In Italy, the use of agrodolce
(literally sour-sweet) in dishes is common - often a simple combination of caramel and vinegar with herbs and spices to be drizzled over vegetables and cooked meats.
The Italian term agrodolce
means sweet and sour, and usually refers to vegetables that have been flavoured and dressed with vinegar -- which is what I've done here.
eu; open dinner only Monday to Saturday) is a good choice for seasonal cuisine that features tagliata di tonno con cipolla in agrodolce
(tuna with sweet and sour onion).
And tonno agrodolce
- a Sicilian dish that reveals the island's exotic past by combing tuna with onions, pine kernels and sultanas, tempered by a splash of reduced white wine vinegar - was a fine way to end the meal.
Hamilton's brilliantly written new memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, is rhapsodic about food--in every variety, from the humble egg-on-a-roll sandwich served by Greek delis in New York to more esoteric things like 'fried zucchini agrodolce
with fresh mint and hot chili flakes'--the book is hardly just for foodies.
Presenting his principles for a good meal as well as plenty of easy instructions and full color photos, dishes that are presented range from Chicken Wings Agrodolce
, Calabrian Wedding Soup, Grilled Swordfish, and much more.
New York's Beppe, in the Flatiron District, serves pan-seared black cod with an agrodolce
glaze, and San Francisco's Hayes Street Grill proudly announces on its website that "Steve Fitz, our sand dab fisherman, is able to fish again as a result of public outcry by restaurants, fish suppliers like Monterey Fish, and ocean environmental groups who have convinced regulators to allow his ecological Scottish seine technique to be exempted from a ban that affects the dab grounds.
My starter was cappellacci di crema di maiale, which is ravioli filled with lemon cream and pork ragu, followed by animelle di vitello in agrodolce
, which, translated, is sweet and sour sweetbreads.
These range from traditional products, such as artichokes and olives to delicacies such as Agrodolce
, which is a rice-based salad, and grilled vegetables.
For starters there is: pollo in salsa agrodolce
, bruschetta, mozzearlella, barbecued ribs in baked with oriental spices, prawn cocktail, polpette, calamari, melon victoria, garlic mushrooms and homemade chicken liver pate.
WARM CHICORY STEAK SALAD with AGRODOLCE
DRESSING SERVES 4/40 MINUTES An Italian sweet-and-sour sauce made with vinegar, honey, and raisins--agrodolce
, literally "sour/sweet"--softens the bitterness of radicchio and escarole.