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Summer Entertaining with Pasta and Vino

Posted on 18 July 2017

We have combined 4 of our favorite summer recipes with wine pairings into a single blog for you.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Anna's Tomato Bowl

This is a special recipe for us because it was created by our 10-year-old daughter. She loves to help in the kitchen, and has even started preparing some of her favorite recipes for our family. One day she excitedly announced she had a new recipe idea, so she typed her idea and prepared it for us. To our delight, everyone in our family loved this light dish! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!




  1. Slice the top off each tomato.
  2. Scoop out the flesh, roughly chop and reserve for later.
  3. Cut sausages into small pieces.
  4. Cook sausages in a small pot over medium heat until cooked through.
  5. Once the sausage is cooked, add the extra virgin olive oil, broccoli and olives. Stir and cook until the broccoli is soft. 
  6. Turn the heat down to low. Add fresh basil and the flesh of the tomatoes to the mixture. Simmer and stir for about 20 minutes. Add more oil or water if the mixture becomes too dry.
  7. Scoop the mixture into each tomato and serve with warm bread and a salad.

Wine Pairing:

Tonnino Nero d'Avola is the perfect wine to pair with Anna's Tomato Bowl.  Like flavors complement each other, and in this case, the acidity of the wine creates a balance with the acidity in the tomatoes and blends nicely with the protein of the sausage.



Pellini Caffe' Alaska

Find a shady nook and indulge with this luxurious summer treat guaranteed to lull you into tranquility.



  1. Prepare espresso.
  2. Scoop gelato into an espresso cup.
  3. Pour the espresso over the gelato.
  4. Drizzle with the melted caramel.

Enjoy with fresh fruit or biscotti!


Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe was passed along by our friend, Mendi Goble. Featuring our Natura Amica Rigatoni and our Migliarese Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olives, it is a flavorful dish that will make an easy meal for those busy days.

Pasta Salad

Ingredients for Vinaigrette:

  • 1 package salad seasoning mix or your favorite spice blend
  • 1/8  cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Migliarese Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 t minced garlic

Ingredients for Pasta Salad:


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta to desired taste.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all the vinaigrette ingredients until well blended. 
  3. Combine all the pasta salad ingredients in a large bowl. Once the pasta is cooked, add to the bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and mix well. 
  5. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

Wine Pairing:

Italo Cescon Pinot Grigio lends itself well as an ideal wine to pair with our Pasta Salad. The fruity flavors of this wine cause the tangy nature of the vinaigrette dressing to take center stage.



Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Mulberry Sauce

 If you love the sweet and salty flavor combination, then look no further for a quick anytime appetizer to share with others or indulge in on your own. Try it as an aperitif with a wine like Cantine Montagna Sangue di Giuda for a fresh and crisp flavor. 





  • 12 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 4 pieces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup Migliarese Mulberry Jam
  • 2 T orange juice


  1. Cut each slice of prosciutto into three strips lengthwise. 
  2. Stuff each date with a slice of goat cheese.
  3. Wrap each stuffed date with a strip of prosciutto.
  4. In a bowl, combine the Migliarese Mulberry Jam with the orange juice. Mix well to thin the jam. 
  5. Arrange the stuffed dates on a platter and drizzle with the jam sauce. Pour the remainder of the sauce into a small bowl and serve alongside the dates, accompanied by fruit and assorted nuts.

Wine Pairing:

Cantine Montagna Sangue di Giuda (affectionately known as Blood of Judas) OR Italo Cescon Prosecco are equally as delectable with Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Mulberry Sauce.  Sangue di Giuda adds another layer of berries to complement the mulberry sauce as well as the creamy flavors of the goat cheese.  Equally as pleasing are the crisp apple flavors of the Prosecco creating a satisfying balance to the sweet and salty flavors of the dates and prosciutto.  Pick your passion.  Either wine is guaranteed to be a winner!


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