Summer Italian starters

Summer is here and the heat is going up! Best thing to do? Lots of shower and….fresh healthy food: plenty of fruits, vegetables and salads. You can find many suggestions about healthy food, so here we’ll focus on Italian healthy food!

If you visit Italy during your holiday, and if you do come and join us for a Florence Food Tour, you will notice how many fresh and healthy Italian starters are in the menu! The famous bruschetta (to be pronounced as if there was a “k” after the s please), caprese salad, taglieri and cheeses. Here we offer you some hints for some original and yet very Italian tasting appetizers!

Prosciutto e melone

Cantaloupe  and ham is just a classic! Here you go with the amount for around ¾ people. The real challenge here will be to find

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1 cantaloupe

7-8 slices of sweet Italian prosciutto crudo (i.e.San Daniele)


Cut the cantaloupe in slices, dispose on a pate with few slices of ham! As easy as this, as tasty as it can be! You can play a little bit with your creativity and create shapes with your slices in circle or spiral!


Grilled zucchini and aubergines with olive oil and garlic

2 big aubergines

4 zucchini

Olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Balsamic vinegar



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Cut the aubergines in slices of around 1 cm and the zucchini just a little bit thinner. Place a grill pan on the stove (or use a real grill if you have and you can) and start grilling the slices of vegetables on both sides. The timing depends on the heat of your stove/rill. When you see that also the visible side of the slice is becoming light brown it is time to flip it.

In the meantime you can start preparing the vinaigrette. In a bowl, mix around 8 big spoons of olive oil with a spoon of balsamic vinegar, add some chopped parsley, a pinch  of salt and the sliced clove of garlic.

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Once the slices of aubergines and zucchini are grilled, place them in a deep food tray trying to form layers (as if with a lasagna) and pour a bit of vinaigrette on each layer. Add also a sparkle of sweet red chilly and some parsley on the top layer.

Enjoy your summer Italian starters! Stay fresh and come and join us our Food Tours if you want to find out more!


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