Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Festa della Repubblica

Today was a gloriously sunny summer's day in fair London town - so, instead of struggling to get onto a flight to Italy, I celebrated Italy Day, in convivial company, in the elegant setting of Belgrave Square's Italian Cultural Institute.  Piedmont-based, third generation family-run company, Sacla, organised a sparkling event to showcase the festivities and to toast the launch of their Wild Garlic Pesto, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Butternut Squash & Parmesan Risotto.  The lucky guests (including Andrew Neil, Peter York, Jan Leeming and Lawrence Dallaglio) were treated to a stunning (and seemingly endless) array of wondrously delicious canap├ęs - encompassing Sacla's quality products, produced by virtuoso Italian chef, Valentina Harris.

The new risotto products were transformed into delightful (and totally non-greasy) arancini and mini risotti; the classical pesto shone through in tempura-battered sage leaves; the wild garlic pesto subtly enhanced daintily-rustic broad bean and pecorino crostini.  As if that weren't enough, we sipped on refreshingly summery Prosecco rosato and rounded-off the evening with magnificent award-winning Oddono icecream - the pistachio with caramelised figs, chocolate chips and walnuts is a joyously tantalising taste experience. Not to forget the chocolate finale, in the cute themed box, by Baruzzo (pictured above).  Complimenti ed Auguri! 

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