While enjoying our last dinner together this past Sunday–at the Rovero Winery–Mike paid me a high compliment: “This is probably the best weekend excursion I’ve ever had!” That pretty much sums up the great time we all had when Mike, his wife Gabrielle, and his mother-in-law Lynn, joined me for A Taste of Italy weekend.

Our hands-on cooking classes took place around my kitchen counter…

…where we made potato gnocchi…

…as well as some delicious No Knead Bread for Friday night supper…

Here was our menu: Gnocchi with Cacciatore Sauce, Herbed Chicken wrapped in Prosciutto, Brussel Sprouts sauteed in butter and garnished with a Balsamic vinegar reduction, Fresh Spinach sauteed with Pine Nuts and Mascarpone Tart. (Are you getting hungry?)

Most of Saturday was spent in Torino…getting some hot chocolate and coffee…

…fresh pasta at Pastifficio DiFilippis…

…picked up some ingredients at the outdoor market for our supper, visited a couple of churches and other tourist sites, and got a gelato from Grom…

…and then we headed home to make grilled pizzas. Mike tried his hand at throwing them…

…while Gabrielle and I prepared some of the toppings…

The end result was delicious…even if one of the pizzas looks a lot like Yoda…

Arugula and Parmesan…Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions…

…and the traditional Margarita with enough mozzarella to raise my cholesterol…yum!

The next day we drove down to to Rovero, touring their wine-making facility with Enrico…

…Then we sat down to a fabulous six-course meal prepared by Enrico’s mother and his aunts. Before you knew it, it was time to head home.  In three short days My Good Husband and I felt like we’d known these new friends for years! Yes, Mike, I would agree. A Taste of Italy is a great weekend excursion, even for the hostess! Hope you can come again sometime!

While the overall schedule for A Taste of Italy weekend is pretty much the same each time (and you can read about another group’s experience here), the personalities of the participants and the menus we make, as well as the sights we visit in Torino make each weekend a unique experience. If you live in Europe and would like to join me for a great weekend excursion in Italy, you can find all the information and the available dates for next spring on my Taste of Italy page.

Can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week, can you? We have 12 guests coming over so I’ve already started getting things ready. On my next post I’ll share photos of my dishes with you, like I did last year. Have you had a chance to read my newest section on Celebrating Thanksgiving? All sorts of practical resources to make Thanksgiving special and meaningful!

Ciao for now!

Debbie

One Comment

  1. 11-25-2012

    It sounds like it was truly a fabulous weekend. I am so grateful that I was able to experience most of the places during my visit a few years ago, fun to picture it again and wish I could retrace those steps (:

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