I think many of you have heard of me talking about my neighbor, Vittorio, who is a single father of two beautiful young ladies. He has a rather large country home with a lovely veggie garden. By day he is a bus driver for the city of Treviso. I keep telling him he should write a cookbook but he’s a simple man and thinks my ideas are silly. Haha!
The other day I had told him that his sister, Bruna was going to teach me how to make homemade tomato sauce and it was then he invited me to his home to teach me how to make “Pappa al Pomodoro” Being the curious person that I am, I looked it up and was a bit confused as it is a Tuscan dish and I thought I would be learning some traditional Venetian recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Vittorio called me bright an early at 8 am and told me to “come on over” and that he’s all ready.
I decided to take a LOT of photos of the step by step process of how to make Pappa al Pomodoro with a Venetian twist. As for me. when I am learning a new recipe, I prefer photos.
Pappa Al Pomodoro Venetian style serving size 4 portion
Grana Padano – freshly grated.
Cherry or Datterino Tomatoes
1 white onion chopped
3 cloves of garlic
80ml of water
5 handfuls of Italian Rice ( riso)
Cuore di Bue tomatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste
While Vittorio was teaching me his recipes, I asked him how he learned to cook and he said “When I was younger, my mother was very ill, she taught me how to clean, cook and keep everything organized.”
Ladies, anyone interested in a GOOD hearted Italian man who cleans and cooks?
This is a great Summer dish. Affordable, healthy and light.
So, if you try it, please let me know how it turned out so I can share it with Vittorio 🙂