Greetings from Bella Italia!
Obviously while I’m on my grand adventure I’m not trying new recipes and cooking up a storm. But I am in one of the best food places on earth, so wanted to say “ciao” and share a little of what I’ve ciao-ed down on.
I met up with Jen (who’s living in Paris right now) in Milan and we began our trip in Cinque Terre, five little fishing villages on the northwestern coast of Italy, just south of Genoa. As I always do in this area, we stayed in Riomaggiore, the smallest and southernmost of the towns.
This region, Liguria, is known as the birthplace of pesto, one of my favorite foods of all time. So of course we had to have pesto for our first dinner there. It’s served with this special pasta made specially for the pesto, called trofe. It was super delicious!
We also had fried ravioli and creamy tiramisu, washed down by local Cinque Terre wine. It was a lovely welcome back to Italy! We made sure we were extra hungry by climbing out on these huge rocks into the sea.
From here we headed to Grosseto and have spent the last week here, touring Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Florence. Tomorrow we head to Venice for the next leg of our gastro-tour!
Til next time…