(Family Features) - Italian food is at the top of many people's list of favorite cuisines - and for good reason. Chef Fabio Viviani, "Top Chef" contestant and Owner and Executive Chef of Firenze Osteria Italian Restaurant and Martini Bar in Los Angeles, knows that the combination of fresh ingredients, flavorful herbs and healthy, high quality olive oil makes Italian cuisine a go-to choice for al fresco summer dining.
To bring families together for a summer meal, Chef Fabio has created delicious summer recipes that can be made indoors or on the grill while showcasing the versatility and flavors of Bertolli Olive Oil's premium line of olive oils.
In addition to these recipes, here are more easy ways to enjoy the classic Italian taste of olive oil every day:
- Serve a simple appetizer of fresh bread with extra virgin olive oil. Pour the oil in a bowl for dipping and season with cracked pepper or fresh herbs.
- Create a simple yet flavorful marinade of classico pure olive oil combined with either lemon juice or wine vinegar to flavor meats, poultry and fish.
- Toss your favorite unsalted nuts in a sandwich bag with extra light tasting olive oil to coat lightly, then add a sprinkle of salt for an extraordinary taste.
To get full recipes created by Chef Viviani, visit www.BertolliOliveOil.com.
Olive Oil Health: Did You Know?
Not only revered for its taste, olive oil has long been a part of healthy cooking. Since olive oil is low in saturated fat and is naturally cholesterol-free, it adds flavor while boosting nutritional value.
Swap It Out: Using three-quarters of a teaspoon of olive oil for every one teaspoon of butter or margarine cuts the fat in recipes by 25 percent.
Get Rich: Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, also known as polyphenols, which have cancer-fighting properties, especially when consumed as extra virgin olive oil.
For more about cooking with olive oil, visit www.BertolliOliveOil.com.