When in Rome… When to eat your green salad in Italy

A Watermill salad with nasturtium flowers from the garden.

A Watermill salad with nasturtium flowers from the garden.

Our friend and Florence Add-on tour guide Freya Middleton knows just about all there is to know about Italian life – and here’s a tip from her on how to be a true Italian (unless you are in Rome!).

Pic of Freya MiddletonFreya says: In what is a fairly steadfast rule, leafy salads are eaten last in Italy – not as a side dish or starter.

“Salads are almost exclusively dressed with olive oil and vinegar and their position in last place is because they are thought to cleanse the palate and aid digestion.

“One of the few exceptions is a crispy Roman salad of puntarelle, [a sort of chicory] dressed in anchovies and olive oil which is usually served as a starter.”

puntarelle all romana: eat me first!

Puntarelle alla romana: eat me first!

At the Watermill we also serve our own fabulous version of a classic Tuscan salad, called panzanella.panzanellaWe serve it buffet style and I reckon is tastes good together with the other delicious dishes in the lunch table, including fennel cooked in wine white and cream; bresaola with parmesan shavings and rucola. and that salad with nasturtium flowers above

But we are very relaxed: eat your salad whenever you like!

Dinner at the watermill..Great tastes, good company.

Dinner at the watermill..Great tastes, good company.

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