It's sad, really, the lengths that some of us will go to for a taste of Italy. My friends Michael and Jason are huge fans of Letizia's lasagna recipe and have asked me many times to share it. Naturally, I've refused -- if I gave them the recipe, what would they need me for? They could run off and make their own lasagna.
But last weekend, my resolve cracked. They came to me with such a sad little tale. Earlier this month in Rome, they ordered lasagna for dinner, and it was so delicious that when the waiter asked what they would like for dessert, they ordered another piece of lasagna.
North Americans, I think, are really starved for good lasagna. So, I took pity and we spent Saturday making lasagna alla Letizia. They were suitable respectful of the process, although one of them was heard to mutter ("this is so easy!") Yeah, sure, it's all fun and games until you burn your hands trying to separate the boiling hot strips of lasagna pasta. I was the only one of us clever enough to wear rubber gloves for this step.
Anyway, they were very excited to finally get their paws on Letizia's recipe -- Jason thinks the secret is the bechemel sauce. I think it's the long-simmered ragu. And NO SWIMMING, in sauce, that is. Keep it light.
We also cooked panna cotta and our friend Leslie joined us for the eating (she does not need any cooking lessons from me!)
And in less than two weeks, I'll be back in Umbria, I'll be returning to Letizia's to learn some new dishes, and I can't wait!!! (But I think it'll be a while before I feel like eating lasagna again.)