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Scaloppine alla Sorentina, made by yours truly, at Mamma Camilla's

Scaloppine alla Sorentina, made by yours truly, at Mamma Camilla’s

Lately I’ve been dreaming about food–Italian food to be exact.  But not just any Italian food, the kind you can only enjoy when visiting the country itself.  There is just no substitute for the simple, fresh ingredients used in each dish.  The vibrant colors spoil your eyes and tantalize your taste buds–shades of green, reds, and yellows.  Every single bite was savory and delicious!

Breakfast at Mimmi's B&B, Freshly baked bread delivered every morning, homemade butter and jelly

Freshly baked bread, flavored with homemade butter, and topped with homemade jam

Each morning a different jam was served

Each morning a different jam was served

Breakfast at Mimmi's

Breakfast at Mimmi’s B & B

A typical breakfast, or colazione, in Italy is a pastry of some kind, or bread and butter with jam, served with your choice of coffee. Many Italians enjoy their cappuccino at this hour.   Drinking one after 11am, however, is simply not done, as it is seen as too heavy of a drink.  Nonetheless, coffee, mainly expresso, is enjoyed at any hour, and is often taken quickly and while standing up at a local bar.

Cappuccino and Pastry

Cappuccino and Pastry

Lunch, or pranzo, is enjoyed around one o’clock in the afternoon.  There are a variety of options, but I always enjoyed tasting regional specialities of the area.

A typical Ligurian dish in Camogli

A typical Ligurian dish in Camogli

Anchovies are a local specialty in  Cinque Terre

Anchovies are a local specialty in Cinque Terre

Mussels at ZaZa's in Firenze

Mussels at ZaZa’s in Firenze

Dinner, or cena, is the main meal for Italians and is typically served around 7:30.  Most restaurants don’t get their dinner crowd until 9:30.  Dinner is a time for socializing and enjoying each other’s company.  The meals are never rushed and wine is plentiful.  The meal begins with an antipasti, followed by primisecondi, and finally finished with dolce.  Expresso is common to have at the end of dinner, or a digestivo, such as Grappa, Sanbuca, or my favorite, Sciacchetra.  

House wine at Mimmi's

House wine at Mimmi’s

Primo piatti - the first dish during dinner

Antipasti – a typical first dish during dinner

Primi Piatti - usually a small serving of some kind of pasta

Primi – usually a small serving of some kind of pasta

Secondi piatti - Fish or meat is typically eaten at this time

Secondi – Fish or meat is typically eaten at this time

Gelato can be found everywhere, but you must ask a local to find the very best of the best

Dolce – Gelato can be found everywhere, but you must ask a local to find the very best of the best

BUON APPETITO e SALUTE!

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2 comments on “Food for Thought

  1. margieinitaly
    January 3, 2014

    OMG – Your photos of the food are amazing. Now I am starving!!

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