Ahhh.. after hours in the air we are in Italy. My daughter and her family are stationed in Naples. They live in the town of Maddaloni in the Campagnia region, in southern Italy. To the left is a shot of some of the town from their roof top patio.
After picking us up from the airport we stopped at a shop that sold bufala mozzarella, cheeses, prosciutto and charcuterie of all kinds, pastas and breads. My daughter bought some mozzarella and prosciutto and headed home.
Of course my main reason to be here was to see my granddaughters. BUT...I have to say the food was incredible and there was lots of it!
My oldest granddaughter Tianna.
The little ones.. Ariana and Lana
And... lunch. Prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes and bread. Simple and delicious. Welcome to Italy.
|appetizers of french fries, fried potato balls, and different fried pieces of dough|
|salami type sausage|
|Antipasti, prosciutto, olives, seafood|
|bruschetta - baked pizza dough topped with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes and basil|
|another bruschetta of lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella and tuna|
|Lana with a birthday cake the restaurant presented to her with a birthday song.|
Day 2 Easter..
|Lana and Ari with their Easter masks|
|table set for lunch|
|Michelina and Johnny|
|bread with eggs,ham and cheese|
|broccoli rabe with pork, sausage, pork tripe|
|pasta with a meat sauce|
|roast lamb and potaotes|
|barbecued aritchoke stuffed with parsley,garlic and cheese|
|Easter cake and chocolates|
|a custard like pie and a traditional Easter cake|
I think after all this eating it was time for a nap.
Though the weather was rainy off and on we took advantage of the sunny days to do some sight seeing.
We took advantage of a nice day and went to the city of Naples. It is crazy busy there. I have never seen a place with so many people walking the streets and cars everywhere! In the narrow alley ways and side streets you had to watch out for the cars and the motor scooters. It was an experience.
Of course when your in Naples you HAVE to have pizza. My friend Marlena Spieler recommended Sorbillo Pizzeria. Great suggestion... delicious pizza.
|my pizza with prosciutto, onions, mozzarella and gorganzola|
|a happy pizza face|
|Kobie and Summer at the Il Capitano Ristorante|
|gnocchi with clams|
Our last stop was the medieval town of Sant'Ageta. The restaurant we originally wanted to go to was closed but we found this one, which I can't remember the name of but again more food than you can imagine. No menu, they just bring out food. There were 7 of us five adults and two little ones. They brought out two portions of each of these dishes, one for each side of the table. Again it was a good thing that there was walking involved.
|appetizer- focaccia bread|
|one of the salami plate appetizers|
|fried potato balls, kind of like tater tots but better|
|cheese plate, kind of like a dry ricotta with different flavors|
|garbanzo bean soup,there was also a split pea soup|
|pasta course, gnocchi and a peperoncini pasta|
|desert~apple strudel with poached pears|
We had a wonderful time with my family. The food was abundant and delicious and the towns we visited were beautiful and interesting. It always amazes me to see the medieval towns and wonder how they were built and how all the artwork was done and how it could all still be standing and beautiful.
I love Italy..I hope I get to go back a few more times while they are stationed there.