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Sunday, June 6

We were up early for shifts in the shower, and out the door by 8 to pick up our rental car at the airport. Jerry is our driver, and I am navigating with the GPS in Italian. Sandi falls asleep every time we get in the car, so Jerry and I mock her and wake her up at toll booths to pay a fine. From the airport we drove to the outlet stores at Fidenza Village.

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I had a LOVELY time!

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We stopped briefly in the tiny town of Zibello.

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At 12:30, we met Marcia and David at the wonderful La Buca in Zibello.

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The lovely Signora of the trattoria remembered me and greeted me warmly. She thought Sandi and I were sisters. She asked about Alabama, and then mimed playing a banjo. She is as adorable as ever, and she never ages. She was very pleased to have all the photos of our past visits.

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We had our pranzo outside on the terrace:

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First we shared a platter of culatello:

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The 5 of us each ordered a different pasta dish, so we could sample more than one:

Sandi had tortelli di zucca, Jerry had anolini pasticciati "La Buca", Marcia had tagliatelle con funghi, David had tagliatelle con culatello, and I had Bucanove (pasta stuffed with ricotta and parsley topped with bechamel).

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We did not order any second courses, but ALL had dessert. Here is my almond torta.

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After a lovely leisurely meal, wine and coffee, we went up to San Luca.

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We got home, relaxed at the neighborhood bar, then decided to cancel tonight's dinner reservation, and have an easy evening at home. Jerry fixed us a picnic from the food in the fridge.

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Comments (6)

chiaro di luna:

Palma,
I've never been to the outlets. Did you find this one to be worth it vs shopping in Rome or Florence during the sales ie: July/Aug?

Looks like a great time. I'm writing down all the restaurants to try out when we are there this summer.

Brad'll Do It:

SOOOOO jealous. Pranza at La Buca with Marcia and Dave and Sandi and Jerry and Palma. Yummmmm.

Looks like another wonderful day! I am curious about the outlets as well. One January in Bologna, I scored some major deals at Furla because of the January sales. I wonder how the two compare?

I hope David's knee is doing okay.

Jill:

Beautiful photos, as always! So fun to follow along with you, I am so happy to read you are having an amazing time!

Barb Cabot:

Love catching up with all your fun times. Great to see all of you together. And the food...oh my goodness.

I have so enjoyed reading all of your blog posts from Bologna. Sounds like you had a fabulous time!

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