It is Friday!!! I'm sure that back when I worked full time there were weeks when I needed a weekend, but none that I can remember in the past 10 years. I am looking forward to two free days. I am really enjoying my lessons, but they are draining. This morning, I had coffee at the bar, and met with Andrea until 1:15. When he left, I could hardly find the energy to fix myself a small lunch! At three, I was set to walk around the city, but instead, I took an hour nap. It was a GOOD idea.
It was a lovely treat to meet Judy, of Divina Cucina and her husband Andrea for "happy hour". We met at Gamberini, a cafe/pasticceria. They have an amazing selection of free antipasti. It was wonderful to sit and chat with friends, prosecco, and tasty bites. Judy's friend, Carmelita joined us, and was very helpful is suggesting and recommending local restaurants.
Check out SOME of the antipasti:
Ok, you get the idea. Someone could definitely make a full meal of this for the price of just a drink or two. You can eat as much as you like, and stay as long as you like.
HOWEVER, I was in Bologna with one of my favorite chefs! I wasn't going to pass up another meal and company during dinner! I ate 5 or 6 over a couple of hours, so I was still ready to eat.
We went to Merlo' for dinner, just a couple of blocks away.
When the waiter took out order, I ordered just a plate of pasta: "mezzamanica con guanciale e formaggio". Then Judy asked about the cotoletto Bolognese. The waiter said they had "half orders" of this dish that I have been wanting to try. Oh boy!
Yes, that was the HALF order!. I ate half of it! It is a fried veal cutlet, topped with prosciutto and a sauce of granna and cream. OMG!
They brought us dolci to taste.
A short taxi ride later, I was home. I enjoyed the evening and am so looking forward to a day off tomorrow!