My memories of summers in Italy as a child are filled with the whitewashed buildings of Sperlonga, running around (ie. getting into trouble) with cousins, tanning on the beach, cobblestone vicoli, and insalata di riso. Yes, insalata di riso!
Insalata di riso is an Italian rice salad that is a staple in Italy (or at least the Lazio region) for the summer. If we spent a whole day at the beach, someone would make insalata di riso to bring. That’s where I remember eating it the most. Sitting under our ombrellone when it was time to have lunch and having this refreshing rice salad, along with some panini, and fresh fruit. And it seems like everyone else at the beach was doing the same thing – eating their insalata di riso.