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