Fresh, ripe seasonal fruit is the perfect snack or dessert. My place of choice to find the season’s best is at one of those country roadside stands or a farmer’s market.
A few years ago, my son and I came across a cherry festival in the Veneto region of Italy. We devoured our fair share of this sweet little fruit.
Fresh cherries will forever remind me of that wonderful day spent in Marostica, the tiny medieval village with the massive walls.
If you can manage not to eat them all before you get home, a bowl of cherries and a limonata is delightful on a lazy summer afternoon.
Unlike typical American dinners that end with a piece of cake or a slice of pie, Italians prefer to simply have an espresso and a piece of fruit to end a meal (we save the decadent desserts for special occasions).
To serve family style, place rinsed cherries in a large platter or bowl. You can also fill small individual bowls for each dinner guest. No utensil needed, as each cherry comes with it’s own handle (stem).