Market Day! What’s Fresh This Week at Rialto Mercato (Week of June 6 2015)

on June 6, 2015


The Rialto Mercato is in full Summer swing!

Of course, there is an abundance of tomatoes, including these beauties!


The tomatoes are so sweet right now, we ate one like an apple walking home from the market! While it’s almost a shame to cook them, here are some recipes to get you started… if you can keep from eating them plain, like candy!

Bacon Caprese Salad

Summer Panzanella

Tomato Party


From our garden island, Sant’Erasmo are beautiful zucchini:

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Zucchini recipes abound due to the abundance of this summer squash!  Everyone is always looking for a different way to eat them up.  Let’s go past zucchini bread!

Spicy Zucchini Frittata

Shaved Squash Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Zucchini Crudo


With the zucchini comes the much-beloved zucchini flowers.

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Don’t be intimidated by these lush flowers.  They really are simple to prepare.  It’s hard to find a bacaro here in Venice that isn’t serving these right now!

Crispy Zucchini Flowers Stuffed with Ricotta and Mint

Penne with Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini Flowers Stuffed with Tomatoes and Parmesan


Also from Sant’Erasmo — huge snow peas.


These pods are enormous yet still are very tender.  You’d have to cut these into managable chunks, but use them in recipes just the same.

Snow Peas with Meyer Lemon and Mint

Pan-Cooked Prawns with Snow Peas

Snow Pea Salad


Another summer favorite — green beans!


The green beans are so sweet and tender right now, we ate them last night raw in a salad with perfect cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  When produce is this good, you don’t need to do anything else!  But, here some great ways to use this bountiful bean!

Green Beans with Almond Pesto Under an Egg

Green Beans with Ginger and Garlic

Lemon-Roasted Green Beans with Marcona Almonds


Fava beans are underused in the U.S.  When you find them at the farmer’s market or grocer, pick some up!  They do need a bit of preparation, but the time spent is worth it!


Here are some fava bean recipes to test out!

Coriander-Crusted Halibut with Fresh Corn and Fava Bean Succotash

Fava Bean Dip with Goat Cheese and Garlic

Fava Bean and Pecorino Salad


Peaches are to die for right now.  Eating one out of hand is one of the best summertime experiences — letting the juice dribble down your chin!  Don’t get it on your clothes though!  We learned the hard way and stained our shirts!


Peach Cobbler

Grilled Peach Panzanella

Summer Peach Basil Grilled Chicken


My favorite thing this week!  Donut Peaches!


Donut peaches are flat-out absolutely delicious.  They are meaty and juicy and just… well… peachy!  I bought some at the market today, but I fear that I didn’t buy enough… especially if I want to make one of these recipes below… and I do!

Donut Peach Donuts

Donut Peach Galette

Upside Down Caramelized Donut Peach Tart


Apricots have been in the market a few weeks now, and they are sweet and juicy.  We bought a TON because we’re making Yotam Ottolenghi’s Apricot, Walnut Lavender cake (recipe below), and we know ourselves enough to admit that we needed double the amount for inevitable snacking.


Apricot, Walnut and Lavender Cake

Apricot Chutney Ham & Cheese with Spiced Caramel Crust

Apricot Basil Tart


Happy Eating!