Ieri sono andata a New York per un pranzo. Bertolli mi ha invitato a mangiare pasta e…..
Wait, am I not in Italy right now?
Yesterday’s Bertolli lunch in New York City has me dreaming of Italy. It has now been four years since I have visited, and I miss it terribly. After living in Florence for 8 months in 2004 I said I left my heart there. While I found love and a beautiful life here, a piece of my heart will always remain in Italia. The last time I visited was in 2006 with my girlfriends Lynne and Gina, and we had an epic trip (that was for you, Caitlin). We visited our favorite sites, drank lots of good wine, danced and indulged in some delicious meals!
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Train ride & sunset:
Ponte Vecchio and view from Piazza Michelangelo:
Bike tour and my favorite hair cut ever, the mulettina:
Flash forward to A Voce in New York’s Columbus Circle. I am sitting with some lovely bloggers, eating delicious pasta, and watching the first webisode of “Into the Heart of Italy“. Rocco DiSpirito, Dan Cortese, and Marisa Tomei visit Italy and explore the country through its food. From what I have already seen, the webisodes not only welcome you into the heart of Italy, but they warm your heart. Even watching the preview I found myself wistful for another moment in Italy, another bite of delicious homemade pasta or cheese, another passeggiata down a beautiful street. I miss Italy.
We were served a beautiful lunch inspired by the flavors the 3 discovered in Italy. The appetizer was simple but decadent.. a few mushrooms laid on a bed of creamy fonduta with just a hint of truffles.
Il primo was a beautiful, lightly dressed plate of farfalle (a pasta also known here as bowties) with pecorio romano and rapini. Il secondo was farro (one of my favorite grains, and one I rarely find here in the quality I enjoy) with braised beef short ribs.
A small course of a hunk of parmigiano reggiano was served with balsamic, but I did not try it.
I was too busy chatting in Italiano con mia amica da bell’alimento! For the grand finale we were served BOMBOLINI! For those of you that don’t know, just think… heavenly. These were lightly fried donuts filled with a cream and served with a dark chocolate sauce.
After enjoying that lunch, having some wine, and chatting with the fellow bloggers as well as Rocco & Dan, we all headed into the other room where we learned the “farfalle pinch”. The bloggers, from left to right: Tina, Vera, Paula, Lori, Lori, and me. Missing: Chris
Thank you for the photo, Tina!
In my opinion, pasta dough does not have to be difficult to make. As many of you saw, I made pumpkin ravioli with some friends in the fall, and it was not only easy but lots of fun! The farfalle pinch, however, was much more difficult. I have to admit I was jealous that Tina got it right on the first, second, third, and fourth tries! I thoroughly enjoyed a decadent cappuccino as well as a cookie during the farfalle demonstration.
The whole afternoon I really felt as though I was in Italy. The lunch felt like an Italian getaway, where time has no end and a 3 hour lunch is expected. If you want to take a break from the daily grind to relax and step into Italy for a moment, watch these webisodes (Episode 1). While they don’t come with wine and fabulous cappuccinos, they will make you smile.
Thank you for a memorable afternoon, Bertolli!