Weekend Entertaining: Fresh From the Sea

Dinner Parties, Entertain, Menu Ideas, On the Table, Sicily

Inspired by the Sicilians’ love of seafood, we’ve created a casual main course of seared prawns tossed with tagliolini pasta, all garnished with crispy bread crumbs and a drizzle of lemon-infused olive oil. The dish captures the essence of the island’s cooking: simple and fresh.

 

Round out the meal with a seasonal salad and crunchy breadsticks, then serve it family-style to friends and family for a flavorful feast. Keep the atmosphere fuss-free by serving wine in a decanter and using tumblers instead of formal wine glasses. Our recipes and entertaining tips will provide everything you need to pull off a relaxed, memorable get-together.

 

Fresh Pasta with Prawns and Lemon Oil
In Sicily’s fishing villages, rustic handmade pasta is tossed with olive oil, garlic and fresh seafood. It’s all about casual simplicity—and making the most of the day’s catch. Serve the dish in exactly the same style, bringing it to the table in the same pan in which it was cooked. Want a more colorful presentation? Try a charming patterned pasta serving set.
Arugula, Fennel and Orange Salad
Peppery arugula, thinly sliced fennel and sweet, tangy oranges come together in this cool weather salad. Toss and serve in a bowl with sleek wooden tongs so guests can easily help themselves.
Sage Bread Sticks
Thin, crunchy bread sticks turn up in many Italian breadbaskets, and they make an attractive addition to the table. Alternatively, buy or bake a loaf of crusty bread to pass around to guests.
Lemon Sorbetto
Sicilians turn out this frozen dessert in a wide variety of flavors and eat it at all times of the day, often sandwiched in a soft brioche roll. This lemon version is the perfect finish to a seafood meal. Make and freeze the sorbetto a day ahead, then scoop into footed glass bowls for a touch of understated elegance.

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