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Foods for an Italian-Inspired Autumn

Now, as we move further into the Fall, change is taking place in more ways than one. In fact, there is change all around; in the weather, the temperature, and most importantly, in this case, food trends! Though fall-time activities such as apple picking are great ways to immerse yourself in the soul of the season, it can be argued that indulging in seasonal foods is just as ideal – and we certainly agree with this sentiment. Here at Nico, we are in the business of serving delicious Italian fare, and in today’s blog, we’ll be looking at how fall-inspired foods can make their way into Italian-inspired cooking! Join us for a meal in Boston’s historic North End by calling 617-742-0404 today!


Though you may not immediately think of pumpkin as a flavor that is commonly used in Italian cooking, there is a fair amount of evidence to the contrary. As a matter of fact, pumpkin – better known as zucca in Italy – can be found in a variety of savory dishes throughout the culture’s cooking. Its mild, yet pleasant taste provides some fall-time flavor to dishes, especially when it is used as a stuffing for ravioli, tortellini, and other stuffable pasta shapes. Zucca isn’t just for pasta dishes either and can be purposed for delicious, hearty soups, which are quite ideal for the cooler, crisp temperatures of the fall season. When concocting your next fall-time pasta dish or soup, consider using perhaps the most popular flavor of the season – pumpkin!


Though delicious any time of year, freshly prepared mushrooms make for an excellent addition to a wide variety of dishes throughout Italian cooking. In just about any meal you can incorporate mushrooms, the possibilities are quite expansive, but they are most commonly featured in savory dishes like meat-based meals, pasta dishes, and others. Known best as funghi in Italy, mushrooms are often paired alongside grain-based foods like pasta and risotto, and are typically accompanied by a sauce.

Looking for Great Italian Food and Wine in the North End? Visit Nico!

Nico Boston offers an expansive menu of delectable Italian entrees and a variety of quality wines. If you’re looking to pair a delicious meal with the perfect wine – Nico is your place! Give us a call today at (617) 742-0404 or make your reservation online. We look forward to serving you!


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