Discover the True Taste of Italian Regional Food at BELLAVITA EXPO




If you’re looking for a place to taste and discover authentic Italian regional food and you’re leaving in the UK, United States, the Netherlands or Poland don’t miss this great opportunity!

This summer, Bellavita will be bringing the UK’s largest Made­In­Italy food and wine trade show to the Islington Business Design Centre from the 17th – 19th July, marking its third year in London, while waiting for the other Bellavita’s Expos:

  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 20 Nov > 21 Nov 2016
  • Warsaw, Poland – 11 Apr > 13 Apr 2017
  • Chicago, US – 20 May > 23 May 2017

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WHAT’S BELLAVITA EXPO

Bellavita showcases the excellence of Made-in-Italy through international exhibitions, and between 2015 and 2020 Bellavita is targeted to become the global benchmark of Italian food and beverage.

From showcasing the expertise and skills of some of the most well­known chefs in the industry, to providing a forum for trade­based discussion, to celebrating outstanding elements of the industry and most importantly introducing often unknown and innovative Italian products, Bellavita Expo is an unmissable event for those involved in the hospitality trade this year.

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Italian Chef Massimo Bottura, winner of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016, at the previous Bellavita Expo.

IN LONDON THIS YEAR

As influential names at the forefront of Italian cooking, world famous chefs and restaurateurs will be leading the series of masterclasses on Bellavita’s Food Theatre as well as participating in industry focused live talks:

  • Francesco Mazzei
  • Theo Randall
  • Joe Bastianich
  • Gennaro Contaldo
  • Ollie Dabbous
  • Phil Howard
  • Alessandro Grano
  • Carmelo Carnevale
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Click here to see the Agenda

Chefs will source their masterclass ingredients from the producer’s stands at the show, such as Aldo Zilli, who will be cooking a dish using La Molisana pasta.

The Industry Live Panels will take place on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July where chefs, distributors and importers of Italian food in the UK will explore food trends and the growing demand for authentic Italian food. The Italian food chains in the UK will also discuss how to succeed in the UK market, including talks from Lavazza.

Whether an Italian restaurant or simply a chef seeking creative ideas for new dishes, the show boasts more than 260 authentic Italian producers along with a reputation for hosting unexpected, innovative and surprising products, such as Blue Potion (cold brew coffee using coconut water) or an exceptionally rare anchovy syrup, which makes the show the perfect place to be inspired.

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BEST UK SOMMELIER 2016

Celebrating successes within the industry is a central feature of Bellavita Expo, with Bellavita’s Best UK Sommelier Competition – Villa Sandi Award, organised by AIS, taking place.

Judged by a VIP panel including BBC Radio Presenter Nigel Barden and journalists Christopher Walkey and Peter McCombie, contestants from restaurants such as Michelin­ starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Locanda Locatelli will compete for the title.

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The sommeliers will be judged in a real­-life situation, serving wine to guests such as Andrea Balleri, the Best Italian Sommelier 2013. The competition is sponsored by Villa Sandi, the largest Italian maker of Prosecco. Villa Sandi will be offering complimentary prosecco to guests in the Bellavita Wine Theatre.

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Italian Chef Massimo Bottura, winner of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016, in a show cooking at the previous Bellavita Expo.

BELLAVITA AWARDS 2016

Continuing in this theme of celebration, The Bellavita Awards 2016 will also take place. As the first international awards programme entirely dedicated to recognising authentic Italian food and drinks, up to 200 high­-profile food and wine experts will judge the products during the show. The products receiving the highest score will receive the Bellavita Platinum Award, as well as €5000 worth of their produce bought for the Bellavita online shop.


TICKETS

EXCLUSIVE to 50 Ilaria’s Perfect Recipes readers: Register here for your FREE ticket to attend the Bellavita EXPO, London, from the 17th to the 19th of July 2016, using the code: BELLAVITAMAG

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3 Minutes Shrimp Pasta Sauce with Garlic and Lemon Zest, Italian Style – Healthy, Easy and Quick – Deliciously amazing!

Shrimp Pasta Sauce Italian style

Delicious Shrimp Pasta Sauce: when you’re looking for an authentic Italian pasta sauce recipe, you know that you’re looking for simplicity, using just few ingredients along with some basic cooking techniques to simply enhance the natural flavour of the food and still having amazing and utterly delicious.


