Tuesday, March 25

Una Grande Festa per Pasqua! An Easter Feast!

We hosted our first festa (or food party) for Lunedi  di Pasqua  (Monday of Easter - which is a holiday here in Italy, of course it is! And everything is closed, people we spoke with couldn't believe that stores were open in the U.S. on this Monday and god forbid you would go to work! Most Italians spend Easter with family & Easter Monday with friends.) We did just that, but with a lot of work, bags of flour, 4 dozen eggs, bottles of olive oil and more than enough pork fat involved! 

(Here's the pasta makin' - everyone helped out!)

It snowed all day on Easter as we made bread, pasta dough, desserts & prepped for Monday
- we were so nervous our road would freeze & make it too difficult for everyone to come, but in the morning the sun started shinning & melted everything on the road...then the winds changed - sleet & the snow fell again & 2 minutes later the sun would shine (repeat)-the weather was just crazy all day!

There were 23 guests who all left with a full belly & a bit surprised that Jason, an American could cook such perfect Italian food! One guest even mentioned how touched he was by the truly Italian menu and the tastes of Jason's cooking.Jason created a masterpiece menu with TUTTI (EVERYTHING) made by hand:


Prosciutto & Salumi Marchigiani (local) with fresh & aged pecorino
Chickpeas salad with anchovy dressing 
Baby onions with 30-year old balsamic
Sauteed greens with roasted cherry tomatoes
Roasted red & yellow peppers
Grilled eggplant & zuchini with mint
Radish & fennel salad
Piadine - grilled flat bread (see recipe in previous blog below) 
Carrots with fennel seed & red wine vinegar
Radicchio stuffed with ricotta & walnuts
Homemade bread (see previous blog-Pane fresca)

Zuppa Pavese (broth with crostini & egg yolk-an great story of its creation for a king will come soon..)
Tagliatelle con carciofi - Pasta with spring artichokes
Rigatoni with spinach, tomato & panchetta

Guanciale di Maiale con salvia, olio & aglio - Pig cheek with sage, olive oil & garlic (this is so fat but sooo delicious most women won't eat it but Meagan & I love it! It's like the best bacon ever!)

Torta con nutella & noci - a nutella & walnut cake (think brownie)
Abbracci - cookies
Ciambella Marmorizzata - marble cake
And of course the desserts were made by Meagan our master baker!

I love Italians because they are passionate about food! When the pasta was presented they cheered, when Jason came through the dinning room the first time they all stood & raised their glass to the Chef and when the desserts appeared they were in awe (with the women grabbing for paper & pen asking for the recipes.)

We asked for 20Euro a person for this homemade feast but our guests banned together & said no- they must pay 22Euro a person! Many already booking their next meal with us.

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