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An Italian Cheeseboard inspired by the flavors of Florence.
Last year my husband surprised me with a cruise to the Mediterranean, and one of the ports of call we visited was Livorno, and from there we took several forms of transportation and ended up in Florence, the capital city of Tuscany.
Florence is the home of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo, and the Medici family. A
While in Florence, aside from enjoying the sites and culture we got to eat too. Because when in Italy you need to
The Beauty of Florentine Cuisine.
The Florentine cuisine is simple and abundant with local produce, mellow cheeses, and grilled meats. White beans cooked with sage and olive oil are a staple dish among with beautiful wines and best homemade bread.
The restaurant where we decided to eat lunch was Verjus Boccadama;the menu showcased local, seasonal offerings. Our first course was an Italian cheeseboard for two with fontina cheese, local honey, walnuts, slices of the sweetest cantaloupe, pears, and oranges.
We visited during the summer, so the fruits and veggies were all summertime harvest. The pairing of the ripe fruit with the cheese, and the honey along with homemade bread was a delight.
Florence and it’s proximity to the farmland and vineyards allow the restaurant chefs to embrace the farm to table concept by building their food offerings based on what is available locally and the seasons.
Romantic Wine Tasting at Home.
Inspired by the flavors of that Florentine appetizer, I created an Italian Cheeseboard to reminisce on the incredible trip we made to Italy.
My version for the Italian cheeseboard includes fontina and provolone cheeses, honeycomb, crostini, seasonal fruits, nuts, salami, and olives. The wine pairing is a chilled Italian Pinot Grigio to go along with the food.
We do not realize, but traveling has helped us to create so many memories together; and understand that even when we are not visiting other countries, we can use that experience to relive those special meals and moments at home.
Make the Italian Cheeseboard at home!
Italian Cheeseboard for Two
- 6 slices fontina cheese
- 6 slices provolone cheese
- 6 slices hard salami
- 6 crostini toasts
- 1/2 cup Mediterranean olives garnished with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and oregano
- 1/2 cup unsalted almonds and pistachios
- 1/3 cup honey and pieces of the honeycomb
- 2 mandarins
- 2 Opal apples
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- Slice the cheese and the salami. Place it in a serving plate or slate board. Serve the honey on a cup and add crostini to the board.
- Season the olives with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix and garnish with dry oregano and plate on a small bowl.
- Finish the board adding unsalted almonds and pistachios and a handful of fresh blackberries. Add to the table set up the apples and the mandarins along with small plates.
- Pair the Italian Cheeseboard with chilled Pinot Grigio.