Mixed grill by candlelight at Villa Minghetti

Mixed grill by candlelight at Villa Minghetti

Meals with a small group are just as important as with your own family or a larger group. We try to do a mix of eating in restaurants, eating at home, and enjoying the results of our Tuscan cooking lessons for pasta and pizza. It was fun to shop for food at the Friday street market in Lamporecchio. Hana of our group sometimes organized salad buffets at “home” in our villa. Once Kevin, our grill master, prepared meats for a candlelight dinner outdoors.

Salad bar at home for lunch

Salad bar at home for lunch. Hana was our “salad girl.” In the center are fresh figs from the garden

Our many cooks in our Italy kitchen: Christiane, from left, Nani, Hana (behind Nani), Verdine, Linda

Several cooks in our Italy kitchen: Christiane, from left, Nani, Hana (behind Nani), Verdine and Linda

Panino and espresso on the go

Panino and espresso on the go

Chef Franco taught our group (Kevin and Rae are pictured) how to make four kinds of fresh pasta with the same dough: 2 shapes of ravioli, tagliatelle, Italian macaroni. Two kinds of sauces too.

Chef Franco taught us (Kevin and Rae are pictured) how to make four kinds of fresh pasta with the same dough: 2 shapes of ravioli, tagliatelle, Italian macaroni. Two kinds of sauces too.

In the former servant's quarters, there is an old, old oven that we used to bake pizza.

In the former servant’s quarters, there is an old, old wood-burning oven that we used to bake pizza.

Pete's pizza copy

Pete made pizza from scratch for the first time, using mozzarella, capers, and anchovies – Napoli style. Chef Franco approves!

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