our family here.
The weather this past two weeks has had us inside a lot, but on the sunny days we are hanging out at the enoteca, and enjoying just being here. That whole mindfulness thing takes on a new meaning here. Long walks, down side streets lined with flower pots and hanging flowers, getting lost and finding ourselves at the top of the hill, realizing we've walked in a huge circle, and coming back to our apartment are all part of what we do here.
Meeting old friends, and picking up where we left off in their lives, is another sweet part of being here.
razie per l'ospitalità, we will see you at the end of August. Clicking these ruby slippers together and heading to the USA.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Scottadito Osteria Tagliavento, neither of us having tried this place before, but hearing nothing but rave reviews from our Angelini family.
The back story here is that the family owns a macelleria (butcher store) and they have expanded to serve their excellent meats in their own family restaurant. I only wish we'd had more time to have another meal there, the lamb and porchetta are on my list!
Tagliavento is open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, best to make a reservation, the place was packed on a rainsoaked Thursday night.
Dr. C. and I are headed for Rome to spend the night at the airport then fly to NYC on Saturday to see our daughter and her family. Ciao for now!
Scottadito Osteria Tagliavento
Corso Amendola 28Bevagna
Phone: 0742-360897 or 345 2438361
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Today Dr. C. and I took a stroll into neighborhoods we hadn’t been to before. There are so many back alleys, and little cul de sacs here it’s easy to get lost wandering.
|Dr. C. at the bottom of our stairs|
In about 3 weeks Spello will have it’s annual festival L’infiorata, where flower petals are laid onto the street in designs by each neighborhood. It is a festival of the feast of Corpus Domini, and it is magnificent.
Another part of this, is that each home has flowering plants outside their doors, and hung from balconies. The winners have lovely tile plaques on their walls to commemorate their winning for the year. Since it’s been cold here, two weekends ago it was 30 degrees F, , with strong winds, some of the flowering plants are late, but none-the-less, each person is doing their best to outdo their neighbors.
At one time Spello (this is a little burg) had 100 churches. One of my favorite pasttimes is to look for frescoes on the walls. They are little surprises of joy when you find them.
|This one is right outside our front door----several years ago, I'd lived here for 2 months and never saw it|
These are the ones we found today. As usual when doing a little passegiata, as the Italians call it, we end up at Enoteca Properzio---it’s kind of like a magnet. Today we met people from all over the US, with 2 groups were from California.
|Roberto explaining the wines|
|Son Luca discussing the wines available.|
Sunday, May 1, 2016
|Left: Rice crackers Right: cocoa butter shell filled with Campari and grapefruit juice--this is on the table in heaven|
|another little surprise, a delightful cold soup|
|Oh and there was bread! What an incredible selection|
|Shrimp cocktails---mine above, Dr. C's below---I'm allergic to raw tomatoes --- an Italian that is allergic to raw tomatoes is hard to believe!|
|Rick opted for the steak tartare|
|I felt like Oliver in the play, I wanted more, but knew that I had another course coming|
|This is my pork dish, with little pillows of apple puree and mustard seeds, it was delicious|
|Dr. C. had the black cod--amazing|
|Rick went for the foie gras ravioli---another awesome explosion of flavors|
|From left: creme caramel, toffee, lemon tart, glace jelly, and chocolate.|
Restaurants like Glass come along so seldom in life; inspired and inventive dishes with explosions of flavor and varied textures, exceptional wait staff and an ambiance that makes you want to stay for the entire night. What also makes Glass unique is that Chef Bowerman treats the ingredients with respect and care, changing the menu monthly to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. If you are in Rome and can get a reservation I urge you to experience Glass, it is remarkable. Ciao for now.
Glass Hosteria 58, Vicolo del Cinque - 00153 Roma, Italy | tel. +39 06 58335903 firstname.lastname@example.org |