Head outdoors for a relaxed feast of chicken skewers, bruschetta, and salads—all cooked on the grill.
The cuisine of Tuscany is the antidote to overambitious entertaining. Tuscans buy good ingredients and let them shine by preparing them simply. It’s the perfect approach when farmers’ markets overflow with the summer harvest. Just bring home some ripe vegetables, meats, and bread and light up the grill for a dinner with a Tuscan flair.
The is centered around skewers of chicken and sausage, accented with fresh sage (Italians call them spiedi). Then round out the menu with a pair of grilled salads: a warm pasta salad with marinated red pepper and zucchini, and a cool spinach salad with peppery grilled radicchio and shavings of Pecorino cheese. A simple rosemary- and garlic-infused olive oil flavors several of the dishes. Many Tuscan meals finish simply with fresh fruit; grilled figs with vanilla ice cream fit the bill while also satisfying the American appetie for something a little sweeter.