We celebrated Lorenzo's upcoming birthday on Saturday, inviting the folks who look after our place in Sioux City while we're in Italy. GRAZIE to Lillian, Brent, Nick (Il Ducatista) and Sara! You can see here the birthday cake being created by Heather in the posh CycleItalia test-kitchen, a Carlo Zarri recipe for torta nocciola, made with hazelnuts we brought back this summer. Another shows the wine line up - we finished with a rare Montiano by Falesco in Lazio, a souvenir of our time living in Viterbo. Next you can see some of the group admiring the huge bowl of panzanella (Tuscan bread salad) and yes, we did manage to eat it all!
But we saved room for the main course, Larry's attempt to recreate the famous bistecca fiorentina - massive porterhouse steaks sliced "three fingers" thick and grilled over hot coals. Heather also prepared special tuscan beans with sage and tomato along with grilled zucchini and peppers to go with the steaks. Makes turning 56 years old pretty nice, don't you think?