Sandy & Joe’s wedding – Ravello, Italy September 23, 2007

About ten years ago, we went to an incredible wedding in Tuscany, between Florence and Sienna. We had such a great time that we promised ourselves we would jump at the opportunity to go to another wedding in Italy. Well, we did. This time it was in Ravello, the hill-top village along the Amalfi Coast, just above the town of Minori, where are our friends Sandy and Joe were married. After the ceremony inside the beautiful Ravello Duomo, constructed about 1200 in white marble, the party moved outside to the square for a sparkling toast, prosecco of course! We then walked up the hill to Villa Eva for the reception. The villa provides a spectacular view of the water. We started with champagne punch and bellinis (sparkling wine and peach puree) outdoors. Then we moved indoors for the six course dinner. We were treated to “Curled octopus in green sauce”; “Risotto with seafood”; “Fusilli pasta with mozzarella cheese, aubergines, cherry tomatoes and basil”; “Homemade crepes stuffed with cheese and ham”, “Sea bass in a pastry crust”served with grilled vegetables from
Villa Maria (nearby hotel) vegetable garden and finally seasonal fruit. Cake and more proesecco were served downstairs. Needless to say it was quite an evening! AUGURI, Sandy and Joe, Grazie mille!

Ristorante Caruso, Sorrento, Italy September 25, 2007

We had dinner tonight at Ristorante Caruso, named for the great tenor Erinco Caruso. The restaurant is filled with records and documents about Caruso.

We were greeted with a complimentary glass of prosecco. We ordered a bottle of Biancolella, Casa D’Ambra 2006, a white wine from the island of Ischia. We started with a warm seafood salad and octopus with cherry tomatoes and lentils. For our second course, we had black tagliatelle with octopus and cannelloni stuffed with smoked mozzarella and shrimp on a bed of white beans and cherry tomatoes.