- Sautéed Chicken Scallopini with sage and prosciutto served with Marsala Sauce over Mushroom Risotto
- Angel Hair Pasta with an Umbrian basil, spinach, arugula and mixed nut Pesto
- Sautéed Monk Fish with White Wine and Buttered Polenta
- Gnocchi with a savory Tomato & Eggplant Ragu Sauce
- House-made Ricotta filled Ravioli sautéed with Rosemary Browned Butter
- Braised Wild Boar Ragu with Fresh hand-cut Papparadelle Pasta
- Crespelle Alla Fiorentina, a crepe with Crimini Mushrooms, smoked Chicken and sundried Tomatoes in a cream laced pan sauce
I always wanted to ride one of Italy’s high speed trains. After only a short wait in Padova, we hopped aboard an Italo bullet train. We’ve messed up in the past, so this time we made sure we boarded the correct car and found our assigned seats, thus avoiding the need for a bag-drag through crowded aisles. The Italo whisked us first through Bologna, on to Florence then to Rome and our final destination, Naples, in a little over four hours. A mesmerizing speed of 250 km/hr made it possible. A bus ride from Naples and finally a jaunt by car through the countryside, thanks to friends, brought us to Calitri. Planes, trains, buses and car rides now behind us, we were finally home. Our long journey concluded, we turned in early that night gladly relinquishing the floor by flopping into a familiar bed. We needed a good night's sleep with rem cycles, some degree of rapid eye movement and a flock of sheep thrown in for good measure if we hoped to recover.
Calitri occupies a high plateau. Dimmed by distance, the dull-edged mountain ridges of the Apian Way, once ancient Rome’s superstrada, circle around us. On their slopes are still higher towns. One of these is Pescopagano. It is in Pesco where some friends of ours live. Joe, better known as “American Joe” to everybody in Pesco, is a retired ex-U.S. Navy Master Chief. His lovely wife, Anna Maria, is a native born daughter of Pescopagano and accounts for why Joe has retired there. Not long after our arrival, Joe called and asked us “up” for lunch. They have a beautiful multistory home, which they’ve worked hard to create, partially built into the stony side of an ancient castle mount. Along with our visiting friends, Jack and Dotty, we looked forward to our pranzo (lunch) together but had not expected the meal that awaited our arrival.