Roving IQ: Recipe for a Roman Lunch

A little hungry and a lot heart broken, we arrived in Rome for our last night in Italy before our return trip home. Lunch was on the immediate menu and we set out to find a suitable spot. Seated in a sidewalk cafe, my eyes wandered to the next table where a Scandinavian couple was enjoying a simple salad comprised of a combination of ingredients that could only equal perfection. One lunch order later, I learned I was right.

My last afternoon meal in Italy has translated into a small obsession for me. Since coming home, I've prepared my new favorite "recipe" no less that 7 times - 75% because I love how the flavors and textures combine together, 20% because it's so darn easy and 5% out of wistfulness. 

Here it is, modified slightly from the above photo:
  • 4-5 slices of prosciutto
  • Fresh arugula
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese 
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Cracked black pepper
Layer a dinner plate with prosciutto slices. Pile with arugula. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite recipe that you brought back from a trip? 


travelkate said...

That really looks delicious! I fell in love with the ceviche dish that they have in Tahiti called Poussin Cru, but I have never been able to re-create it--the ingredients there are just too fresh to duplicate!

Jules8 said...

I can only imagine, Kate! I would love to get to Tahiti one day soon.

Meghan said...

My stomach actually rumbled when I saw that picture! My favourite recipes from my travels include baked fish with an almond spice crust from Grenada, carbonnade stew from Belgium and simple moussaka from Greece! (Never quite tastes the same though!)

Lexi said...

Looks great! I can't get my husband to eat arugula ... what a bummer.

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

Jules8 said...

Sounds great, Meghan! I would love to try the almond spice crust.

Welcome Lexi - Thanks for stopping by!

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