Served alongside a main dish, ''contorni'' are an essential part of the Italian table. These delicious side dishes provide balance & added flavor -- esp. when prepared with seasonal ingredients picked at their peak of ripeness. From Fritella, a spring vegetable medley of artichokes, peas, & fava beans, to Pasticcio de Carote e Gorgonzola, a wintry, warm, & hearty carrot & gorgonzola pie, this unique cookbook delivers great recipes all year long. Explores the origins of ''contorni,'' revealing recipes that follow the seasons, taking advantage of each ingredient at its flavorful peak. These recipes are more than just deliciously authentic, they are also perfect for introducing a whole new collection of side dishes to your repertoire. Mouthwatering color photos!