Top 5 Meals You Must Taste in Sorrento
When planning your dream holiday to Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, I am sure one of the first things you are looking forward to apart from the breathtaking views and Italian lifestyle is the delicious food. The tradition behind cookng in Sorrento and the neighbouring towns have deep ancient roots and each family treasures their own secret recipe passed down by generations, from apetizers and fried delicacies to home made pasta and cakes. Most products commonly used can be found throughout the year such as Mozzarella cheese, dried tomatoes and of course pasta, but others are only available in specific seasons such as local vegetables, seasonal produce in Sorrento varies by its growing conditions and the weather. Whether you’re visiting in June or January, in Summer or in Winter these are the top 5 dishes you absolutely must try to truly experience the taste of Sorrento.
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
Gnocchi allla Sorrentina | Photo Credit: iFood.it
Perfect as your Sunday meal, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is simple in preperation and spectacular in taste. This version of Gnocchi is well known in the region of Campania and is typically made from fresh, local grown products. Just a few ingredients are needed to make this delicious meal: boiled and mashed potatoes, flour, water or egg and a pinch of salt, and it’s usually served with fresh tomato sauce, fior di latte or treccia local cheese, basil and a sprinkle of parmesan to finish. Once all the ingredients have been added, the dish is cooked in the oven for 15 minutes on grill until the cheese has melted and until you cannot resist the delicious aroma anymore.
Spaghetti alla Nerano
This delicious dish is made up of Courgettes, Basil, Black Pepper and a mix of different cheeses that varies by the taste and preference of the Chef that cooks it, but Provalone from Monaco is the most famous cheese used in this recipe. The real recipe is a true secret and and if you try to reproduce it the exact way it is served in Nerano, the small town where this dish originates from, it is almost impossible! Its creamy but at the same time consistent with the basil as a reminder of a ripe summer morning. Spaghetti is the perfect mach to this amazing dish. Al dente obviously!
Spaghetti alla Nerano | Photo Credit: Giallo Zafferano Blog
Scialatielli alle Vongole
The “Scialatielli” are a type of pasta typically found in the Campania region, and in particular, in the Sorrento Peninsula and Capri, they are more thicker than tagliatelle and are great for dishes with sauce. Generally this pasts is used with fresh fish, in this case clams are used and as for the grated cheese used to sprinkle on top, the scialatielli takes on an even more intense flavor if you use a seasoned goat or pecorino cheese instead of the classic Parmesan. This pasta dish gives you the true taste of summer in Sorrento.
Cannelloni | Photo Credit: La Cucina Italiana
This dish reminds me of family gatherings at home or out at a restaurant, for special occasion or also just for the pleasure that the taste gives you. Cannelloni consists of Mozzarella, Ricotta, Eggs, Basil and lots and lots of parmesan all layerd in sheets of home made pasta and served with a fresh tomato sauce after being cooking in the hot oven for around 20 minutes to allow all of the ingredients to blend and mix together, creating that delicious taste.
Ravioli alla Caprese
When preparing this dish, even the shape of a single Raviolo reminds you of the shape of the Island of Capri on a calm and clear morning, and the taste is as delicious as the island is beautiful. Ravioli are made from a few simple ingredients: flour, hot water, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Mixed togheter then rolled into thin strips, on top spoonfulls of a mix of grated caciotta di Sorrento ( ideally of the day before), eggs, parmesan and marjoram are placed well separated from the other and then covered with another strip of dough and finally cut with a pastrycutter. Ravioli alla Caprese is served with a simple sauce of fresh tomatoes and topped with basil and parmesan. Delicious!