We look forward to the smells of summer — the way the air gets thick and sparkly after a tropical sun shower, and sunscreen’s dreamy imprint on our memory banks beached in laughter and salty ocean breezes. This is a season that lets you know it’s here — and in a hurry.
In Florida, our fruit trees are heavy now with mango, lychee and even peaches. And when it comes to the fragrance of the season, a good peach can’t be beat in its intensity and truth. Putting nose to fruit is a pro tip you’ll notice chefs doing as second nature, because it’s a pretty great clue to ripeness.
“We shop for ingredients just like everyone else does, and we do a lot of smelling in the process,” explains chef Bradley Herron. “Finding a good peach is essential for this salad to work.”
To know what’s inside without breaking the skin, you have to trust nose more than your eyes or even fingers. If it’s good and ready, you’ll get the same zesty sweetness found in the flesh just by smelling it.
As we roll out summer specials at the pizzerias, the start of the season is always an interesting one as things get going. Early product coming in has been smelling strong so far – a good sign. Enjoy the Peach & Burrata Salad and Peach & Gorgonzola Pizza with our new Sangria, because lighter alcohol “cocktails” and summer go hand in hand when you want something refreshing and festive with which to cool off! Refreshing in its simplicity, ours combines your choice of three wines with San Pellegrino’s sparkling blood orange soda.
Brighten up your day and get a jump start on summer time — visit our website for hours, menu and to order online. For a genuine anthology of peaches, explore this archive on the blog, or a primer on summer fruit and how peaches came to cultivation here in the Sunshine State in a 2014 chat with then Michael’s Genuine chef de cuisine Niven Patel.