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The Many Benefits of Mussels

When it comes to seafood, the mussel is always a good choice. Not only is it recognized as one of the more sustainable forms of seafood, but it’s also rich in a number of important vitamins and minerals. These include lean protein, vitamin C, iron, folate, phosphorus, and several B vitamins. Of particular note is their content of vitamin B12, selenium, and manganese, all three of which are particularly strong in the humble mussel. A single three-ounce serving of mussels gives you well over your daily recommended requirement for all three of these.

There are many good reasons to eat mussels, and our Seattle Italian restaurant gives you even more. Come and try mussels the Italian way in our cioppino, our linguini de mare, and more!

What is Antipasti?

Are you looking for something to snack on while you wait for your meal at our Seattle Italian restaurant? Don’t look for the “appetizers” on our menu! In Italy, the appetite is whetted with antipasti.

The word “antipasti” literally translates to “before the meal”. This represents the hors d’oeuvre course. In Italy, antipasti come in the form of four different categories: the meats, the vegetables, the olives, and the cheese.

  • Meats: Antipasti meats are usually served cold, like sausages, cold cuts, and cured meats.
  • Vegetables: Antipasti vegetables are generally raw or marinated. The most common selections in Italy include mushrooms, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Olives: Olives are important enough for Italian cuisine to get their own category, distinct from the vegetables. You will almost always find olives in an authentic antipasti course. They will often be served either by themselves or stuffed with cheese, garlic, nuts, or peppers.
  • Cheese: Cheeses are another big part of the antipasti course, usually coming in the form of traditional Italian selections. Some cheeses will be served by themselves, some will be wrapped in meat, some will be stuffed into mushrooms, and occasionally you will find a spreadable cheese to accompany bread.

What is Italian Sausage?

If you’re familiar with Italian food, you’re probably aware that the country is known for a variety of different sausages. With that in mind, do you know what to expect when presented with “Italian sausage”, like the sausage that comes with many of the dishes at our Seattle Italian restaurant?

In the United States, the term “Italian sausage” is generally used to describe a single specific kind of sausage. This is a sausage made from pork, red pepper flakes, and fennel. The end result can be anything from mild to hot, and is characteristic of a sweet flavor. It derives its name from the fact that it gets much of its flavor from popular Italian seasonings. However, if you ask for Italian sausage in Italy, your host is not likely to know what you are talking about.

Copper River King Salmon

Wonder why we serve Copper River King Salmon at IL Bistro?

Copper River King SalmonThe Copper River is a special place. The 10th largest river in the United States, this grand waterway consists of thirteen major tributaries and serves to drain 24,000 square miles. The water in this river runs at seven miles per hour, with an average twelve foot drop per mile. It is for this reason that the salmon that live in this river are some of the most highly prized salmon in the world.

A Copper River salmon needs to be a cut above, as it needs to travel three hundred miles through this mighty river just to spawn. To accomplish this, they have developed extra stores of the omega-3 fatty acids that make fish such an important part of your diet. Omega-3 serves to safeguard your circulatory system, protecting you from heart disease. Fish-based omega-3 improves the way the heart works and makes conditions that contribute to heart disease less dangerous. For these reasons, the American Heart and Diabetes Associations and the U.S. Government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that everyone should eat at least two servings of fish every week, especially “fatty” species such as salmon.

For people who already have heart disease or diabetes, the oils in fish are especially important, as they have the power to mitigate your disease and prolong life. Long-chain omega-3s from fish also help to:

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  • Maintain normal heart rhythms
  • Reduce the chance of stroke
  • Lower chance of having a first heart attack
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve the pattern of lipids in the blood
  • Improve levels of “good” cholesterol, or HDL
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower chance of blood clots
  • Improve heart rate adaptability
  • Stabilize arterial plaques

Enjoy the deliciously crafted Copper River King Salmon dish at our Seattle Italian restaurant.