Incorporate Fruit into Your Summer Salad

When the weather warms up, the food gets lighter. Salads are the perfect choice for the hot summer months, whether you need a quick lunch or a refreshing dinner after a long day. It’s easy to get into a salad rut, using the same combination of ingredients over and over, but it’s important to remember that there are all sorts of additions you can make to ramp-up your salad game.

Making use of fresh summer fruit is an especially good idea. Not only will doing this completely change the flavor of your go-to salad, but it will add extra nutrients to your daily diet. A few ideas to get you going in the kitchen are featured next:

Lemon– A freshly squeezed lemon over your salad definitely gives off summertime vibes. However, it’s important not to overdo it. If you’re serving a salad, put out a fresh bowl of lemon halves or place it to the side of each dish. At Strega Prime, we’ve incorporated lemons into our dressing, and our arugula salad features poached pears; an excellent balance of bitter and sweet flavors.

Oranges – It doesn’t get much more summery than oranges. Often used in Asian-inspired salads, oranges can actually be integrated into numerous salads. Whether you’re looking for a south-of-the-border flavor or a garden salad, adding hints of oranges adds a truly unique flavor.

Figs– Although figs might not be your go-to summer fruit, they are absolutely delicious in salads. Paired with arugula, Prosciutto di Parma, gorgonzola, and a lemon-pepper vinaigrette, figs add the perfect level of sweetness to an otherwise savory meal. Remember, the riper the fig, the sweeter the taste. If you prefer a slightly bitter edge to your fruits, consider using figs that aren’t quite ripe.

Blueberries – Blueberries can be added to just about any salad for a burst of summertime flavor. One great combination is to add these berries, whole or sliced, to a spinach and grilled chicken salad topped with fennel. Pair your salad with a delicious red or white sangria, both are packed with fruit.

Enjoy a Summer Salad at Strega Prime

Strega Prime offers a variety of summer salads for all tastes. Although we specialize in Italian fare, our staff is happy to make any substitutions or additions you desire whenever you dine with us. Next time you’re craving a salad on a hot day, join us for a light meal made from the highest quality fruits and vegetables in the region.

Don’t forget to sip on one of our summer cocktails with your salad, including our Apple Terrier with Copper Dog Scotch, Apple Liqueur and Ginger Beer. Our Strawberry Fresca is another popular option that consists of Don Julio Blanco, Muddled Strawberries, Lemon Simple Syrup and Sprite.

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Hidden Secrets of Traditional Italian Desserts

Italy is famous for more than pasta and wine. The nation’s desserts take the cake (literally and figuratively) for both locals and travelers alike. Although many try to mimic traditional Italian desserts, there’s just nothing like the real thing. As you read this guide, you’ll discover a few of the secrets that make authentic Italian desserts so irresistible to people around the world.

Tiramisu – Tiramisu is, perhaps, the most well-known of all desserts that have Italian origins. Tiramisu was first made in northern Italy, where some of the best tiramisus in the world can still be found. This decadent dessert involves coffee-dipped finger cakes layered with a mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs, and sugar. Some bakers add a bit of almond or hazelnut liqueur to their recipes. These key ingredients change the taste of this famous dessert just a bit, making it even more delicious.

Panna cotta – The literal translation of panna cotta is “cooked cream,” which is exactly what the base of this traditional Italian dessert is. The cream is mixed with sugar and gelatin, then left to chill until it becomes solid. While the general recipe for pannacotta is the same throughout Italy, many bakers add their own secret ingredients to this indulgent dish.

Popular additions to the pannacotta mixture itself are coffee grounds, vanilla bean extract, or nutmeg. Others prefer to keep the pannacotta conventional, instead of adding their special touch in the form of a topping, such as caramel drizzle or chocolate sauce.

Gelato – Gelato, or traditional Italian ice cream, is a creamy treat that is served throughout the nation of Italy. All gelato has the same base of sugar, cream, and milk (no egg yolks like most American ice cream), but there are a variety of special ingredients that can be added to this dessert.

Many gelato shops offer their own unique flavor combinations, which may include spices or chunks of fresh fruit. You can even try making your own gelato with your personal favorite ingredients at home. A fun fact: traditional gelato isn’t served with an ice cream scoop, but a garden spade.

Join Us for Italian Desserts at Strega Prime

At Strega Prime, we strive to bring authentic Italian fare to Massachusetts daily. Whether you’re interested in joining us for a full meal or simply to test our dessert menu (our tiramisu is excellent!), we can’t wait to provide you with a wonderful experience.

From our Profiteroles with cream and chocolate to our mouth-watering Spumoni our desserts are rich in flavor. For those of you who don’t desire chocolate, come indulge in our Signature Cake; a blend of cacao and dulce de leche.

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Best Side Dishes to Have with Your Steak

When we think of steak, one of the first phrases that pops into our head is most likely “steak and potatoes”. Whether those potatoes are mashed or roasted or au gratin style, they seem to reign supreme as the ultimate side dish. Steak and potatoes is the classic and delicious pairing, however there are some side dishes that take the original potato-based sides to a new level. There are also some alternative and albeit, just as delicious ways we can pair steak with an amazing side dish.

  1. Truffle Fries

France and Belgium are very famous for their dish, “steak frites”, which is essentially a piece of steak served with French fries, so this pairing has been around for quite a while. Having these two foods that complement each other works out perfectly, because, after you finish eating the steak, you can sop up all those delicious, flavorful juices with the fries. By elevating these fries and adding the luxurious flavor of truffle, this pairing is an absolute match made in heaven.

  1. Asparagus

This is a lighter alternative to potatoes that really packs a flavor punch. Asparagus is a powerful vessel for all sorts of flavor. Typically, it is roasted or grilled with just salt and pepper, however, by adding garlic and/or red chili flakes, it really helps to heighten the flavor of not only just the asparagus, but also the main dish (in this case, we’re talking about steak).

  1. Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

With its creamy, hearty flavor, risotto is the perfect side dish for someone who wants a full-on hearty dish. The risotto itself provides a rich, velvety texture that lends itself well to meats, such as beef. On the other hand, the mushrooms provide an earthiness that really pulls this dish together. Add a glass of red wine, and you have the perfect meal.

  1. Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese, like risotto, provides a rich, creaminess that perfectly complements a hearty piece of meat. This side dish is not for the faint-hearted, as it creates an incredible counterbalance for the steak and sometimes adds a crunchy textural component to the dish when there is a crispy topping.

  1. Creamed Spinach

Similar to the asparagus, spinach adds a vegetable element to the dish, which can help lighten it. However, adding cream to said spinach really gives you the best of both worlds. You get a nice, light vegetable flavor, but then you also get the decadent and luscious texture from the cream. This side dish can sometimes be underrated, but it helps to tie a dish together because of its versatility.

Ready to dig into a Petite Filet or Dry-Aged Ribeye? Book a table with us today and choose from one of our many side dishes.