|Polenta Shrimp alla Greca|
Next we tried a limited time item, the Spicy Calabrian Wings - chicken wings tossed with garlic and chili peppers from the Italian region of Calabria, served with gorgonzola dipping sauce. Increase the heat by adding the signature Calabrian chili paste.
|Spicy Calabrian Wings|
On to the third taste, which included one of my favorite foods, risotto. The Crispy Risotto Bites were wonderful. Encased in a light fried batter were a blend of Italian cheeses and some creamy risotto served with a perfect light portion of marinara. Mmm…think high quality mozzarella sticks with a creamy rice in the middle. These were my faves - (go figure, I was drawn to the fried serving!) There were six in an order, a perfect sharing portion.
|Creamy Risotto Bites|
The last sampling in the small plate category was the Paremsan Olive Fritta. It wasn't much different than the risotto bites in preparation (both are blended with Italian cheese and lightly fried), but it differed much in taste. The combination of olives that are enclosed are distinctly different, yet meld so well. You can dip these in the gorgonzola sauce as well (can never get enough of that) or in a fabulous citrus aioli.
|Parmesan Olive Fritta|
|Jo Ellyn and I enjoyed making our way through the 12-course tasting and we're sure you'll love some of the new Olive Garden menu items. Watch the blog later this week for more on our experience at the tasting event!|