Saying “hello” to summer means welcoming simple, warm-weather meals perfect for entertaining on those balmy evenings. We turned to Chef Michael Toscano, culinary artist behind Charleston’s bright and airy osteria Le Farfalle, to learn his top tips to creating a fresh and simple summer menu. Whether you choose to wine and dine al fresco on the patio at Le Farfalle, or incorporate Chef Toscano’s tips into your own at-home menu, you’re sure to please your palate. Buon appetito!
1. LIGHTEN IT UP
Instead of using heavy, cream-based sauces for your pasta, focus on a simple sauce of olive oil and citrus. Toss in your favorite herbs and cheeses and you have a dish that’s easy to eat on a warm summer evening.
2. SHOP LOCAL
One of the best parts about summer is the farmers markets! Browse the booths and see what produce looks the best. Starting with the freshest tomatoes, zucchini and herbs means you don’t have much work to do at home.
3. SAY GOODBYE TO JARRED PESTO
Basil grows in abundance during the summer so take advantage and make fresh pesto. I like subbing in pistachios for pine nuts.
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