Chef Luke Palladino Celebrates Squash Blossom Season with Must-Try Summer Dish

After an extremely harsh winter, squash blossoms are beginning their late bloom at area farms. In celebration of the delicate flower’s return, Chef Luke Palladino presents Fiori di Zucca, which features locally sourced squash blossoms stuffed with sweet corn, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmigiano reggiano, tempura fried and tossed with parmigiano reggiano, chives and parsley.

This must-try dish will be available at Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking (199 New Road, Central Square, Linwood, NJ 08221) starting on Monday, June 16, 2014. That morning, Luke will visit Dan Graiff Farm to personally select the blossoms for the evening’s dinner service. Guests that evening will receive a complimentary order plus enjoy a free glass of prosecco.

"Fiori di Zucca is our most popular antipasto ever,” said Luke. “Italians have fond childhood memories of their Nonna making these in the kitchen. The batter is so light that the flavor of the flower itself really stands out.”

For reservations and more information, call 609-926-3030, reserve on Open Table or visit Fiori di Zucca is one of several signature dishes that Chef will offer at Palladino’s when it opens on 1934 East Passyunk Avenue.