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Fragole al Limone – Strawberries with Lemon

by Maria Elena Price - Monday, May 9, 2022

For someone who really doesn’t like fruit salad, Maria Elena has a strange love for this particular simple dessert. It is the perfect easy dish to serve on a spring day with brunch or to take to a BBQ.


  • Strawberries (one pint or two, depending on how many people you have)
  • Sugar (1 tbsp per pint of strawberry)
  • Juice of one lemon (per pint) or you can use red wine vinegar (1 tbsp) or balsamic vinegar (1-1.5 tbsp)

Wash the strawberries.  You can count on 5 – 10 strawberries per person. Cut them into two or three pieces, place them in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. The amount of sugar will depend on the sweetness of the berries and on the amount necessary to satisfy your “sweet tooth.” On average, one pint of strawberries could use 1 or 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar. Add the juice of at least one lemon and stir lightly but thoroughly. In Italy they often use red wine instead of lemon juice, or even balsamic vinegar!

Refrigerate the strawberries for at least a couple of hours.  Taste them before serving to make sure the mixture is not too sour. If it is, add a bit more sugar and ENJOY.

P.S. Italians usually don’t put ice cream on top of the strawberries, but tastes and traditions do change, so help yourself to a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream or use the strawberries to top a pound cake if you so desire!

Maria Elena Price - Maria Elena Malpezzi-Price: 'M.E.' started her bicycle tour leading experiences as a 5 year old, translating ice cream flavors on our first Venice to Pisa tours. Since then, she's led tours in more than 10 countries (specializing in Spain, where she lived for more than a year). With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and International Affairs and an MBA From the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado, Boulder she manages the business and its development at the Fort Collins office in Colorado (and of course traveling to Europe in the summers). She loves going out on tour and hopes to manage to travel a bit even though now she is "in charge" of the Fort Collins office! You can e-mail her at MariaElena {at}

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