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Dinner at the Rovai's

We had quite a treat on Saturday night, and were invited to dinner at friends, Nancy and Rudy's home. Rudy is Italian, and cooks like a true Italian who enjoys food, loves to cook, and is the master of his kitchen. We enjoyed some crisp white wine before dinner, while chatting about visits to different parts of Italy. Rudy's family, on both sides, are from Lucca. He has never been there, and would like to see if he can find relatives, and also enjoy a week in this charming city. We are big Lucca fans, so we told him about our visits to this area of Tuscany.

Dinner began with a huge, delicious salad with pears, gorgonzola and pecans. One of my favorites!

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Our main course was a delicious Pacific cod in a tomato based sauce with Swiss chard over potatoes. As you can see, the portions were generous, but we did our best!
We managed to sip great wine with each course.

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While, Nancy was happy to turn over the kitchen to Rudy, she has her own culinary talents, and baking is one of them. She made the scrumptious dessert: apple dumplings with ice cream in a warm cinnamon sauce. A perfect ending to a fabulous dinner! We also introduced Rudy and Nancy to Slow Travel for their trip planning.

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It was a delightful evening with friends, wine, travel talk, and amazing food!

Comments (2)

Wendy (Rovai) Scott:

I have to say that my Dad, Rudy, is a wonderful cook indeed! He has taught me and my sisters so many wonderful recipes that have been passed down from our family. It's so nice to experience "true" Italian food and of course, good wine to go with it! Glad you enjoyed your visit - next, you'll have to ask Rudy to make you his famous antipasto, Caesar salad, lamb shanks or pigs feet...yes, I said Pigs Feet!! They are delicious!
Congrats Dad and Nancy - your dishes look beautiful!!!
Love,
Wendy

Palma:

Wendy, thanks for visiting my blog! It was a great dinner. I bet you learned a few things in Dad's kitchen!

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