An authentic taste of Italy heading to Birmingham

Stand by for an authentic taste of southern Italy when a Puglian pop-up is held in Birmingham.

Monica and Valentina are flying into Birmingham from the foot of Italy to cook at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in York Road, Kings Heath, for three nights from June 15-17.

The four-course menu at the pop-up – called A Casa – costs £35 a head.
Some courses have choices. Advance bookings are necessary.
Guests will be welcomed with an apertivo of either Campari orange or prosecco.
Antipasto on Thursday and Saturday will be cialledda con burrata – Bari’s version of a panzanella – a refreshing bread and tomato salad with olives, red onion, barattiere, rocket and oregano, served with fresh burrata cheese, the creamy cousin of mozzarella.

Primo piatto choices include lasagna al forno con le melanzane – aubergine lasagne – or insalata di riso fredda con melanzane, zucchine, e mandorle – summery, aromatic rice salad with aubergine, courgette, sesame seeds and almonds flavoured with oregano and fresh mint

A surprise taster from the chefs follow.
Secondo piatto options include peperoni ripieni con focaccia bianca – roasted pepper stuffed with bread, egg, capers, garlic and pecorino romano cheese served with homemade rosemary focaccia and green salad leaves – or pollo alla cacciatora con patate al forno e zucchine alla poverella – hunter’s chicken cooked in olive oil, garlic, rosemary, white wine and a touch of tomato with oven potatoes and golden marinated courgettes.

Desserts include tiramisù alle fragole – a light homemade strawberry tiramisù using fresh English strawberries or a tasting board of four Puglian cheeses with honey and homemade chutney.
The menu is slightly different on Friday, with seafood options and an antipasto of sweet and sour peppers with burrito.
Vegetarian, dairy-free and glutted-intolerant diners are catered for.
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