It’s hard to decide which is the highlight of a rural banquet with Giuseppa in the family farmhouse near Deruta: her rural goodness, cooked up with such passione – or the warmth of her welcome..?
Not long ago, a Connecticut “extended family” feasted on homemade pasta with meat sauce of veal, pork raised right there, vegetables from Giuseppa’s garden, chickens she’d raised and roasted in her wood bread oven.
And for antipasto? Pizzas and cheese breads baked in her outdoor oven and their prosciutto to top off the cheese bread.
Vegetarians in this group relished her eggplant Parmesan (with her eggplants, tomatoes, olive oil, basil) – as we all did.
And dessert? Fruit tart highlighted with her jam – made with the flour of the wheat they’d raised! And not butter in her pastry but their olive oil.
Imagine this: if you eat in the home of Giuseppa and Paolo, the only foods you’ll taste NOT raised by them will be the sugar and the coffee! Usually. An exception this time: Giuseppa did not make the mozzarella in the eggplant Parmesan.
Sometimes, Giuseppa cooks up the wild boar hunted by husband Paolo. Not this time. But we did head out back after lunch to see the wild boar dogs – and a litter of pups.
Nick, Gabrielle, Julia and Nathalie each picked out a favorite.
Next time you’re back for lunch at Giuseppa’s, they might be out hunting…
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