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Palmabella's Italy Day 8: Part 3: Giusti and DaNello

After our two "religious experiences" at San Luca and the Ferrari Museum, we had worked up an appetite! We had a very special treat for lunch at Hosteria Giusti in Modena.

We entered the tiny private dining room, (seating from 16-24) and the table was beautifully set with white tablecloths and lovely fresh flowers. There is a tiny patio, and the restaurant itself can be entered through a tiny street, or through the salumeria on the main street of Modena.

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Our group began with plates of "bocconcini di gnocco fritto con salumi", amazing little fried pieces of dough topped with thin slices of prosciutto, lardo or salumi.

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Others tried the "Millefoglie di melanzane fritte" (stacked eggplant with liver and lardo).

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Pasta selections included tagliatelle con guanciale, duck ragu, or Belgian butter and parmigiano! Entrees were vitello with vino bianco and caponatina di melanzane or fried cotechino with zabaione.

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Six of our group found room for some gelato for the bus ride home!

That evening, after drinks at the "corner bar", we went to Ristorante Da Nello Al Montegrappa. I was very excited, because I had invited my Italian teacher, Andrea, and his wife, Daniela to join us for dinner. I last saw them when we were in bologna for only one night in September.

We had a GREAT evening. After I helped our group with the menu, and ordering, I spent the next three hours speaking Italian. It was a "brain workout"! I told them stories from our week of travels, and caught up on their family and life. I was very excited that my friend, Susan, will be studying with Andrea in June.

Here are a few food photos:

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Our group took off after dinner to walk home, and we stayed a while longer for a little more wine and coffee. Then we walked with Andrea and Daniele to their car, and they drove us back to the hotel. Who knew when I studied Italian last year in Bologna, that I would also make such wonderful friends?

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