An Italian Food Adventure
Italy, I am in love! What a stunningly beautiful and awe inspiring country. And the food…..!!!!
The one country that I have always wanted to visit presented itself in a stroke of very good fortune and a little thinking and planning. I won the trip, including cooking classes on the Amalfi Coast. A dream come true. Thank you La Zuppa. We had the most wonderful holiday.
We visited the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Rome and Florence.
Prior to this trip I had seen many pictures of famous Italian landmarks. They were enough to make me want to visit but did not prepare me for seeing them in person. Many left me speechless and unable to begin to adequately describe the beauty, or even the feeling of being there.
My favorite things :
- The little three wheeled farm utes.
Small enough to zip around the very skinny and very busy roads of the Amalfi Coast, and park on the footpath! Plus you can put your vegies and a garden shovel in the back 🙂
- The structure and neatness of the productive gardens
- The simplicity of the food
Simple flavors presented with no fuss but made with immense pride and care. The dish below was created for us by a family whose farm we visited (more on that in the coming weeks) When I say created – I mean grown and made from scratch – everything on the plate, including the olive oil, the wine served with lunch and the Limoncello that followed.
- Panini for lunch, stuffed with an endless variety of prosciutto and cheese
- The cooking classes led by Chef Carmen and the outstanding service we received at Relais Oasis Olimpia for the four nights we were treated to.
I can’t wait to share them. I have been stocking up the pantry since returning!
We needed to adjust to:
- The number of courses – antipasti, salad, soup, primi piatti, main, sides, dessert, drinks…….
- Eating late, an early dinner is 8pm. Many popular restaurants did not have a place until after 1o pm.
- The “Italian” measurements – this was amusing rather than an issue. They included an “Italian teaspoon” of salt, and an “Italian tablespoon of olive oil. The definition of this = LOTS
This trip left us with a strong motivation to return and explore more of this fascinating country.
We have started saving already, plus I tossed my coin into the Trevi Fountain to be sure 🙂
Have you been to Italy? Do you have a favorite location that we should plan to visit next time?
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