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Report 834: There's No Such Thing as Too Much...Pasta and Ceramics

By Palma from California, Fall 2005

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Page 3 of 23: Tuesday, September 6: Lucca

photo by Les Wolf

Dinner

We met for breakfast at eight, and after lots of coffee and a walk around the garden, we drove to Lucca. We parked easily and walked inside the wall to begin shopping. We started at the TIM store on Piazza Napoleone, where each couple purchased an Italian cell phone and extra minutes. I found some charms, and Brad got his forgotten deodorant at a pharmacy before we hit the Furla store and their new fall merchandise. Jan and I each bought two purses (mine are a beautiful mallard teal croc and a luscious pumpkin suede) and I also got a coordinating shawl and necklace. Now armed with shopping bags, we decided to separate from our husbands and meet up at 12:30 for lunch. Jan and I proceeded up Via Furlungo and side streets. Jan bought a beautiful multi-colored stone necklace and a shawl. We stopped at the bakery, Forno Amedeo Giusti, for a piece of hot fresh-baked foccacia with salt. At Arte Orafa, I bought a signed Orlando Orlandini necklace that is a gold wired puffed heart with a diamond on a black satin cord. It was a splurge (the first of many…), but my heart is in Italy.

We met the boys for lunch at Piazza Napoleone and had white pizza with proscuitto crudo. I stocked up on Toscana calendars for my scrapbooking and Brad and I continued to shop while Jan and Les returned to the hotel in a taxi. We went to Ceramiche di Sugaro and bought the first “shipment” of ceramics: a pedestal fruit bowl, a large serving tray, and a pretty shaped wine pitcher for 387 E plus 40E shipping. We returned to the hotel for a nap and got ready for dinner.

Les and I had a glass of wine in the garden while waiting for our spouses, and we returned to Lucca for dinner at Buca di San Antonio, a charming restaurant with hundreds of copper pots hanging from the rafters. We began with a glass of Prosecco and the complimentary antipasti. I ordered a fabulous tortolli with zucchini in a butter and pecorino sauce, and breaded lamb cutlets for my entrée. Brad had proscuitto Toscana, a grilled veal chop, and torrone gelato with chocolate sauce for dessert. I enjoyed my coffee outside at the smoking tables and met a lovely couple from Germany and a New York couple who were also going to Chianti tomorrow. Tonight was our favorite of three great dinners in Lucca.

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