A taste of La Dolce Vita

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If Italian cuisine is one of your favourites, then head over to the Birmingham suburbs Moseley and Kings Heath for a taste of la dolce vita. The Southern regions of Gargano and Puglia are being celebrated in a new deli and limited edition dinner pop-up by chefs from those regions.

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In Moseley a new deli Sapori di Sole Italian for ‘flavours of the sun’ brings delicious produce from the Gargano region of Southern Italy, where owner Antonello Turco (of Byzantium restaurant in Kings Heath) is from.

Fill up your larder with artisan cheese, raw honey, extra virgin oils, hams, handmade chocolates, almond biscuits and olives as well as savouring the homemade Italian dishes, including the paposcia to take away.

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At the end of the month is a three night Puglian feast is taking place at the Kitchen Garden Café in Kings Heath. This pop-up is produced and presented by Cooks in case and promises a sensory experience of traditional Italian home cooking.

There are two menus to tempt the taste buds: Terra featuring vegetarian and meat options (Thursday 30th March and Saturday 1st April) and Terra e Mare featuring seafood, meat and vegetarian options (Friday 31st March).

Dishes include tender slow-cooked octopus served with the queen of Italian cheeses burrata; meatballs in a slow-cooked tomato sauce with rosemary potatoes, as well as homemade desserts such as tiramisù and an orange, almond and walnut cake.

The new venture is a collaboration between Birmingham arts producer Judy Owen and her partners Monica Contini and Valentina Comunale based in Italy. Monica said: “We love to cook for people and we can’t wait to bring our Puglian cuisine to the Kitchen Garden Café in Birmingham, including our famous burrata cheese! It will be very informal and relaxed and will allow people to discover some of the special dishes that have made our region famous for its gastronomy.”

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