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February
2012
02

Mangiare Sano, Mangiare Italiano (Eat Healthy, Eat Italian)

What do you picture in your head when you think of a Mediterranean diet, perhaps lightly dressed pasta with just a line of olive oil, fish, vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain bread dipped in extra-virgin olive oil, along with a glass of exquisite wine?

Residents of the Mediterranean region (Italy, France, Spain, and Greece) have enjoyed these delicacies for hundreds, if not thousands of years; a tasty combination of simple foods and mono-unsaturated fats (like extra virgin olive oil).  Growing up, this writer never thought of his eating habits at home as a diet plan; it was simply how things were done. It’s a way of life that apparently leads to long, healthy lives virtually free of chronic diseases.  For the past 50 years, scientists have studied characteristics of the Mediterranean diet and they continue to find additional health benefits; the simplicity and flavors of Mediterranean foods make having a balanced diet that much easier.

 Some of our patrons’ favorite menu choices favor this widely acclaimed Mediterranean way of life:
          Pasta di Mais con Verdura Tara ~ Gluten free and Vegan: corn pasta served with zucchini, roasted garlic, broccoli, summer squash and leeks.
          Branzino Siciliano ~ Broiled Striped Sea Bass over Sweet Peas Risotto, topped with chopped tomatoes.
          Cozze ~ Mediterranean mussels, simmered in garlic white wine broth, served with garlic bread.

Simply delicious, simply Italian ~ Buon appetito!

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