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Celebrating La Dolce Vita

Primi Piatti - Light Dishes

Artichoke and Beaufort Risotto
8 August 2019
The Beaufort cheese adds a profound richness to this delicious risotto.
Butterfly Pasta with Zucchini and Prawns
30 January 2020
This quick and easy pasta dish includes all of our favourite summer flavours and is best enjoyed on a balmy evening outside with friends, family and a glass of our new Joseph d’Elena Pinot Grigio.
Calamari in Umido with Polenta
7 April 2016
No one knows seafood like the Venetians. This simple, flavoursome dish brings a taste of Venice to your kitchen any day of the week.
Capesante Alla Chioggia
1 May 2016
A simple, elegant dish from the Veneto that looks and tastes beautiful. The perfect match with the minerally texture of our JOSEPH Pinot Grigio d'Elena.
Dina Grilli's Moroccan Inspired Roast Chicken
4 April 2013
Dina discovered this recipe on a family holiday to the Isola d'Elba, just off the Tuscan coast. Perfect for a quick mid-week dinner paired with our Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese. Both the wine and the chicken are spicy, rich and warming on a chilly autumn evening.
Fettuccine with Peas, Pancetta & Pecorino
13 December 2017
This is a simple and delicious pasta dish that can be thrown together for any occasion. Georgina came across it on our Italian adventure and we can't live without it! A bottle of fresh and fleshy Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot will do. Enjoy!
Fried School Prawns & Summer Slaw
29 November 2016
A great summer dish to be shared on warm evenings with friends, this pairs perfectly with JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio. Many thanks to Rob Paglia at La Dolce Vita Catering and Events for this delicious recipe.
Gnocchi in Sage and Butter Sauce
30 April 2020
The smoothness of the buttery gnocchi pairs incredibly with the crispy sage. Take this dish to the next level by serving with a light red wine and lashings of top-quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Grilled Calamari Skewers
1 June 2015
Quick, easy and delicious these skewers are perfect for lunch on a summer's day - sheer bliss paired with a glass of Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard!
Italian Baked Eggplant with Cherry Tomato
31 January 2017
Joe's all time favourite vegetable dish is the perfect accompaniment to an Italian style BBQ cook up or an easy vegetarian meal on its own.
Marinated Fish Venetian Style
3 October 2014
Served cold this typical Venetian dish is easy to prepare the day before a banquet. We make Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega in Italy for dishes just like this!
Minted Prawn and Orange Salsa
2 January 2014
A light, flavoursome salad that pairs perfectly with a cool glass of our JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio on a warm day.
Nonna Palmina's Baccala Stew
4 August 2013
Salted cod, baccala, is a staple food all over Italy. However, it wasn’t until I tasted Joe’s grandmother, Nonna Palmina’s, version of this humble dish that I became a convert. I have adapted her recipe and used fresh ling or swordfish instead. This is quick easy comfort food that pairs amazingly with our just arrived 2010 Primo & Co The Venetian. Salute and thank you Nonna!
Pagnotta Ripieno
8 April 2013
Bursting with flavour this elaborate sandwich salad of meat, cheese and vegetables is perfect for a picnic.
Pane con Uovo e Bellini
31 October 2018
French Toast made in the Italian tradition! As many Italians do, we've added crispy prosciutto and vino cotto to make a sweet and salty treat. Serve with a refreshing Bellini for the perfect Sunday morning...
Pasta Pomodorini
1 January 2019
This classic pasta is the perfect dish for post-Christmas recovery and warm summer days. Simple and easy to make, the key is plenty of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and grated Pecorino.
Penne All'Arrabbiata
19 April 2018
Federico joined us from Italy to work vintage 2018 and cooked this delicious recipe for our team lunch.
Pissaladiere - Onion, Anchovy and Black Olive Tart
8 July 2013
This simple and easy dish makes a great addition to a party menu or a warming lunch for a hungry family on a cold winter day.
Ribollita Soup
25 August 2017
This hearty vegetable soup is a Tuscan classic and the perfect pairing for our Primo & Co The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese on a cold winter's day
Risotto Con Salsicce e Radicchio
2 November 2016
A Venetian classic to be enjoyed with the subtle richness of Primo & Co The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese.
Roman Gnocchi
7 May 2017
These deliciously different semolina flour gnocchi are the ultimate Roman comfort food. An easy to make lunch with a crisp salad or a great side dish for hearty winter meats.
Scallop and Eggplant Risotto
28 March 2018
One of Georgina’s cousins is an accomplished chef and for a while cooked full time for the Alfa Romeo team of test drivers at their famous Balocco track – which in my eyes makes him a certified legend! He prepared this sublime take on a seafood risotto for dinner one night and I can’t think of a better dish right now for the Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard. Enjoy!
Seafood Pasta from Puglia
9 February 2015
Joe's holiday to the southern Italian region of Puglia inspired this delicious seafood pasta that goes beautifully with the JOSEPH Pinot Grigio d'Elena. We love the way it combines seafood and vegetables to make the sublime sauce. The perfect spring meal as the days grow longer and the buds burst in the vineyard.
Simple Summer Pasta
4 April 2013
The green finish of JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil balances the sweetness of the tomatoes in this delicious pasta dish - sure to be a hit when served outside on a summer evening
Singapore Chilli Crab
26 March 2013
Primo Estate’s Patricia was born and raised in Singapore; she remembers the joys of the national dish from a young age. Patricia describes her childhood memories of the dish, "the thick, messy, sweet, spicy, tomatoey sauce with egg stirred through making it all gooey and gloopy was a joy to eat!" What kid (big and small!) doesn't want an excuse to lick their fingers! Perfect with a cold glass of Primo Estate La Biondinaon a hot summer night. Salute!
Spaghetti al Limone
27 March 2017
This light and refreshing pasta dish is delicious and easy to make. Perfect on it's own or with added seasonal vegetables or seafood, this partners well with our Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega. Enjoy!
Spaghetti Puttanesca
3 October 2018
This simple and easy pasta is perfect for feeding the whole family on a Sunday lunch. Don't spare the anchovies!
Spaghetti with Garlic, Chilli and Olive Oil
1 August 2018
This classic vegetarian pasta is transformed by a touch of chilli and the freshly pressed JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Tre Formaggi Risotto
27 April 2017
There are a million variations on risotto but this is our family favourite!
Venetian Risi e Bisi
4 April 2013
The quintessential Venetian dish, for hundreds of years Risi e Bisi was so highly esteemed that Venetians were only permitted to enjoy it on feast days by order of the Doge. Somewhere between a soup and a risotto you don't have to wait for a feast day to enjoy this quick and easy dish, the perfect pairing with our Merlesco Merlot
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