About this blog

My mother was a great cook. My father loved to eat.
I am the Man from Pawtucket and this is my story. Here you will find a collection of observations, from Central Falls to Central Park, from Pawtucket to Paris, about Eating Well. Bon Appetit.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

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!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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.

Lo Guarracino, Positano, Italy September 22, 2007

We had a wonderful lunch at this small trattoria along a cliff path leading to the Fornillo beach in Positano, along the Amalfi Coast. We had mixed seafood antipasti and spaghetti with tomatoes and mozzarella.

Lunch at O'Parrucchiano, Sorrento, Italy Sept. 25, 2007

We had lunch in this beautiful garden restaurant along Corso Italia, the main street in Sorrento. We had antipasta rustica with meat and local cheeses and spaghetti with mixed seafood.

Trattoria da Emilia, Sorrento, Italy September 25, 2007

This is a family run trattoria along the port, over looking the sea.

We had spaghetti with mussels, spaghetti with clams, tomato salad and grilled calamari.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Le Fontaine de Mars, Paris September 9, 2007

Oeuf mollet et fricassee de champions ( cepes, chanterelles et girolles); confit canard, andouillette et Creme Brulee.