Summer is in full swing in Italy, and as a result of Alajmo kitchen pantries are packed with ripe and colorful ingredients.


In celebration of all the earthly delights that continue to arrive at Alajmo doorstep, Max has created new menus for all six of the Alajmo family restaurants and bistros.

At Le Calandre, start your meal with a cold melon soup with lobster crudo and green celery sorbet, followed by olive oil-based risotto with fresh watermelon, mullet bottarga, Tropea onions, bergamot and pistachio.

Next door at Il Calandrino, you will find eggplant ravioli served with a mix of Mediterranean delicacies, like datterini tomatoes, basil pesto, black olives and anchovies. And be sure to save room for a pistachio semifreddo with peach sauce and raspberry puree.

Across town at La Montecchia, the summer menu features mouth-watering dishes like beef carpaccio with hemp seed sauce, lime and chili pepper and bigoli with squab and mushroom sauce.

For a causal lunch on-the-go or a relaxing dinner al fresco, head to abc Montecchia where you will find a wide selection of pizzas and bruschette, as well as Italian summertime classics like eggplant parmesan and vitello tonnato (veal in tuna sauce).

If you find yourself in Venice don’t miss Ristorante Quadri this summer.  Treat yourself to an extra virgin vegetable garden made with sun-soaked summer produce, followed by Venetian-style fried fish with Quadri sauce. And for dessert, choose between Per-Bellini, peach and prosecco sorbet with apple and peach meringue, or gin tonic fruit salad with pineapple mousse.

And for a quick lunch or dinner, stop by abc Quadri for acold tomato soup with crispy vegetables or club sandwichwith light curry mayonnaise.