Tuesday, May 29, 2007
We arrived after lunch -- hungry -- so you know what that means when you're shopping! The store was 3 small rooms -- but filled with all those imported Italian specialties -- ceramics, dolci, canned goods, olive oil, meats, cheeses, wines. The 4th room held her gorgeous kitchen, where she offers cooking classes each month (we're thinking of taking one just for fun)!
We filled our basket, and Charles was saying to me that we'd better head home since we neglected to bring a cooler and we had a ton of fresh and frozen foods -- the shop was over an hour's drive. The owner overhead us, and offered to cook one of the frozen pizzas we were purchasing ... so we agreed, and we ate it on her fabulous terrace! (A portion shown here -- sketched and painted at home.)
She hails from Capri and spoke with a strong Italian accent. Opera was playing in the background, and as we ate, the scent of gardenias surrounded us. We tasted her fabulous vegetable salad and her mozzarella salad on tremendously crusty bread ... and left there sated and excited.
We came home and fixed some of our own smoky mozarella, dried tomatoes, olive oil brushetta, cheese plates ... and when the grands came this weekend, I filled cannoli, lady fingers, and more for dolci. Did they love it as much as we did? YOU BET! (We start them early, don't we? LOL)
It was great fun ... and truly felt like a mini-vacation. We'll be back!