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Travel to Italy Without Leaving Your Kitchen

Cancelled or postponed travel plans this year? Haven’t we all. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the culinary delights that you would have been experiencing. In this episode of Mon Verre in Europe, we’ll be taking you through all the best that Italy has to offer without stepping foot outside of your kitchen. In this guide we’ll be sharing our favourite recipes, the ultimate antipasto, the playlist to set the tone, and the perfect glassware to enjoy along with it.

The Tools: Personalised Cheese Board by Lottie & Liv

Along with being able to personalise with the name of you and your loved one, this board is 25cm in diameter, so it’s big enough for plenty of meats, cheeses, olives, breads and just about anything else you could want for your antipasto platter. This board also acts as a Lazy Susan, so you can access your spread’s goodness no matter where at the table you’re sitting.

If you need some inspiration on what to include in your antipasto? Head over to Eataly who have put together the perfect guide for a mouth-watering start to your night.

The Food: Handmade Fusilli with Eggplant, Basil and Tomato Sauce from Italy on My Mind.

It would not be an Italian dinner without a delicious pasta dish. If you have not come across Paola Bacchia of Italy on My Mind, please do yourself a favour and head on over to her Instagram account @italyonmymind for beautiful, mouth-watering Italian recipes. It was hard to pick just one recipe to share, because she has so many, but we thought this recipe would be the perfect comfort food during this lockdown period (for our Melbourne readers!).

Now that you probably have a bit more time, we thought making pasta from scratch would help fill the quarantine hours. Your handmade pasta along with this flavourful, robust eggplant and tomato sauce is the perfect comfort food to get you through this lockdown in the colder months.

The Drink: 2018 Koerner ‘Nielluccio’ Sangiovese

Sangiovese wine is the most popular, and important, wine variety in Italy. This may be the fact that it pairs perfectly with tomato, which is a staple in the Italian diet. With its violet and cherry flavor, as well as its vibrant acidity, a beautiful Sangiovese wine will be sure to enhance the beautiful flavours of your homemade pasta.

We have chosen the 2018 Koerner ‘Nielluccio’ Sangiovese. This critically acclaimed wine is from Clare Valley in South Australia, giving us the gift of Italy from our own backyard. The Wine Front notes this wine as
Quite edgy, perky, crisp, slightly mentholated over red berries, sweet peppery spice, paprika, a little meaty edge. Juicy sort of feel, frisky, yet a sheath of fine tannin holds things to account. It feels bright, lively and succulent. Tannins stellar, pronounced, slightly gummy but very pleasing. Youthful expression.
Now if this doesn’t sell it, we don’t know what will!

The Glass: Nero Stemless Wine Glass

You’ve got Italian wine and the perfect Italian feast, now you need the perfect glass for it. Our Nero stemless wine glasses are made in Italy, so are perfectly in theme. They are designed for everyday and every night, making them the perfect glass for your lockdown night in. The wide bowl and tapered rim allows plenty of aeration, concentrates delicate aromas and showcases the bright, rich fruit of your Sangiovese (and any red wine).

An added bonus: they are made with eco friendly crystal glass, made for commercial grade washing. So, you best believe you can put them straight in the dishwasher after you will polished off a bottle or two.

The Music: Italian Cooking and Dining Playlist by Jessica Nguyen

As a home cook herself, Jessica Nguyen knows how to cook Italian food, so she created the perfect playlist that will really transport you to the hills of Tuscany.

Now lights off, candles lit, wine poured and playlist on. Settle in and enjoy a night in Italy.