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Italian Fall Recipes

Instead of letting your kitchen grow dull and repetitive this fall, why not plan for new ways to keep the chilly months warm and full of hearty spice? At Via Verdi, we love to spruce up our favorite classic Italian dishes with seasonal fruits and flavors. Read below for our most cherished fall recipes, and then select a few to try out yourself.

10 of our Favorite Fall Italian Recipes

  • Fennel Gratin

Fennel makes for so many cooking options! During the fall, we suggest pairing with meats and mellow red wines.

  • Gnocchetti Sardi with Sausage and Saffron

There is no comparison for the smoky richness of sausage’s flavor cooked delicately with Gnocchetti Sardi and saffron’s luring aroma. Try this dish for an Italian lunch on a chilly day in September.

  • Mushroom and Hazelnut Risotto

Fall makes space for fresh, earthy fungi that we are lucky enough to harvest from the ground and incorporates into Italian dishes. Mushrooms have a potent taste and lingering aroma that are best complemented by a creamy rice. Opt for Vialone Nano rice when preparing the savory mushroom dish, and for a salty kick, mix in a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

  • Pasta with Mushroom Ragu

Pasta al Ragu, or pasta with Bolognese sauce) is nothing new to the frequent or occasional Italian diner. A wonderful way to alter this dish and make it new for yourself or your guests is to swap out the classic noodle for a Bucatini and mix in a mushroom infused ragu. Delish!

  • Pomegranate Risotto

‘Tis the season for pomegranates and all dishes accessorized by the fruit’s bright cherry red. Pomegranate risotto is a nice, neutral main course choice as it leans neither too sweet nor too savory. We suggest serving at the turn of autumn or waiting until the eve of winter.

  • Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin risotto is a festive way to spice up the traditional and well-loved Italian risotto dish. The recipes is simple; you’ll need a pumpkin, Carnaroli rice, and unsalted butter. In fashion with authentic Italian food, pumpkin risotto is best celebrated with fewest ingredients. You can dress up your dish with different colors or flavors by swapping about which type of squash you use. The orange of pumpkin is mostly seasonal, but feel free to get creative and a signature flavor of your own.

  • Red Wine Risotto with Gorgonzola and Pears

The title of this dish largely precedes its robust flavor. Add in Gorgonzola cheese for a strong flavor and creamy texture, and bring the pear in to balance out the Gorgonzola’s sometimes overwhelming personality. The pair make a delightfully savory combo in the fall months.

  • Rigatoni with Spiced Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower are two of the season’s most nutritious vegetables and when prepared well, some of the most delicious. Add both the stocks and leafy parts to your traditional Pasta alla Carbonara. Mix in the spices of your choice and serve as a vegetarian dish to remember.

  • Risotto al Balsamico

Al Balsamico is the easiest way to completely change the flavor of a classic risotto. Add in a strong balsamic vinegar to give your taste buds or your guests a surprising and new way to experience the classic. We suggest pairing with a sweet and spicy red.

  • Wild Mushroom Soup

Wild mushroom soup unleashes the powerful mushroom flavor without a carb overload. Make your Wild Mushroom soup with wild rice and fresh mushrooms to maximize the soup’s nutritional potential.

Step into one of the best Italian restaurants in Miami, Via Verdi, for a taste of fine Italian cuisine. Our chef’s creations are bound to send you into a cooking frenzy, yourself, and inspire you to master a few new Italian dishes (with twists!) this fall.

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