I decided to title this blog note with a phrase from tour guest, Sharon.
After our Perugia/Deruta tour with Sharon, her husband Jerry and friends (Linda and Glenn), she wrote me this note about our rural banquet lunch with endearing farm friend, Giuseppa:
“We were very blessed to have lunch prepared by this amazing woman (made possible by our guide and friend, Anne Robichaud – and Anne is another story: tune in to her website, www.annesitaly.com).
The opportunity to meet and visit Giuseppe on her farm was a fortunate and rare treat.
She is absolutely the warmest and loveliest lady you would ever want to meet.
The love in her eyes just shines and the welcome to her home: such beautiful hospitality.
Thank you to Anne for making this possible and to Giuseppa for welcoming us with open arms.”
That Giuseppa embracing warmth welcomed us right from the start – as did her family’s vino rosso…
…..which accompanied our feast, starting with prosciutto, capocollo and salami: all part of our antipasto.
The sliced meats were served with the cheese bread:
That Umbrian torta al formaggio is part of the Easter Sunday breakfast – and Giuseppa bakes about 15 cheese breads before Easter every year in her outdoor bread oven.
After our lunch, Giuseppa proudly showed us that oven:
Following our antipasto, Giuseppa served up her homemade tagliatelle with her meat sauce, starring veal and pork (meats raised on their land) and the tomatoes Giuseppa puts up every summer:
Giuseppa joined us for our pasta….
….and then served up our second course: roasted chicken with roasted potatoes (a duo of goodness from their land):
That Giuseppa goodness inspired many a photo:
We were all satiated after our rural banquet – and then, Giuseppa headed to the kitchen to tempt with us two cakes she had made:
We succombed to the temptation..
The family’s prized vin santo (made in 2015!) enhanced the goodness:
And before we left, Giuseppa showed us the family’s prized prosciutti
They’ll be there, Jerry and Sharon (and Linda and Glenn) when we head back again to visit Giuseppa, for yet another “fortunate and rare treat.”
Read more here about warm and welcoming Giuseppa.
Read here about the Easter Umbria cheese bread.
(For many other notes, SEARCH “Giuseppa” and “Deruta” here.)