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Mouthwatering recipes that will give you a pleasant taste of Italy

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What is it about Italian food that people love so much? Perhaps it’s the abundance of cheese used in many dishes, or how the cuisine always seems to focus on fresh, local ingredients. Either way, almost all Italian food is comfort food. So whether you’re looking for a light and creamy Italian dessert or a boozy drink to wash it down with, Mary Berg’s made five beautiful Italian-style recipes on Mary’s Big Kitchen Party (Fridays at 9 p.m. ET during Dinner and a Movie; on demand on Fibe TV1) to get you started.

Aperol Spritz

If you’re having a get-together this weekend, an Aperol spritz is the perfect cocktail to serve your guests. It’s sweet, refreshing and tastes just as good as candy.

Quick and Speedy Tiramisu

Could there be anything better in this world than a dessert that’s been infused with caffeine? I think not. Make a whole bunch of these single-serving tiramisus so that your guests can take the second helpings that they’re yearning for.

Stone Fruit and Sage Bruschetta

Graduate from the usual tomato-topped crostini you make in favour of this stone fruit and ricotta bruschetta. The homemade ricotta cheese balances out perfectly with the sweet nectarines, which are both enhanced with the chopped sage. Bonus points to whoever tries making the ricotta from scratch.

Roasted Caprese Salad

If you’re out of lettuce or kale to fill your salad bowl with, don’t despair. This classic Italian salad is easy to make and will highlight the beautiful, fresh flavours from the basil, mozzarella and roasted tomatoes.

Aperativo Platter

If you’re going to make an aperativo platter, you’ve got to do it right. So crack out different types of cheese, vinegar-soaked veggies and meats to impress each and every one of your guests.

Catch Mary’s Big Kitchen Party every Friday at 9 p.m. ET during Dinner and a Movie; available on demand on Fibe TV, Channel 1.

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