Simple enough for a weekend and tasty enough for a party… Shrimp with Crispy Pancetta, Tomatoes and Rosemary!
A good friend of mine is planning her first trip to Italy and so we’ve been talking almost non stop about it during our weekly walks. We’ve talked about the climate, what to see and do, what to pack and of course… the food!
All this talk brought to mind one of my favorite things I discovered on my trip to Italy – Venetian Cicchetti. Cicchetti are small, appetizer bites that one enjoys with a glass of wine at various bacari (local bars) throughout Venice either at lunch or during “happy hour”. Incredibly civilized, don’t you think?
Offerings are as as varied as the bacari themselves – tidbits of seafood, shellfish, meatballs, cheese and crostini of all descriptions may be on offer with many bacari’s specializing in several different types. If you find yourself in Venice, I highly recommend that you forgo a traditional dinner and instead “graze” your way through the canals of Venice.
Upon returning home, I started researching recipes for some of the Cicchetti we had on our trip – one of my favorites is this Shrimp with Crispy Pancetta, Tomatoes and Rosemary. Meant to be served as a snack with a glass of wine, I’ve found it to be an incredibly versatile recipe – which is one of the things that I love about Italian cuisine. Serve this Shrimp with Crispy Pancetta, Tomatoes and Rosemary with a glass of wine before dinner or as a main dish served with either some good bread for dipping or over pasta or zucchini noodles. It’s quick, easy and delicious.
With the weather beginning to turn from summer into fall, it bridges that gap in being light but with enough “heft” to satisfy those beginning cravings for heartier fare. So sit back, pour a glass of wine, and you might just convince yourself your are in Italy when snacking on these fabulous shrimp – Salute!