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New Sicilian Menu At Cicchetti

Strong flavours and seafood make July's ‘Giro d’Italia’ menu

Published on July 3rd 2013.

New Sicilian Menu At Cicchetti

SAN Carlo Group’s celebrity chef Aldo Zilli has launched a new regional feature menu ‘Giro d’Italia’ (journey through Italy) at Cicchetti. Each month features a different region of Italy, exploring its unique culinary specialities through strictly authentic dishes and seasonal ingredients flown in from that area.

The combination of powerful sun and rich volcanic soil means a wonderful variety of crops can be grown, all with a pure, intense flavour

Last month's hit menu focused on Abruzzo. July's menu promises to be just as popular as Aldo Zilli and Cicchetti head south to Sicily, the largest Italian island and birthplace of San Carlo group chairman Carlo Distefano.

Feasting is an important part of Sicilian life, and celebrations with great food and wine are used to mark all life’s milestones. The home of citrus fruits and olives, the produce in Sicily is abundant. The combination of powerful sun and rich volcanic soil means a wonderful variety of crops can be grown, all with a pure, intense flavour.

Sicily is also an important wine region. Sicilian vines account for 17.5 per cent of the national total of Italian wine, and together with Puglia, Sicily is now the largest producer of Italian wine in Italy.

Commenting on the launch of the July menu, Aldo Zilli said, “This month sees us journey through Sicily, known for great seafood and strong flavours, Sicilians are passionate about their food and none more so than our very own chairman Mr Carlo Distefano. I hope you’ll join us this month to sample the real taste of Italy and some of the dishes which led Carlo to develop his lifelong passion for great food.”

Available seven days a week during July only, the Sicilian menu is a must for foodies.

For dinner reservations call San Carlo Cicchetti on 0161 839 2233. sancarlocicchetti.co.uk

Giro d’Italia Sicily Menu by Aldo Zilli for Cicchetti

Pituni alla messinese 

Fried stuffed pizza with sausage and strong Sicilian cheese

Carpaccio di polipo al pistacchio

Octopus carpaccio with pistachio and Sicilian spicy orange dressing

Calamari ripieni all norma

Stuffed calamari with salted ricotta, pine nuts, capers and anchovies in

Sicilian roasted tomato sauce

Bucatini al finocchio selvatino e sarde

Wild fennel and sardines with bucatini pasta

Braciole di maiale nero dell’Etna

Paillard of black pig from Etna cooked on lava stone with aubergine and mint

Pesce spada al salmoriglio con caponata all’agrodolce

BBQ swordfish Trapani-style with sweet and sour caponata

Pesche dell’isola, al marsala

Sicilian peaches with almonds, marsala wine and homemade ice cream

White wine recommendation: COLOMBA Platino

Elegant and fresh, this is one of the great, classic Sicilian white wines. Produced from Insolia grapes this white wine has unique qualities of aromatic delicacy and intensity and is a pleasantly fruity wine with character. Excellent served with shellfish and seafood.

Red wine recommendation: Nero d'Avola 

Named after Avola in the far south of the island, Nero d'Avola is the most important red wine grape in Sicily. A full bodied, ripe and juicy red packed with black cherry fruit and hints of pepper, Nero d'Avola also contributes to Marsala blends.

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