Hubby and I always go to Ristorante Lo Schiaccianoci in Pisa, Italy whenever we are fortunate enough to find ourselves there for vacation. So, when I walked in to the restaurant for dinner in May, one of the owners (Serenella) was delighted to see me…that is, UNTIL she looked behind me towards the doorway, and there was no Hubby there….
The look on her face was one of fright, disappointment, and sadness – like “Where is HE?” “Are you alone?” ” Has something happened since you were here the last time?”
And of course, I tried to explain to her in my fragmented “Eng-Talian” and a whole lotta hand waving that the “Marito” (husband) would be here on “Sabato” (Saturday) in one week….Nothing had happened and we were actually still happily married and here to celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss. WHEW! All was good in the world again!
Sat down for a tasty dinner of Spaghetti alla Vongole, which happens to be my all time favorite dish. In the US, we can not in any way, shape, or form get tiny little tasty clams like these. It is a total mystery to me how such a simple plate of food could possess me in such a way….
Of course, there was some Vermentino wine involved in washing down all of that bread I
lightly picked at ate with the gusto of a hound dog enjoyed like a lady dining alone.
But of course, dessert was a festive occasion, since I got to eat ALL OF IT by myself. Oh, joy of joys! It was a
huge portion small plate of delicate mixed delights. Oh, did I mention I had cancelled the vegetables in order to eat dessert because I did not want to get too full?…tee hee!
Hello, Mr. Dolce…..! Mixed fruit, panna cotta with chocolate, tart with raisins, AND chocolate cake with chocolate sauce. Does it get any better than this, ya’ll?
Yes, I sat in my comfy chair, in Italy, eating dinner alone, and being thankful for all that we have been blessed with in our lives. And yes, those blessings should indeed include dessert.
Surrounded by a language I do not speak but un po (a little), it sounds just like music to me. With the clinking of the forks, the glasses, and then….quiet….as the patrons enjoy yet another meal with their dinner partner and friends. Ah, the sounds of “Sabato” (Saturday) dinner in a land far away, yet so close to us in our hearts. All is well!