The way to man’s heart & soul is through his stomach
Very likely my eternal love affair with Italy deepened through the food. Although, food is too shallow a term. It is treat, indulgence, pleasure, passion, enjoyment. Italian restaurants are all over the world, also in my neck of the woods. I like them and have lunch or dinner with friends on a regular base. Pizza and pasta. Or so.
But…. It was not before my regular travels through Italy since 2008 that I became addicted to what I now call “real” Italian dishes. During these travels, I learned that it is more than pizza and pasta, and how much of a variety the whole country has to offer. Discovering new dishes, new ingredients, new restaurants or snack bars – discovering anything around food and produces became my passion since then. In Bevagna restaurant Redibis’s chief maitre Paolo Gentile even taught me a new word: commovente. It means moving, touching and one would wonder why such a term is being used in context to food. But … that is exactly what I mean with indulging the dishes – finding the ones is moving. I learned it in exactly this restaurant, Redibis, when I ordered their coffee cream: the moment I tasted it my taste buds experienced a culinary explosion – and I had tears in my eyes. It was so good!
So this will be a blog about the magic results Italian cooks perform, be it restaurant chefs or family cooks and their delicious creations, the ones who dedicate their life to the passion for food and produces and about the grandeur of enjoying any Italian meal. It will be about caffè, drinks, local specialities and in between about restaurants I had the privilege and pleasure to have had my meal there.
(And to tell you a secret: it is also for me, to survive the time until I am back, for the next time or forever)