Thursday, June 4, 2009

Final night in southern Italy

The night sky over our "undisclosed location" on our final night before returning to our northern Italian HQ. Tonight we enjoyed typical cooking at a noted SlowFood eatery. Antipasti were (we selected the tasting menu) zucchini in a sort of carpione (vinegar) sauce with fennel, a frittata with truffles, a heavenly caponata, a mushroom zuppa served in a tiny bread bowl and polenta topped with Lucanian sausage and tomato sauce. First plates were cavatelli with local olive oil and tomato, then a "Sarconi" bean puree topped with fresh pasta shaped like leaves. The bean dish has us planning to search for some dried ones tomorrow before we leave. Second plate was sort of a Lucanian version of saltimbocca or cordon bleu---a pork slice covered with scamorza cheese and pancetta. Wonderful dishes all, especially with a 2003 Aglianico del Vulture! We finished with a yogurt mousse with strawberries for dessert. Sadly, the itinerary we're working on will not be on our 2010 schedule but we're determined to come up with a great tour of this (that for now will have to remain a secret) region.

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