I Never Forget A Meal

I am borrowing the title of a book by Michael Tucker who also fell in love with Italy and has always loved food.  Italian food and Italian meals are to be savored and enjoyed. His book was great and you can find copies on Amazon. Also recommended is “Living in a Foreign Language” also by Michael Tucker which is similar to Under the Tuscan Son, but with more humor and a bit of attitude. 

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We are on the island of Ischia, a small island off the coast of Napoli. We stayed in a small hotel with great views of the area and had a pleasant lunch of  Prosciuto e Melone.

 

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We also hand Insalata Capresse with fresh mozzarella di buffala

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At anolther ristorante in ischia we had frutti di mare. As fresh as you can get.

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While staying on Lake Carda in the town of Brenzone we had a waterfront dinner of Cacio e PepeIMG 1785

Lunch at a winery in Vicenza IMG 1787

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Below is home made pasta in Milano, I took a pasta making class. 

Felt is was time to lear how to do it, I had a pasta making machine at home that my bother bought about thirty years ago.

 

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Nothing like your own fresh pasta

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IMG 1445Pasta alla Norma 

 

 

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Mixed fruit that we bought at the market in Siracusa  Sicily

Below is beefsteak Florentine

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You start with aged meet. This is from Il Pandemonio, Florence Italy

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It comes rare to medium rate, It is a think steak, about 1.5 to 2.0 inches. 

There is nothing like it.

 

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Back in Catania, Sicily

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An entire meal of antipasti 

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My wife Angel and I after a wonderful meal.

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Il Torre Del Mangia, Siena

Piazza  del  Campo

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Insalata Capresse

Pasta with Pesto

There are more to come. This Brunello from 2011 met it Demis in 2020 as we reminisced about Italy.

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PHOTOS FROM THE SOUTH EAST COAST OF ITALY

I always love to view some of my older photos of Italy. My library has about 20,000 photos covering 1998 to 2019.

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Castello Aragonese on the island of Ischia off the coast of Napoli

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Ischia Island

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The real taste of buffalo mozarella , shop in Ischia

 

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Procida, between. Napoli and Ischia

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Trani

La cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (cattedrale di Trani)

 

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A trulli in Albrobello 

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The castle like roofs of the trulis

Many things come together and these photos bring back many wonderful memories of our travels.

Osteria da Mariano, Siracusa Sicily

Ristorante da Mariano in Siracusa is a small space with all the right things. A short walk from the center of Siracusa or the waterfront this is where you can find local Sicilian cooking. DSC04838

I first went there in 2014 and came back again 2017. Same great food and excellent service. If you are in Siracusa, you will enjoy this restaurant.   

Here are some photos which I hope do the restaurant justice. The osteria is less formal than the ristorante, but with excellent local specialties. 

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The appetizer went quickly.

 

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Here is a Yelp review with the address

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ristorante-mariano-siracusa

Buon appetito.

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Oh yes do not forget the docle. 

Alberobello, Apulia Italy

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The trulls are whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs.   Hut is misleading as they can be quite elaborate. We decided to visit the Apulia area of Italy and found ti to be beautiful  and hospitable.  Cities like Alberobello, Ostuni, and Trani are well worth the trip down south on the Adriatic side. 

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The construction is amazing

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The architecture style applies to many buildings.

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A perfect town to walk in.

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This is a beautiful town and well worth the visit.  Click on link for map.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/70011+Alberobello,+Metropolitan+City+of+Bari,+Italy/@40.7917018,16.9671958,10z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x1347b264abcdaa6f:0xdec45d1171885f51!8m2!3d40.7864131!4d17.240936

 

 

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