I toured many Umbria hill town gems with Joanne and Stuart, each toured highlighted by a memorable experience.
Certainly a rural lunch in the Deruta countyrside with Giuseppa was an unforgettable moment of our Perugia/Deruta tour.
Here are Joanne and Stuart with Giuseppa and two of the family’s capocolli (which had been part of our antipasto) just before we left:
What buonissime tagliatelle Giuseppa had made us for our first course:
Those tagliatelle – handmade by Giuseppa using their eggs and flour – were seasoned with a tasty meat sauce of the veal from their calf and tomatoes, celery, onion and garlic from their garden. The olive oil was their own, too, logicamente:
A roasted stuffed veal (theirs) with Swiss chard from their garden followed:
You might imagine, “who would have room for more?”
But Giuseppa’s cake ended our feast:
..and when even I thought there could not be more, Giuseppa offered us their family’s dearly-prized 2015 vin santo.
That “holy wine” had been made by dear Paolo, recently deceased and beloved husband of Giuseppa.
To be served his wine made us feel so very linked to Giuseppa – and her family.
Mille grazie, Giuseppa – and Paolo.
Before we left, another tribute to Paolo: we stopped in to admire the prosciutti Paolo had made –
…and the capocolli of their son, Loris – who had learned from his papa’ all the secrets of successful butchering and preservation of the pig’s meat:
Giuseppa, I hope to return soon and I know Joanna and Stuart would send you warmest saluti.