Cocktail Party (1)
Tender boiled octopus brightened with a lemony dressing is a Venetian cicheti staple.
For this salad, Cesare Casella of Beppe in New York City uses only the Tuscan dried beans he imports. He recommends a mixture of beans that is pleasingly varied in color, size, and texture.
Much prized in Italy and France, and especially in Piedmont and Nice, cardoons are in season from about October through February.