Lisa’s Italian Foodventure!

Joel and I had a bit of a ‘food-focus’ on our trip to Italy…


our first dinner in Varenna on Lake Como at Il Cavatappi… everything on the menu looked soooo good
we ate ‘spanish’ style … small plates…that way we could try more things
Joel’s  favorite…the sardines on polenta cake

drinks in Italy always come with snacks 🙂

headed to Milan for a day trip…had lunch at Trattoria La Pesa…a recommendation from Nancy, the owner of The Gracious Gourmet…well worth the train & bus ride, as you can see from our plate

while is Positano in the Amalfi Coast we headed to a local favorite….La Tagliata
a set menu with great food and, to our surprise, entertainment that included the  kitchen staff

the band & the head chef 🙂

the lemons grown on the terraced hills  in the Amalfi coast …. they are huge!  the sun & ocean air combine with volcanic soil give them grapefruit-size lemons….used in limoncello (great after every meal!) ….and we had a fabulous lemon-cream fettucini.  I wish we could get these lemons here…a bit more sweet then ours…locals even eat them raw

enjoying limoncello …when we arrived in Positano the cab driver warned us … one glass of limoncello is like two glasses of wine!



roman-style pizza …. rectangular in shape & sold by the pound…. I ripped out an article of best Italian food from Saveur Magazine years ago … they recommend Pizzarium … and they were right … some typical toppings but some twists too, and a crunchy crust made from a handed-down starter


a layover in London took us to the Borough Market!  loved it!  great food … great people watching

over 15 kinds of pot pie! …I couldn’t decide

macaroons the size of baseballs!

a cheddar- canadian bacon burger & pimm’s cocktail

ostrich eggs & meats

the cutest shortbread cookies… southport grocery may need to borrow this idea 🙂

waiting in line for fish n chips


bon appetit!

  1. Anne - June 22, 2011

    Great pix. I think Southport should also “borrow” the idea of an occasional musical number via kitchen staff!

  2. Bob Rice - June 30, 2011

    Great pictures – Sounds like a lot of fun – non-stop eating. I hope there was some sight seeing.

  3. Lucy McMullen - June 30, 2011

    Hi, Joel and Lisa.

    Your Italian adventure looks fabulous! Made me hungry just looking at the pics.

  4. Rosalind Lusk - July 17, 2011

    Hi, Joel and Lisa. Wow! Terrific pictures. Makes my husband, Michael and me want to take the same trip to Italy. I’ll be asking for your recommendations and suggestion when we do go. Shortbread cookies idea is great! I really enjoyed your cafe. Everything was delicious. Can’t wait to visit again.


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