At the end of our first full day we do a wine and food pairing dinner with Graziella, Rita, and Carla. We’ve done this dozens of times and it is always different. Amazing the variety, and the creativity of these powerhouse women.
This was the appetizer plate. Eggplant flan with a squash puree on top, truffle on bread, arugula pesto and more. This was preceded with bruschetta using Rita and Carla’s unbelievable olive oil.
For the secondo we had lamb and a salad. Not pictured was panna cotta with strawberries for dessert. Each course came with a different wine that Graziella helped us taste and appreciate with the food it was paired.
Next night we went to make pasta with Maurizio, followed by dinner on the pasta we had made.
Emma, Maurizio’s daughter who I have known since she was one, joined us for her first ever pasta making lesson.
Maurizio had this beautiful machine that rolls out the dough in a heartbeat. Very cool!
Angel hair, tagliatelle, fettuccine, and papperdelle all coming from the dough we made.
There are about 230 different pasta shapes in Italy! Maurizio showed us just a few of the possibilities.
This long one I want to try at home. It holds lots of sauce. Need to go back and get the name of it from him! Then came the dinner.
The appetizer plate that includes a little omelette, a little quiche, two baby pizzas, and one made with turnips. Mamma Mia!
The primis. Two pastas – one with a ragu sauce and one with eggplant. In front is risotto made with saffron from his garden. Incredible! And he showed us a new way to get the risotto started I’ll be trying at home.
The secondi. Wild boar, roast beef, bacon, roasted potato, and look how he made flowers with the veggies!
Maurizio is a pastry chef by training. This was dessert, all of it delectable.
So that was two nights with of yum. Last night we ate at Cibus. The have a new, beautiful menu.
A big bowl of mussels and sea bream. Two big, beautiful salads to finish the night.
Cappuccino at the market before shopping for a picnic lunch. Food in Italy! Buon appetito!!
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