Italian Frittata vs Spanish Omelette

13th June 2022

Italian Frittata vs Spanish Omelette

Two neighbouring countries, two egg dishes, two Sparkling Wines and two very happy people ready to taste the difference.

In this article, we are pairing the Italian Frittata vs Spanish Omelette, each backed up with a bottle of Sparkling Wine from their country.

What Is The Difference Between an Italian Frittata & Spanish Omelette?

The only thing these two egg dishes have in common is the fact that they both use eggs, the Italian Frittata is made with Egg, Italian Sausage and Parmesan Cheese, Milk and Onion, whereas the Spanish Omelette called ‘tortilla de patatas’ in Spain, is made from just Egg and Potatoes.

The cooking method is also slightly different, a frittata is cooked slowly over low heat and finished in the oven, while an omelette is cooked quickly over higher heat. Whereas omelettes are served hot straight from the stove, frittatas can be enjoyed both hot and cold.

We wanted to pair these two egg dishes together, each with a bottle of Sparkling Wine from their originating countries, from Italy we have a bottle of Villa Sandi and from Spain, a bottle from Miguel Torres.

Italian Frittata Fact- The Sicilians introduced Louisiana to many vegetable versions of the Frittata in the 1800s.

Spanish Omelette Fact- The Spaniards and Aztecs made the first Egg Omelette in 1519, we don’t fully know when the first Spanish Omelette was first made.

Villa Sandi

Villa Sandi – Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Brut Rivetta 120 – Italy

Aroma 👃 “Delicate, creamy like, green fruits, yellow fruits, white floral and daisy’s on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Soft, subtle and elegant, the Prosecco displays lovely white floral, green apples, and foliage on the palate.”

Silver Medal Winner in the Sea Breeze Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Located in the picturesque region of Prosecco, Villa Sandi has had a foothold in the region since 1622 thanks to the Moretti Polegato family, for several generations they have dedicated their lives to producing and sharing their wines and Proseccos around the world. They offer amazing tours open to anyone, exploring their 18th-century barrel cellar, winery and vineyards, you can also find Villa Sandi organising bike tours around the Prosecco region, a perfect way to explore Prosecco. But Villa Sandi doesn’t just make Prosecco they also make a selection of award winning traditional method sparkling wines.

Miguel Torres

Miguel Torres – Cuvée Esplendor de Vardon Kennett 2014 – Spain

Aroma 👃 “Whipped cream on an array of green fruits, and apple tree leaves on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “The creaminess takes a step over towards the texture rather than the flavour, with silky green fruits and a touch of sea breeze on the palate.”

Silver Medal Winner in the Classic & Elegant Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Miguel Torres has had a foothold in Spain since 1870, two brothers founded the company, and they brought with them Winegrowing knowledge that their family has had since 1678.

In 1904 they served royalty, His Majesty King Alfonso XIII visited the winery and enjoyed lunch inside a 500,000 litre wooden cask.

The Showdown

The eggs have been cracked, the bottles have been popped and now it’s time for the showdown between the creations of Italy and the creations of Spain.

Italian Frittata and Prosecco Pairing – “The Prosecco adds subtle green fruits and floral notes, removing some of the greasiness from the dish, the alcohol gets absorbed into the fluffy egg and milk mix, enhancing the savoury Italian sausage flavours.”

Spanish Omelette and Spanish Sparkling Wine Pairing – “The sparkling wine perfectly flows through the egg and lands on the potatoes, enriching the potato flavours, leaving subtle green fruits and an alcoholised omelette.”

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.