But a taste of la dolce vita doesn’t have to mean dishes high in carbs and heavy with cheese. Modern Italian cuisine is characterised by light, fresh dishes that marry perfectly with the contemporary trend for low-carb eating and healthy diets.
Swapping pasta for spiralised ‘courgetti’ is a great option that works in many vegetarian, low-carb and gluten-free dishes. Serve with pesto and pine nuts, with optional strips of chicken breast.
Fresh, vibrant Italian salads are simple, quick and high margin – perfect for spring and summer. Try adding traditional classics like a Caprese salad to the menu. Use sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with a little sea salt, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, or some lemon-infused oil. Add rocket for a more substantial dish that makes a fantastic light lunch.
Inspire customers to explore a wider variety of Italian cuisine, with enticing dishes that showcase fresh fish, meat and vegetables and flavours such as lemon, basil and oregano.
Prep Premium’s flavoured and infused oils make it simple to add an instant burst of fresh Italian aroma and flavour to lean and healthy foods, with flavours such as basil, lemon, garlic or fiery chilli.
Serve mixed olives with a little Prep Premium basil-infused oil and a twist of black pepper, or, for a flavoursome and vitamin-packed take on the traditional appetizer, try a juicy pepper and tomato bruschetta.
Chargrill, skin and slice some red and yellow peppers, then grill chopped, juicy tomatoes, garlic and shallots, drizzled with Prep Premium Garlic Infused Olive Oil. Serve the mixture on wedges of toasted, crusty white bread.