|Maria(Nonna) and I|
|Artichoke drizzled with Balsamic Vinaigrette|
|Italian Wedding Soup|
There would be a total of 8 of us, all good friends who enjoy eating as much as we do, fine food to be sure. Maria (Nonna) does this with ease and perfection, homemade wedding soup, with tiny meatballs,greens, small tortellini swimming in a savory chicken broth(some chicken pieces too)and piping hot!! They way I like it..Oh I must mention we sat at a large dining room table that seated 8 comfortably..Maria was right before us cooking and we were able to see everything she did.. Clean, cozy kitchen with all the normalizes of your own home kitchen and we all felt extremely comfortable...
|Gnocchi with Bolognaise|
|Pollo Nastro Azzurro|
|Zucchini al Forno with Pancetta|
After our soup came Ricotta gnocchi in a delicate Bolognaise sauce..Seasoned perfectly, soft and tender little pillows served hot and right off the stove..Maria moved easily and effortlessly..not a bit of stress, as though she were cooking for her own family...We felt at home!
On to the main course which was Pollo Nastro Azzurro...Thinly sliced chicken rolled with prosciutto, asiago cheese and delicately cooked. Absolutely wonderful! Our side was Zucchini Al Forno with Pancetta (Zucchini baked with onions and pancetta with light soft bread crumbs as a topping.. Something new for my tastebuds and I loved it and so did our friends...
|Layered with prosciutto and asiago cheese|
|Made from scratch Italian Rum cake|
A classic Italian salad and served after dinner with a lemon and olive oil dressing with a hint of mint. Refreshing and delicious to say the least..
A small taste of Lemoncello for a after dinner drink and yes Rum cake and Expresso! Both being perfect! Nothing more can I say but Maria is one heck of a cook! Word of mouth says Lidia paid her a visit and she may be on one of the local channels in a review soon.. Can't wait to see it!! We made reservations for the same day next year.. A great Christmas Tradition.
|A Christmas Toast|
Thank you Maria...I don't give many A+'s but you get one for sure!!!
If you are interested in dining with Nonna or cooking classes you may want to checkout Maria's website