I had planned another big dinner (our finale) for the folks at the villa. I had 5 pounds of tortellini (ready for a brown butter sage sauce from the sage all over the garden), sauted rampini with pancetta and raisins, a caesar salad and tons of grilled lamb we had ordered at the butchers. Dessert would be ricotta parfaits with strawberries in Amaretto. Everyone was most appreciative of all of our cooking efforts, and there were lots of leftovers from the party. Gail suggested we take the night off, and let the crowd eat leftovers. Since there was enough sausage, and polenta to feed an army (most of the appetizers had been consumed), we agreed to take the night off!
We had been either prepping or cooking all that party food for a while. Brad will eat leftovers at home, but NEVER the day after! He needs at least a day before he will do a "repeat". We decided to go out for a nice dinner on our own.
We chose the close-by Apollonia restaurant in it's lovely setting.
We began with cacio e pepe for me, and carpaccio for Brad.
Brad tasted a wine he was ecstatic about. REALLY! It was his favorite taste of the trip!
Bead's entree was tagliata with rosemary and grilled zucchini.
Since we had to cancel that order for grilled lamb, I had been craving all week, I had it anyway, with some wonderful fresh beans, AND a side of cippolini in balsamico.
It was our last night in Montisi, and a memorable meal.