Our friends, Linda and Ed have a lovely young cousin, Rossella, visiting from Italy. She is from a little town, Grottolella, near Avellino, in southern Italy. I have had the chance to visit with Rossella twice at our Book Club lunches, but we wanted to have them over for dinner before she returns to Italy. Rossella is just delightful, and very interesting. She lived in Egypt for three years, and told us of her experiences being there during the revolution last January!
We began with prosecco and antipasti (cheeses, salami, olives) and hot fennel dip with endive (not pictured).
Our first course was Pumpkin Lasagna. (Layers of pasta with pumpkin sauce, pumpkin-ricotta mixture, and bechamel).
Our second course was veal cutlets Bolognese and grilled asparagus, but I was too busy serving, talking and eating to remember to take a photo.
Dessert was panna cotta with strawberries and balsamic-strawberry sauce.
We SO enjoyed our visit, and talking about Italy with Rossella! She paid me the highest compliment, saying the tastes and scents of the food reminded her of being at home in Italy! ME TOO!