Are you ready, y'all? It's November, and I know you thought we ate a lot of pumpkin-flavored things once fall hit, but November is for real. November leads up to the best pumpkin dish there is on turkey day — pumpkin pie. And though I could definitely eat pumpkin pie for 26 days until Thanksgiving arrived, I kind of like to save that magical dish for the big day because I like putting things on pedestals and looking forward to them and eating them at the perfect time and that time only.
But, pumpkin everything else is a go. So far this month (yes, it's day three), I have eaten maple pecan pumpkin cornbread, a pumpkin cappuccino, this amazing bruléed maple bourbon pumpkin pie (OKAY I LIED, I ALREADY ATE PUMPKIN PIE, I COULDN'T WAIT) and these pumpkin raviolis.
I had never really considered pumpkin ravioli until I moved to Italy, but they're probably one of the best pumpkin dishes I've ever had. Known as zucca ravioli, we ate these babies at the pumpkin festival in Ghizzole Montegaldella last month and I was over the moon and suddenly became very bad at sharing.
The pumpkin festival we attended was one of the biggest and best festivals I've been to in Italy — and that's saying a lot. If you thought Americans loved food, just watch the Italians put them to shame. They have a festival or two every weekend throughout the spring, summer and fall (fireworks included – it can be a burden), highlighting whatever is being harvested or some sort of dish. It's quite awesome, if you like food, which of course I do. There was unfortunately no picking of your own pumpkin at said pumpkin festival, which bummed my flannel-clad self out, but stuffing my face made up for it.
I learned how to make this pumpkin ravioli where I learned all my other favorite fall recipes — in a cooking class with Lucas Migliorelli. Seriously, come to Italy and we'll go. He's a sweetheart. Because there's nothing worse than traveling and falling in love with a dish and discovering you'll never be able to eat it again — unless you learn how to make it yourself, and you can with him!