With a Caffé Positano vet in the kitchen, Monte Vesuvio erupts slowly in Oviedo

Mar 31, 2021 240

BY: AMY DREW THOMPSON

Escarole makes me smile for multiple reasons. The first is that it reminds me of a long-ago co-worker who, after purchasing a piece of jewelry from an estate sale across the country — a gift for his girlfriend — told me he put the money “in escarole” while awaiting the ring’s arrival.

So, when I saw escarole and beans on the online menu at Oviedo’s Monte Vesuvio Italian Grill, I first thought of Greg and his ring and I chuckled. Then I ordered it, because it’s a dish I grew up eating, one that I love. Its earliest roots may reach back to southern Italy, but to most Americans it’s a Depression Era dish, one created to be hearty and filling sans meat — though I’ve seen sausage-inclusive versions over the years.

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SOURCE: https://www.orlandosentinel.com

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