My love for Italian food has been rekindled by a week of skiing in Italy. Of all the dishes I ate whilst in Cortina the simplest were always the best and most memorable.
It is unfortunate that gnocchi is often forgotten about in favour of pasta – gnocchi is not only more versatile but has a more interesting texture and flavour and can be paired with a myriad of sauces.
Suffering from severe post-holidays blues, gnocchi al Pomodoro was the ideal thing to cook – simple, delicious and quick. Pomodoro sauce is great with spaghetti and is good for simmer poaching eggs too!
Gnocchi Al Pomodoro
1 Tsp Tomato Purée
1/2 Medium Onion Finely Diced
1/2 Tsp Thyme Leaves
1 Garlic Clove Sliced
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Tsp Sugar
Handful Basil Leaves Chopped
Juice 1/2 Lemon
Handful Freshly Grated Parmesam
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1) Make the sauce: Sweat the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the passata, tomato purée, thyme and sugar and reduce over a medium heat for 5-10 minutes until reduced by one third. Season to taste. Keep warm.
2) Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of salted water, draining when they have floated to the top of the pan. Reserve a little cooking water (3 Tbsp) and add to the sauce.
3) Stir the drained gnocchi through the sauce and transfer to serving bowls. Top with some chopped basil, grated Parmesam, black pepper and a little lemon juice before serving.
It has never crossed my mind to review a takeaway, but after ordering from La Favorita I had to share. Mounting deadlines and an increasing workload are my usual excuses to order takeaway – more often than not something I regret! This time was different.
La Favorita (part of the family owned Vittoria Group) is a famed log-fired pizza restaurant which is very popular in the capital. Although I have never dined in the restaurant (at Leith Walk) I sampled their delicious pizzas at a music festival – freshly prepared and cooked in their converted van! When I heard they were doing home delivery I jumped at the chance!
A scaled down ‘courier friendly’ version of their restaurant menu offers a great selection of starters (hot and cold), pizza, pasta and homemade desserts. Their fantastic website offers a pre-order facility – which I would recommend using as I hear things can get pretty busy.
Pizza Zia Rosa
Pizza Zia Rosa. A beautifully crisp base, impossibly thin in the middle with a slight chew – just as it should be. A classic topping of tomato, mozzarella, roasted chicken, sweet italian peppers and cherry tomatoes. The pizza was delicious – just as I remembered it. Fresh and surprisingly light.
Arancini di Rosa
Arancini di Rosa – crisp risotto balls filled with mincemeat, mozzarella and tomato. Crispy and delicious with a deep, rich flavour. A serving of two is a meal in itself, but perfect for two as a starter.
La Favorita has changed my opinion of takeaways. Deliciously fresh food delivered straight to your door (and on time) – there is little more you could wish for! For those lazy nights, La Favorita is my new takeaway of choice.
La Favorita Delivered
Food (For two): £18.90 (Inc £2 Delivery)