Our friend, Judith, has been wonderful about visiting us when we are in Italy. She has traveled to Bologna for a visit, Bevagna to cook for our Palmabella's Italy group, has taken a train to see me in Rome, and once, we visited her in her town of Citta di Castello.
I hadn't seen her in over a year, so Judith was up for a drive "over the hill" to visit us and Giulia at the locanda. She arrived about 10:30, while Giulia was busy canning peppers, and Brad was picking up laundry in town. We visited on the terrace the rest of the morning, and then wanted to "take the girls to lunch". We returned to Osteria del Cucco in Urbania, well-known by Giulia, and we thought Judith would enjoy the creative and attractive food. Giorgio was delighted to find we knew Giulia, and that we returned the next day. He knew what we had eaten, so he prepared a couple dishes that weren't on the menu so we could have new tastes and flavors.
We enjoyed our leisurely lunch, drank wine, and laughed a lot!
We had coffee in the piazza, then returned to the locanda, and Judith stayed and chatted until about 5:00. Brad and I relaxed, drank some wine, and talked to other guests.
We decided we didn't want a big dinner, so Giulia suggested we go to a nearby place for pizza, that was only 3km away over the white road we had taken a shortcut through this morning on our way to Urbania (we followed Giulia). This place is really in the middle of nowhere, at the intersction of a white road, and a small country road in the hills near the locanda. It didn't occur to us that we would need a reservation, so we left a little before 8 to get there, picturing a tiny hole-in-the-wall pizzaria.
We arrived, found LOTS of cars in a parking lot, cars lined up down the road, ANOTHER closer parking area, and quite a pretty restaurant. There was no room in the large dining room, or the back room, and all tables that didn't already have people eating, were reserved for 8:30! I noticed quite a large, and pretty terrace, and the evening was not too chilly to sit outside, so the host agreed to let us sit there. We started a trend, as within the next 30 minutes, the outside tables were all filled on the terrace! The place was hopping! Who knew?
The garden was filled with lights and very clever lanterns made from upside-down green glass wine demijohns in wrought iron stands.
The pizzas were huge, very light and thin, and delicious!
Interestingly, other guests at the locanda went to the same restaurant the following night. On their way down the white road, a cinghiale ran across the road in front of them! Given the speeds Brad drives, THAT could have been a less than fun encounter if it had been there at the same time a night sooner! Got a visual of a wild boar, a rental car, Brad slamming on brakes, and Palma screaming? LOL