Pears are the classic fall fruit. A mild, smooth flavor and earthy greenish brown color makes them a delicious and attractive addition to any table.
Italian cuisine is known for featuring fresh seasonal ingredients and Il Villagio and pears are the perfect fall pairing. Add fresh greens, herbs and spices to enhance the flavor and you’ll be celebrating fall flavor in no time! Bruschettas and salads are perfect ways to explore this gourmet pairing.
Bruschettas are an authentic Italian appetizer anyone can make. Sliced pears, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto and Il Villagio Parmigiano cheese combine beautifully. The mouth-watering combinations of salty and sweet, creamy and juicy flavors are irresistible. Serve on toasted slices of baguette. Add a few crumbles of our Gorgonzola Blue Cheese for an extra robust experience.
Another way to savor the combination is in a simple fall salad. Arugula, sweet pear and salty Il Villagio Parmigiano with any balsamic vinaigrette creates a delightful richness that’s invigorating on cool fall evenings.
Simply take a few bunches of fresh arugula, add in thinly sliced chunks of ripe pear, shaved aged Parmesan cheese and toss. You will love the rich and spicy, slightly sweet and salty flavors. Add a sprinkling of toasted walnuts for a nice nutty flavor and crunch.
Both Bruschetta and salads can be enhanced with a dash of lemon juice squeezed over top – a delightfully fresh flavor that pairs well with parmesan shavings. For something hearty, try either with grilled chicken and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.