Wednesday, October 2, 2019
For the past several years, I've celebrated my birthday here in Spello accompanied by the Angelini family and Dr. C. This year is a BIG one, and Dr. C. surprised me by flying in our daughter, son-in-law and son Ryan for the celebration. Let me tell you no one celebrates like the Italians!
Chef Marco Gubbiotti prepared our dinner, and for dessert, I'd requested a gelato cake from his gelateria Amandola. (best gelato in the world)
|Marco calls this one truffle carbonara: poached egg, crostini crumbs, pancetta, and truffles|
|Risotto with porcini and butternut squash|
|Pork two ways: chop and mini-porchetta|
A few days before the celebration my brother and his wife arrived for 3 days; we toured Gubbio where our grandparents were born, and enjoyed some family time here in Spello and Montefalco.
On the day the entourage arrived, they were still here and got to enjoy lunch together with our kids. It doesn't get any better than family gathered around the table.
Enoteca Properzio sent us to the Arnaldo Caprai winery for a wine tasting. This is one of the largest producers here in Umbria, and the setting couldn't be better.
|Sagrantino, not quite ready|
To say I was overwhelmed by the weekend would be an understatement. I'm so grateful to the family at Enoteca Properzio for arranging the celebration with my family this weekend, their generosity and love are astonishing, but then this is Italy, and their passion for what they do is evident every day. Living here is one big celebration of love, food, and family. Ciao for now.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Umbria is famous for its truffles, although the Piedmont gets the press, the truffles here are amazing. Our first day here, we sat at the enoteca from 11 a.m. and closed it at 9 p.m.--- I'll use the excuse that we were jet-lagged, and couldn't face the walk up the hill to our apartment.
At aperitivo time, we were served bruschetta with freshly grated truffles---this was mind-boggling.
As the week has gone on, we've enjoyed drinks and meals with our family and friends here.
|Prosciutto e Melone|
|Mediterranean Salad: mache, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, Sicilian tuna|
|Our host and brother, Roberto Angelini with our friend travel writer Sanghyun Baik|
Ciao for now.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Enoteca Properzio. The other night we were privileged to join a group from Ciclismo Classico and a couple from Georgia as the enoteca offered a cooking class and wine tasting to celebrate a birthday and the return of Ciclismo Classico to the enoteca. A chef came into the sala di pranzo and prepared a 3 course meal for all of us.
No celebration is complete without a cake. When I talk about Italy, I talk about the treasure here, it is not the food, wine, art, history or culture, it's the people. At Enoteca Properzio, you are treated like family. Each time we bring friends here, we prove our point. Hospitality is in their DNA, and they welcome everyone to their door. We are leaving Spello today, I leave my heart here until we return in the fall. Saying Ciao each time my heart breaks a bit, so ciao for now Spello.
|Cod over artichoke cream with roasted artichoke|
|Risotto with peas, and truffle|
|Chef Angelo and Luca|
|The main, being built: pickled cabbage, tomatoes|
|Pork tenderloin with a "sausage" made of pork belly, prosciutto and herbs|
|Heaven on a plate|
|Chef Angelo with Roberto|
Each course is served with small production, biodynamic wines to complement each food.
While the group was being served, we were sitting in the beautiful garden. It had been raining all week, and the temperatures were cold, but this night was magical due to the warmer temperatures and no rain.