With Saint Valentine approaching we decided it was time to prepare a Romantic Italian Recipe for our readers: Capesante Gratinate....for two people only!

Ingredients

* 1kg romance
* 4 scallops
* 500gr imagination
* 4 tablespoons bread crumbs
* 750gr creativity
* 1 spoon chopped fresh parsley
* 1 spoon grated Parmesan
* 2 spoons extra virgin olive oil
* 2 glasses Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC

Procedure:

Pour yourself a glass of prosecco, take a sip and, while the perlage is tickling your pallet, close your eyes and imagine to be standing on the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Listen to the sound of water lapping against the palazzi, the distant noise of vaporetti mixing with the voice of gondoliers singing romantic songs. You are in the most romantic place in the world!

As you open your eyes, take another sip of prosecco and walk towards your fridge, but be creative!

The kicthen counter is just the stand of a fruit vendor in Rialto’s market, the chairs are other customers waiting in line and the prosecco will do the rest ;-) !

Get the scallops out of the fridge. While you clean and wash them you are obviously just looking at the fish monger near the Gran Canal doing it for you, like in the video below.

Remove the mussels and rinse with cold water. Wash the shells thoroughly and pat dry. This is the time to pre-heat the oven and put the most romantic Italian music you have in your collection on. Puccini’s Nessun Dorma from Turandot is a never-fail classic.

Mix all the remaining ingredients, place the scallops back in the shells and sprinkle with the bread crumbs mixture. Pour a little olive oil on each shell and bake in a preheated oven at 180 C° for 15 minutes.

...let the magic begin, you know how the recipe ends!