Monday, June 22

Pranzo Al Fresco ~ The Perfect Summer Lunch Menu

Pranzo alfresco - you just can't beat a long summer lunch on a warm day gathered around the table full of old friends. It's been incredible to walk down into the orto & collect the veggies & fruits needed for lunch or dinner. Here is the perfect menu for a lovely summer lunch- (served just this last weekend at our farmhouse/agriturismo).

Antipasti ~
Prosciutto & melon
Green beans with pomodorini & 30 year old aged Traditional Aceto Balsamico of Modena (Recipe)
Fichi con pecorino e miele ~ Figs with aged pecorino (sheeps milk cheese) drizzled with local honeyFine finocchio ~ Shaved fennel salad
Insalata lenticchi ~ Lentil salad (Recipe)

Primi ~
Spaghetti alla chitarra con fiori di zucchini ~ Pasta with squash blossoms
Taglietelle con porcini freschi ~ Pasta with fresh porcini mushrooms & sausage

Secondo ~
Lesso con salsa verde ~ Poached beef with green sauce (Recipe)
Insalta mista ~ Mixed lettuce & arugula salad

Dolce ~
Ciliege con mascarpone e biscotti ~ Cherries mascerated in brandy topped with mascarpone & mint with a star cookie (Recipe)
mangia bene~

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