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This pasta sauce may seem not so special from the pictures but I ensure you this dish is so so so tasty that you could compete with a proper Italian restaurant near the Amalfi coast!
So trust me when I’m saying that this is amazingly delicious, because it is and it’s also ridiculously quick to make, less than the pasta cooking time – just 3 minutes!
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For this recipe I suggest you to use Spelt Spaghetti because their nutty taste goes perfectly with this shrimp sauce, giving you the sensation of eating in a fine restaurant.
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Spelt is an ancient grain and is really healthy, it’s low in calories than the classic wheat, easier to digest because the extra fiber contained in it aids in the digestion of the gluten. This particularly rich grain is high in protein and satisfies the stomach, so you only need a little to fill you up, perfect for your diet – healthy and satisfying!

Always remember to buy quality ingredients to have the most satisfying experience, especially when you’re cooking Italian. 


You can find authentic Italian Spelt pasta along with other authentic Italian specialities in this fabulous online shop “Bellavita Shop“* who is based in London, UK. I really suggest you to see all the authentic and marvellous food and drinks they sell: Artisan Italian food of unique quality at your fingertips, at last!

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*Spelt Spaghetti were complimentary, but as always, my opinions are my own.

EXCLUSIVE to 50 Ilaria’s Perfect Recipes readers: Register here for your FREE ticket to attend the Bellavita EXPO, London, from the 17th to the 19th of July 2016, using the code: BELLAVITAMAG

King Prawn Pasta Sauce with Garlic and Lemon Zest Italian Style

Difficulty: super easy
Preparation: 0 minutes Cooking Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 160 grams / 2/5 pounds Spelt pasta
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled (slightly squashed with your hands)
  • 200 grams / 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined if necessary / King prawns (reserve 6 with tail for decoration)
  • 30 ml / 1/8 cup dry white wine
  • finely grated zest of 2 lemons (only the yellow part)
  • 2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
    Optional:
  • shrimp shells
  • 2 tbsp butter
    To serve:
  • 1 small bunch parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • some curly thin strips of lemon zest

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cook pasta al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, make the shrimp pasta sauce as follows (it takes just 3 minutes).
(Optional) If you want to add more flavour to this dish, cook the shrimp shells (and heads) in butter for 3 minutes in a small saucepan. Discard the shells, drain the flavoured butter and add it to the following pan.
Put a large pan over medium-high heat. Add e.v. olive oil (optional: add also the flavoured shrimp butter), garlic cloves and shrimps and stir until the shrimps are halfway cooked (1 minute).
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Sprinkle with white wine and let the alcohol evaporate.
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Remove from heat, discard the garlic cloves, add the finely grated lemon zest, stir a bit, add Parmigiano cheese and mix very well.
Leave apart the 6 shrimps with tail for decoration.

Add cooked pasta to the pan, give a stir and serve immediately.

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Now enjoy this super healthy, quick and delicious seafood pasta with all the flavours of Italy.
3 Minutes Shrimp Pasta Sauce with Garlic and Lemon Zest, Italian Style - Healthy, Easy and Quick - Deliciously amazing!
 
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A simple Shrimp Pasta Sauce, Italian style, super easy and super delicious!
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 160 grams / 2/5 pounds Spelt pasta
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled (slightly squashed with your hands)
  • 200 grams / ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined if necessary / King prawns (reserve 6 with tail for decoration)
  • 30 ml / ⅛ cup dry white wine
  • finely grated zest of 2 lemons (only the yellow part)
  • 2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Optional:
  • shrimp shells
  • 2 tbsp butter
To serve:
  • 1 small bunch parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • some curly thin strips of lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta al dente.
(Optional) If you want to add more flavour to this dish, cook the shrimp shells (and heads) in butter for 3 minutes in a small saucepan. Discard the shells, drain the flavoured butter and add it to the following pan.
  1. Put a large pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add e.v. olive oil (optional: add also the flavoured shrimp butter), garlic cloves and shrimps and stir until the shrimps are halfway cooked (1 minute).
  3. Sprinkle with white wine and let the alcohol evaporate.
  4. Remove from heat, discard the garlic cloves, add the finely grated lemon zest, stir a bit, add Parmigiano cheese and mix very well.
  5. Leave apart the 6 shrimps with tail for decoration.
  6. Add cooked pasta to the pan, give a stir and serve immediately.
  7. Decorate every pasta dish by sprinkling over some chopped parsley, some curly strips of lemon zest and put the cooked shrimps with tail in the middle or as you prefer.