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

Mar 31, 2021 240


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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