Fiori di Zucca Fritti
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(also zeppole di ciurilli) Sometimes the simplest foods are the most delectable, and that is definitely the case when you are talking about fiori di zucca fritti (fried zucchini flowers). These light and delicate fritters contain a subtle burst of flavor. The taste of the blossoms is still reminiscent of zucchini, but in a refreshing way. In spring and summer, fiori di zucca fritti are found all over Italy. Although they are perfect on their own, lightly sprinkled with salt, stuffed versions are just as popular. In Lazio, you find fiori di zucca fritti alla Romana, filled with provatura cheese and anchovies. It’s almost impossible to imagine what fiori di zucca fritti taste like without experiencing them for yourself so they are absolutely something you should try, even if you don’t really like zucchini.
Where to find fiori di zucca fritti
Florence: When it comes to classic dishes and expert preparation, Trattoria Alla Vecchia Bettola is at the top of their game, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here.
Rome: It may be out of the way, but Sforno has a cult-like following that keeps both locals and tourists coming their direction. With unique pizza toppings on a Neapolitan style crust, a large selection of fritti and craft beers, it’s no wonder this boutique pizzeria is reputed to be one of the best in Rome.