Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tastes of the 2014 Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market, Part 1

UPDATED Saturday, September 27, 2014

Louie Baratta, owner of Something Italian, likes to think outside of the box… the pizza box! This season Something Italian tried out some unusual ingredients on its Farmers' Market breakfast pizzas, including a pizza with bacon, mini-waffles, scrambled egg, and light drizzle of pancake syrup.

They also craft a Breakfast Supreme pizza with bacon, Italian sausage, green and black olives, and green and banana peppers. A more familiar build for the last couple of seasons is pizza with bacon and oven-poached eggs.

A breakfast item often overlooked at Something Italian's Market stand is their frittata. Louie's own mother, Rosina, makes these frittatas herself. And the pride she takes in making them is revealed with every delicious slice. It's become my top egg-based food item at the Market. Above left, I brought home a couple slices of bacon. It was so filling I had to share one with my favorite barista at Capes Kafé. A frittata with Gorgonzola, Blue and ricotta cheeses was nothing short of amazing! Just that little bit of Blue offers a subtle funky goodness.

A ham and potato frittata is practically a complete breakfast, short of a dollop of sour cream as per Louie's suggestion. I settled for dilled Greek yogurt.

From Papillon, I enjoyed a plate of savory ćevapi sausages with cucumber sauce, red bell pepper relish, and a doughy soft grilled pita. Pupusas El Salvador brings down the law on the slaw with their hefty, meal-sized spinach pupusas, topped with Salvadoran slaw and a spicy salsa verde. Both these dishes will fill you up right. A coconut macaroon encased in a chocolate cookie from Vander Ploeg Bakery is an affordable treat you can still make room for.

For more tastes of the Market, see Part 2.

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