheese

A taste of fried vegetables in a light tempura batter was interesting, especially if served with white wine. They are very popular for aperitives in Italy. I particularly love the fried courgette flowers.

fried vegetables

I love these cute tortellini of different colours.

colouful ravioli

A grab of these fab gianduiotti came at the right time when the urge for something sweet was almost driving me insane

Gianduiotti Italian chocolate

And the feast continued.. could you say no to these??

cakes with strawberries

And greedy me I ended my binge by sinking my teeth into two of these Sicilian cannoli. The soft, perfumed creamy ricotta filling was to die for. In Italy we say “Mangia e muori”, eat and die. And these literally took my breath away as they were so exceptionally good.

Sicilian Cannoli

Sicilian Cannoli

The “Salumificio Leoni” kindly gifted me with a selection ofΒ  their fab prosciutto to take away;Β  so the feast continued at home the next day. With the addition of some olives, tomatoes and grissini I made the perfect starter.

Two days of authentic happiness,Β  I would not have swapped it for anything else.

Italian ham feast

Italian ham feast

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6 Responses to A prosciutto feast and Taste Italia

  1. gloria

    All look amazing!
    I love prosciutto!
    Lucky you:)

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Mamma mia che meraviglia! Volevo trovarmi li con te a gustare tutte queste prelibatezze! Un abbraccio!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida, Delizioso! How wonderful that you were able to attend this food fair, in London. I don’t blame you I would have done the same thing, sampling every single booth. Love prosciutto and all of your samples that you showed us. The prosciutto looks a little different from the kind we have here in the states. Love the salami and the cheeses too. Then you passed the chocolate booth and I just wanted to reach into the bowl. But the best to me was passing and sampling the desserts. Wow! The Sicilian cannoli would be my choice of desserts. Yummy! You are very lucky to have been given an outstanding plate of goodies to take home. Now that’s Italian… Thanks for sharing…Have a wonderful and fun rest of the week! Dottie πŸ™‚

  4. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    What a feast!!! I would have done the exact same thing as you at each and every stall. There are so many things I haven’t had in years and years how could I possibly stop myself!!! Oh the prosciutto, and the salami! I would dive into the tararallini with pecorino cheese and drown, lol…But I would pop right up just in time to stuff myself with as many cannoli that would fit in my mouth!!!

    Oh Alida, thank you so much for letting us tag along:) Now I am famished!!!

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    What an amazing food fair…… I wouldn’t have felt guilty in the slightest…… and when I had got to the end I would have gone round again!

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