Don’t forget the Italian bread!

Fan of Italian Bread?  Italian bread is anywhere from crispy and crunchy to light and fluffy.   There are multiple ways you can use Italian bread!  So get out there, get your Italian bread and enjoy today!

Make a Classic Italian Sandwich

There are several Italian breads that are ideal for making delicious sandwiches stacked full of Italian sausage, salami, pepperoni and more. Muffuletta and Piadina are quite popular. An even more popular option is ciabatta bread. While these breads have different densities and tastes, they are a good choice for a classic Italian sandwich.

Use Bread for Getting all the Sauce

When it comes to authentic Italian food, you don’t want to waste a morsel. As a result, you can have a flakey bread or even breadsticks served with your meal to ensure everyone can sop up all the sauce goodness left behind.

 Serve Bread to Accompany Soup

Soup is commonly served during an Italian meal. Bread makes a great side item and is something you should include. Some people like to dip their bread in the soup, while others just eat along with the pasta you have served.

Make an Italian Pizza

What could be more Italian than pizza, right? You can use focaccia as your crust and make a delicious pizza.

Bread is a comfort food and something that should be a staple in any Italian meal. Italian-Bread1-e1445117827719-1024x637

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Benefits of Tomatoes!

Tomatoes are now becoming known as a Super food!

Studies show the tomato may help decrease the risk of prostate cancer, as well as breast, lung and stomach cancers.  The fibre, potassium, vitamin C and choline in tomatoes are all proven to support heart health.

Lycopene is found in tomatoes and is a powerful antioxidant and helps fight disease.  Also, tomato juice, because of it’s various phytonutrients,can reduce the risk of blood clots.

Italian cooking relies very heavily on tomatoes and tomato products. And, some studies have suggested that this heavy intake of tomatoes by Italians has resulted in a lowering of cancer of the digestive tract.

It has been reported that people who eat tomatoes at least every other day had greater lung capacity. Research also shows that the lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by the body if processed into ketchup, sauce and paste.

So stop at your local farm stand or supermarket for fresh tomatoes and enjoy.  Just remember the one rule of fresh tomatoes: don’t put them in the refrigerator. The refrigerator destroys not only the flavor, it also destroys the nutrients.Tomato

Tiramisu!

One of the most popular Italian desserts, Tiramisu can be found in most all Italian restaurants!  This amazingly delicious dessert’s name “Tiramisu” means “pick me up and is infused with espresso! With layers of mascarpone and espresso, it’s a rich and airy dessert that you can make at home with a little patience and time. Give this delicious recipe  a try and enjoy at your next family gathering, holiday get together or just any time you feel like an amazing dessert!

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Tiramisu

2 Cups Hot water
3 TBSP Espresso powder
1 TBSP Sugar
3 TBSP Tia Maria liqueur
4 Egg yolks
1/3 Cup Marsala wine
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Mascarpone cheese
1 Cup Heavy cream
36 Ladyfinger biscuits
Unsweetened cocoa powder

In a shallow, wide bowl stir together the water, espresso powder, 1 TBSP sugar and the Tia Maria liqueur, and then place in the fridge to cool.

Once this is complete, combine the egg yolks, Marsala wine and ½ cup sugar in a double boiler or saucepan over boiling water. Beat the mixture until it has increased in volume (approximately 5-8 minutes). Remove from the heat and beat in the mascarpone cheese.

Beat the heavy cream in a large bowl until peaks form and fold in the mascarpone mixture until combined.

Dip each Ladyfinger biscuit into the coffee mixture until they are all coated, and then begin creating your layered dessert by placing 1 layer of biscuits into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan. Once you have created your first layer, top with the mascarpone mixture. The ingredients should make approximately 3 layers of biscuits and mascarpone, but continue until all the ingredients are used up.

Dust the top of the layered Tiramisu with cocoa and cool it in the fridge for at least 6 hours and remove from the fridge approximately 30 minutes before serving.

We all know life is busy, so if you don’t have time to make this delicious dessert, come and enjoy it at one of our Vito’s Restaurants!

 

 

Make An Amazing Healthy Spaghetti Sauce…

As we all know, processed foods are full of sugar, salt and fat!   You can enjoy a healthier Italian pasta meal by making your own sauce following these tips!

Start off making your sauce with fresh tomatoes boiled for about  5 minutes, let cool and peel the skins off.  Once the skins are off, remove the seeds and start simmering the tomatoes in a large skillet or frying pan on low, mashing them with a masher as they simmer.

Once simmered, you want to add Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Olive oil is packed with antioxidants!  Toss some garlic along with minced or cut up vegetables into your sauce such as zucchini or broccoli.  We suggest mincing or throwing the vegetables in a food processor if you’re trying to hide them from the picky eaters in your family!  You can also add shredded chicken, hamburg, sausage or even diced pork chops fully cooked to your sauce for added protein!

Lastly, we suggest not to add any sugar to the sauce but rather add herbs like basil and parsley for a fresher and sweeter taste!

We take pride in creating pasta and sauce from scratch at our Vito’s Restaurants and look forward to serving you!Pasta3

 

 

It’s All In The Cheese

Who doesn’t LOVE Cheese?  Italy is known for it’s variety of cheese that has made their way into everyone’s hearts around the world!  Five of the most delicious cheeses from Italy that we all enjoy today are:

1. Mozzarella Cheese

Originating from the regions of Puglia, Molise, Abruzzo, and Campania, this amazing and probably one of the most popular Italian cheese is semi-soft with a stringy texture.  It’s white in color and has a milky flavor. Unlike most cheeses, mozzarella cheese doesn’t need to age. It’s eaten fresh. It goes well on salads, meats, and with fish and vegetable dishes.

