Sunday, July 31, 2016

I left my heart in Italia

Classic Caprese celebrating the colors of Italia!

Every summer my posts are few and far between, but I promise it's with good reason. This time around I was a bit preoccupied being the happiest glutton in Italy. We took a family vacation to the magnificent Lake Como, marvelous Milan, and mysterious Venice. Every meal we drank about 3 bottles of San Pelligrino, had either a Caprese or proscuitto e melon, and my dad would most certainly order the linguini alle vongole. I ate a surprising amount of eggplant parmigiana and ordered zucchini blossoms and tiramisu whenever it was on the menu. My mother was all about the Adriatic seafood, wanting to try everything from the lake fish to sea snails. My brother developed an obsession with pappardelle Bolognese, and I with proscuitto di Parma and gelato, though that's not new. I love eating in Italy, and Italian cooking is clearly a big part of my life. It's all about the fresh ingredients used in simple ways to bring out the natural flavors of the food. Also, major shout out to everyone in the service industry. Every server was so professional and courteous! Oh, I reminisce sometime;  how I wish I were sipping a cappuccino in Milano right now!  

the most impressive crab pasta by Villa Olmo
a beautiful butter roll at Ristorante Raimondi

the original Bellagio

Como lakeside lunch
linguini alle vongole, the family favorite
zucchini flowers everywhere! (before)
zucchini flowers (after) by Giacomo Arengario
such a great strawberry tart, we had another one
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by night

fresh on fresh at Antica Trattoria della Pesa
osso bucco with risotto Milanese in the back at Antica Trattoria della Pesa

my brother's favorite, the pappardelle Bolognese at Peck
figs and peaches for my morning proscuitto
the bustling city of Venice
mornings at the Rialto fish market
the perfect way to end a meal: ricotta cheesecake at Al Covo
the amuse bouche at Il Ridotto, watermelon tomato soup with fresh ricotta
the whimsical island of Burano
7 euro pitcher of house wine
the legendary seafood risotto at Trattoria da Romano
and but of course, gelato all day erryday

1 comment:

  1. I have been WAITING for this post to come out! You sure know how to keep your crowd in suspense.
    The paperdelle bolognese seems SO simple though... was it a real cut above the rest? How was the texture of the noodle?
    Oh, and that crab pasta? Molto bene!