You threw this party for me? Well, to be honest, they didn’t. But sometimes two separate events come together and the proverbial “whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.”
“The stunning coastal region of Campania is situated in southern Italy in the ‘shin of the boot’, and anchored by its capital of Naples. Its name comes from Campania felix, a Latin phrase roughly meaning 'fertile land', and its strong historical link to the vine (dating back to the 12th century BC) makes it one of the oldest Italian regions.
“Many generations of the Alois family have worked in the silk business, producing high-quality textiles that have been displayed in the Louvre, the Vatican, the Quirinale (home of the president of Italy), and the White House. In the early 20th century, the company,
On to the second course—oven-roasted Louisiana shrimp with olives, chiles, and garlic which was served with another white wine—Pellagrello Bianco “Ciaiti.”
It was course number three that caused Chuck no end of concern. “I don’t know about eating pig’s feet” was his initial reaction. But not to worry. This was a pig’s feet sugo that was served over creamy
“Sugo derives from succo (juices) and refers to pan drippings from the cooking of meats, rich meat-based sauces along the lines of sugo alla Bolognese, or thick vegetable sauces (which often, though not always, go over pasta)” (italianfood.about.com). Here the meat had been removed from the bones and served in a rich non-tomato gravy. And, despite his concerns, he finished every speck. And this course was accompanied by a red—Pellagrello Nero.
By the time we got to the fourth course—oven-roasted baby lamb with gnocchi, fava beans, and gremolata (a chopped herb condiment made of garlic, parsley, and lemon peel)—I was already too full to do this course justice and only ate a small portion of the lamb and
That evening we also had the opportunity to meet Jeff’s partner in Ancora—Adolfo Garcia—who also owns High Hat Café next door along with a number of other New Orleans restaurants.
What a birthday!!! Thanks Jeff and Adolfo for this 5.0 Addie present.