Wednesday, September 19, 2012

a birthday dinner


(Bologna) My parents have been visiting since the arrival of the bebe this past July and so we've been double lucky to all be together last week to celebrate my father's 71st birthday.
Birthdays are always special but this year, it's, super special, as he's celebrating for the very first time as a grandfather, or nonno (as they say in Italy). An evening filled with cheer and of course a menu of delishness. I ordered fresh fish from the market, vongole, cooked in a broth of olive oil, prosecco, garlic, pepperoncino rosso and flakes of parsley as our starter.  For the main course, fillet of sole, cooked in a lemon butter white wine sauce, topped with fresh salted capers, all the way from Sicily. We skipped the birthday cake, and instead, devoured an assortment of miniature pastries, including mini tiramisu's and cannoli's. Yum! And of course, the Bansh even joined in on the soiree.

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