The invitation read: “You’re Invited to an Evening in Tuscany.” No, I did not go to Italy for dinner but enjoyed a glorious evening in the U.S.A. celebrating food from that country. I believe it was the best Italian food this side of the Mediterranean.
Tuscany is one of twenty regions in Italy. It is located north of Rome and south of Genoa. It has mountains to the north and east and is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west. Florence and Pisa are two of its major cities.
What kind of food comes to mind when you think of Italian dishes? Yes, we had pasta and more.
I want to give you just a small sampling of our menu:
Tray of assorted antipasti
Shrimp a la aglio
Sonoma Salad with Coriander
Tuscan cod and mussels in light vegetable broth
Mediterranean stuffed chicken
Zucchini with sweet peppers and Feta
Roasted asparagus parmesan
Puttanesca sauce with fresh pasta and cheese
Frozen fruit sorbet with biscotti
Enjoying wonderful food with good friends is a special treat to be cherished.
Perhaps the chefs will give me one of their recipes and then I will be happy to share this with you. In the meantime, think of coming into a house filled with the smells of bread baking and sauces simmering on the stove. Then sitting down to a meal that has been cooked a long time. You are not hurrying through your meal but leisurely enjoying the food and the people around you. To me, that is really a happy meal.