Lonesome European Sideways – Day 9
Every Sunday my sister Luisa gathers her three sons with corresponding families and my mom for a true traditional Sunday lunch. Whenever I am in Italy, I am invited to participate at least once.
The meal starts with hors d'oeuvres of small cannoli filled with tomato, olives, or eggplant tapenade, followed by choice of typical tortellini in broth or cannelloni (long tubes of pasta filled with bechamel and meat) as first course. The main dish includes two types of meat, mixed green salad, and a variety of preserved vegetables. The dessert is a chocolate cake and small pastries. The wine is local unlabeled Lambrusco.
In the afternoon I go with my friend Roberto and daughter Giulia to visit our friends Lucio and Paola, who live in the Bolognese hills. Every time I visit with them, which is about every other year, it is like re-visiting a part of my past. Their one-story house, perched on the top of the hill and surrounded by a hazelnut grove, has a lot of memories. In fact, I remember their daughter, Susy, who is now a beautiful 19 years old, playing in the yard when she was just a preschool tomboy.
After an afternoon of catching up and memories, we drive back to Castelfranco Emilia and have dinner at Roberto's house. His wife, Antonietta, has prepared zampone (a type of salami which must be cooked) with beans, followed by an excellent local semi-aged cheese. We wash down everything with Cabernet from Friuli.