Culinary students in Brescia, Italy, respond to the question: “What recipe best captures the Mediterranean diet?”
Octopus salad. Once it’s cooked, the octopus is mixed with boiled potatoes, olives and parsley and seasoned with salt, balsamic vinegar and of course extra virgin olive oil.
A fish based dish. For example sardines with olives, tomatoes, lemon zest and thyme. It’s a very simple recipe but it embodies the main elements of Mediterranean cuisine.
Tuna carpaccio with raw pizzaiola. It’s made with tuna, tomatoes, olives, capers, basil and dill. In this recipe (as in the Mediterranean cuisine) the ingredients are respected and only slightly cooked, the original taste is preserved and enhanced with spices and herbs.
Cacio e Pepe. A rich and tasty pasta dish which is very simple to make. It only takes good pecorino romano cheese, freshly-ground pepper and last but not least very good quality pasta.
Giovanni Di Sabato