In the quiet countryside near Rome there is my house, surrounded by an olive grove and a small vineyard. Here you will immediately find the perfect space to relax and enjoy a welcome snack, tea or coffee, some biscuits or a drink, and then we will prepare a whole vegetarian meal together using possibly the vegetables harvested on our field but also the aromatic herbs of which I have a vast collection!
The tradition of Italian cuisine is based on dishes cooked with seasonal products and many, given the shape of our peninsula, are different from north to south. I will not always offer the same menu to my guests, but we will choose together the dishes to be made using the products available to us, but there will always be two types of pasta that we will prepare without using machines by rolling out the dough only with our hands.
As my grandmother used to say: "those who begin well are in the middle of the work", so we'll immediately start well preparing a classic pasta, ravioli, with flour and fresh eggs (from a nearby farm) with a filling of vegetables and soft local cheese (the ricotta), and then one of Roman custom made only with water and flour (the strozzapreti) and seasoned with fresh tomato and herbs, or with rocket or basil pesto.
To enhance the flavor of my oil you will taste it on an authentic bruschetta, and our wine will be paired with a vegetable fry with flowers and leaves stuffed with mozzarella. In the Roman countryside there are many vegetables that are used to make flans and that are usually baked together with cheeses or the famous bechamel sauce, or even crispy breading. You will not miss a dessert that we could prepare together with custard or fruit or ricotta and chocolate.
We will taste together everything we have prepared with a good glass of wine in hand under the grape pergola or at the long table in the living room and it will be our magic moment!
I assure you it will not be difficult for you to try to redo all these dishes in your home as I will be glad to let you have the written recipes!
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