I have many happy memories from childhood - and food played a big part. Long meals enjoyed around the table at home, and family visits to a local trattoria or simple pizzeria. Sharing plates and running around between courses.
Home-made gnocchi and polenta with spezzatino in Trentino, or spaghetti with frutti di mare in Liguria. Simple dishes made by a cook our family had known for years.
The culinary habits of Italians have changed very little in the last century. We continue to eat locally and seasonally – enjoying the specialities of the region and supporting local farmers..
Fortunately, in the last ten years, this approach has become increasingly popular throughout Scotland, with many small and local food growers providing a wide range of excellent products to their communities. Scotland is blessed with all the raw ingredients.
Italba provides me the opportunity to work with these local farmers, to create beautiful, seasonal dishes with food that I feel passionate about. Of course, there are some Italian products that are impossible to source locally, and for those ingredients, I rely on the best suppliers from my homeland.
Italba really is a truly Italian - Scottish food affair.