We are launching a new series here at Our Italian Table. We have long held a desire to truly study the unique, diverse regions of Italy which have come to be shaped by forces and shifts in climate, location, people, history and even technology. We have visited or at least driven through almost each of the 20 varied landscapes with each region offering its own diverse palate of culinary delights. As our travels through Italy continue to broaden, transform and deepen our respect for this magical place, we hold close the lessons and traditions learned with each and every passegiata through the country. And with this in mind, we are launching our new series….wanderings. Each month, we will focus on a different region of Italy. Please join us at our table as we learn, cook, drink and share our wanderings whether they have been in person or from our comfy armchairs….
And so we begin! With chilly temperatures covering much of the northern hemisphere, we thought it fitting to start with one of the more northern climes, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the region with the difficult-to-pronounce name that has seen its borders invaded time and time again. Its unique and savory cuisine is heavily influenced by its northern neighbors Austria and Slovenia. Joey and Mark have had the opportunity to visit this region a few years back and I will leave it to them to talk about their wonderful trip as our first post. We are in good company in this region as the famed chef, Lidia Bastianich, hails from this area. Look for posts over the coming weeks on this wonderful region perched on the Adriatic and its unique and diverse cuisine.