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Grill like an Italian: 4 steps to the perfect BBQ

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the desire to cook outdoors. The smoky aroma of grilled meats, the sizzle of fresh vegetables, and the taste of perfectly seasoned seafood - all accompanied by the finest Italian wines and natural soft drinks from Lurisia.

Here’s how to create the perfect Italian BBQ for an unforgettable feast. Shop our butcher’s BBQ bag.

1) Choosing the right grill

While gas is convenient, a charcoal or a wood-fired grill brings out the authentic flavours of Italian BBQ. The smoky flavour imparted by wood or charcoal is irreplaceable. Opt for hardwoods like oak or hickory or fruitwoods like apple or cherry to add a subtle sweetness to the food.

2) Securing the BBQ staples

Rule numero uno to grilling the Italian way? Choose the best, high-quality meat, fish, and vegetables. We recommend visiting our market for the freshest of produce.

Meats:

  • Sausages: Salsicciamo Italian sausages, sweet or spicy, with grilled peppers and onions.
  • Burger: Italian fasona beef burgers – one of the leanest Italian kinds of beef!
  • Steak: La Granda pork shoulder steak or a juicy local sirloin, simply seasoned and grilled.

Seafood:

  • Grilled fish: Stuffed with lemon, garlic, and herbs.
  • Shrimp Skewers: Marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice.

Vegetables:

  • Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, aubergine, peppers, and cherry tomatoes with olive oil and sea salt.
  • Corn on the Cob: Brushed with olive oil, garlic, and parsley.

Accompaniments:

  • Salads: Caprese with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic; Panzanella bread salad.
  • Bread: Fresh focaccia or ciabatta.
  • Dips: Bruschetta, olive tapenade, artichoke dip

 3) Hydrate!

No Italian BBQ is complete without the perfect beverages to complement your cooking. Pick up refreshing soft drinks to create easy cocktails, and don’t forget to pick up a few bottles of wine to pair with your grilled creations.

  • Natural soft drinks: our favourites are the versatile, delicious, and authentically crafted line from Lurisia. Each soft drink’s unique flavour is from the finest raw ingredients across Italy, including blood oranges from Sicily, sfusati lemons from the Amalfi Coast, and the fruit of chinotto trees from Savona.
  • Wine: Chianti, Barolo, and Prosecco are excellent choices. For a refreshing option, serve Aperol Spritz.
  • Limoncello: A sweet, lemon-flavoured liqueur served chilled as a digestif.

4) End on a sweet note

Every important Italian meal ends with a dolce. Pick fresh fruit like peaches or pineapple, cut them in half, and grill away! The heat from the grill extracts water from the fruit, leaving behind concentrated, intensely sweet flavours. Want to win the hearts of your BBQ guests? Top the fruit with a scoop of vanilla gelato available to takeaway from our Gelateria, or pick-up our classic tiramisù. You can thank us later.

Get your party started with our butcher’s carefully curated BBQ bag containing all you need for the best Italian grill-off. Shop online now, or head to Eataly London to pick up today.

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