Poetry on the plate

Poetry is to be found everywhere, you only have to be curious, open minded and look. I see a lot of poetry in food, both when I prepare it, as when enjoying it prepared by others. What brings a very special poetry and joy to the senses, is when your dish is including local food and you can savor it in its natural surroundings.
I always look for these moments, and especially when traveling I already start from breakfast, and take my coffee or tea in a special place at the location that reflects its spirit, and with local specialities when possible.
Here are a some food poems from the beautiful Camogli, on the Ligurian Levante Riviera.

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If this classical Italian dessert were a song, it would be definitely be classified as an Evergreen. Tiramisù always stays fresh in your memory, fresh like it were the first time you ever tasted it, and you never get tired of it’s smooth creamy texture and mild sweetness “colored” with a hint of coffee. It really “picks you up” every time, but that is what tiramisù literally means.

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Coffee topped ice cream

One of the simplest desserts ever and a really great one. The traditional Italian dessert affogato al caffè, which literally means “coffee drowned ice cream”, isn’t in fact a recipe. It is about bringing together two things: excellent espresso coffee and great vanilla ice cream in the right amount in order to get the right flavor, feeling and texture: 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream and 1 shot of espresso…… Sometimes one scoop or single coffe aren’t enough, so multiple as needed.

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