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June 28, 2008


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Do I see caponata on that plate as the antipasto?! What a nice triad. But you do have me wondering what the secondo was. :)

If I'm having dessert, I also like to take some time after the main part of the meal before serving/eating it.


Yes, Lisa, that is my second caponata. The secondo was a frittata with kale from my little garden and fresh chevre ;)


Yum, yum, yum, yum...



The Italian way of serving courses just makes so much sense to me. Hope you are doing well, Simona :)


Ciao Simona. It's all well and good about ethics of serving dishes. As a 10 to 15 yr old, I remember the whole family being at another family's place with dozens of other families including kids, eating and everyone singing in 5 to 6 part harmonies, all the songs from Fiume and surrounds. Then, after midnight my Mum and Dad would invite all back to our place to a hot pasta sciutta (check the spelling)with more wine and more 'canzoni' waiting for the 'alba'
Those were the days.. Bruno

Susan from Food Blogga

May I talk you with me the next time I go out for Italian? :)


Hi Susan... Absolutely.. we can eat and drink till dawn.. haven't done it for years.... Bruno


Thanks for the primer, Simona. I have a cookbook, "Primi Piatti," that features antipasti and primi recipes. I'm more than happy to make a meal of these first two courses, especially during the summer.


Hi Paz: you make me smile.

Hi Maryann. I grew up with it and for many years that's all I knew.

Ciao Bruno. Sound like a lot of fun. Italians sure know how to stretch a meal until the wee hours.

Susan, too bad we do not live close to each other!

Agree, Susan. A nice pasta makes a refreshing summer meal.

Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes

Simona - this is one of my absolute favorite posts! Eating in Italian restaurants often I need to get that correct pronunciation. I love the audio file!! I have to practice gnocchi, as I have been saying Knee-o-key. haha


Hi Lori Lynn and thanks for the kind words. I am glad you found the post helpful.


I've been so behind in checking out my food blogger buddy's posts that I didn't see this one until now. And you so kindly mentioned me too!
That was a wonderful dinner, every course. However, all I can say about the 'contorno' is that we grilled patty pans, red peppers and tossed them together. It's not what I would call terribly blogworthy - like your delicious raspberry risotto! :)


Christine, the contorno was delicious and complemented well the rest of the spread. I will write about the raspberry soon.

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