2.Provolone Cheese

From the Po valley Region, provolone cheese is firm and grainy with a mild or sharp buttery taste and pale yellow color. Provolone is semi-hard with a pleasant aroma. It has high amounts of calcium and protein but is also high in salt. Provolone goes wonderfully with red wine and served with fresh, homemade bread still warm.

3.  Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan cheese is named after the area around Parma, where it originated.  Parmesan cheese is a hard cheese with a grainy texture, strong aroma and sharp,  flavor. Parmesan tastes best sprinkled over pasta and used as an ingredient in soups and risottos. Italians love to munch on it as a snack, as well.

4.Gorgonzola Cheese

Originating from the Gorgonzola region, this cheese is soft and crumbly. It can be made into a sharp or mild flavor, depending on its age, and has a nutty aroma. It’s an “old-world” blue-veined cheese made from un-skimmed cow’s milk and takes up to four months to create. Gorgonzola is best served with red wine and your favorite pasta dish.

5. Ricotta Cheese

A refreshing, soft Italian cheese that is made from either sheep, cow, goat, or buffalo milk whey that is left over after making other types of cheese. It’s smooth, high in protein and low in fat. It goes well with many Italian dishes such as lasagna, cheesecake, pizza, clazone, ravioli, manicotti, and more. Ricotta can also be used as a sauce thickener.

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The Love of Pasta

Pasta is said to have first came about in Italy back in the Norman times.  When Italians migrated to the United States in the early 1900’s, the love of pasta  began in America!  Americans began to realize that this inexpensive, comfort food was amazing!  Italians realized this and started opening up the first Italian restaurants in New York City.  Today pasta is enjoyed by many and we are right there with everyone!Vodka sauce

Pasta is a fantastic, easy and fast cooking meal that in this day and age when everyone is in a rush, it’s convenient.   Pasta can be served in an assortment of ways!  Pasta with tomato sauce is the most popular.  Also enjoyed are shrimp pasta, lemon pasta, buttered pasta, alfredo pasta,  pasta in casseroles, lasagna, stuffed shells and the list goes on.

We at Vito’s invite you to come one of our restaurants (Vito’s Pizzeria and V’s Trattoria) and sit down, relax and treat yourself to the most amazing homemade pasta dishes and pizza.  We’re family owned, proud of our family heritage and ready to serve you the best Itlalian meal you’ve ever eaten!

Treat your special loved one to one of our restaurants for Valentine’s Day!   They say the heart grows fonder after pasta!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and from our family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy New Year!

Winter is almost in full swing and with that brings thoughts of delicious Italian comfort food!  Right?!!   This month we focus on the delicious homemade soups that our Vito’s restaurants offer.  Who doesn’t love a good cup or bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day?

Pasta E Fagioli is a traditional Italian soup made with beans, pasta (of course) – usually ditalini, tomatoes (stewed or paste) and fresh vegetables.  This soup can be made more on the thick side or on the thin side!  It ‘a delicious soup that the entire family will love!

Italian Wedding Soup is by far one of the most popular Italian soups known is made with escarole or cabbage, chicken broth, pastina and meat which can be meatballs or sausage.  Pair this delicious soup up with a nice glass of wine and fresh bread!

Zuppa Toscana is made with Italian sausage, white onions, heavy cream, potatoes and crushed red peppers.  This soup has a bit of a spicy flare and will make you want more!

This winter, be brave and bold and try new Italian soups that you haven’t before! We know you’ll love them at our Vito’s Restaurants located in Hartford and Wethersfield.

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Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us!  Grab your friends, co-workers and family and treat yourself to Vito’s Pizzeria or V’s Trattoria for fabulous food, great service and enjoy the taste of homemade Italian cuisine!

Hosting a party or event?  Don’t stress yourself out with the prep and cooking!  Order off our catering menu from Vito’s Pizzeria in Wethersfield and save yourself some time!  You’ll be able to relax with friends and family and actually enjoy the time together with amazing appetizers, entrees and desserts.  We are proud to be family owned and want to wish all of you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!

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Italian Thanksgiving Ideas

The holiday season is just about upon us and we want to take the opportunity to tell you a bit about Italian Thanksgiving menu ideas!  There are many fabulous Italian dishes that fit in and compliment the traditional American holiday.

During the holidays, extravagant holiday meals are popular in Italy.  The first and foremost popular dish is the Antipasto platter which can include veggies, Italian cheeses, crackers and thin sliced meats.  Next is soup or salad course – give a bowl of tortellini soup a try! A  pasta course can follow and you may want to think about including pumpkin ravioli

To mix up the potato choices, try  orange & cinnamon sweet potatoes!   Add bruschetta to the menu – making your own is simple & easy. 

Along with the traditional fixings of Thanksgiving and a few Italian dishes mixed in, you will have a meal that everyone will be talking about for weeks!

Don’t forget the cannolis and of course the Italian wine!

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V’s Trattoria!

V’s Trattoria is located at 280 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT located inside the Prudential Building.  Featuring a vast menu of delicious appetizers, soups, pizzas and entrées, all homemade and using the freshest of ingredients!   There is something for everyone at V’s Trattoria.

V’s Trattoria features homemade pasta dishes, pizza and more that will have you coming back time and time again!  Some of our favorites are the Lobster Ravioli, Pappardelle Bolognese and the Eggplant Parmigiana.

Focusing on the simple things and bringing friends, family and people together in a beautiful, modern, relaxing atmosphere is owner, Rob Maffuci’s intention

The restaurant is within walking distance of the XL Center, The Hartford Stage and we are the closest restaurant to Dunkin Donuts Stadium!  So don’t miss out on this amazing restaurant – stop in and join us today!

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