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Mangiamo 2007: That’s Amore!

November 15, 2007

When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore

When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine

That’s amore

Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay

Like a gay tarantella
Dean Martin

Ta-da! Now for the most important part of my trip- the reason why Erin and I hauled ass all the way to Italy to begin with– the WEDDING! Leslie and Alex met in Siena 7 years ago- and we were there! We were all awkward little people studying abroad, curious to explore a world outside ourselves– we became unlikely companions in the strange medieval town, and developed a friendship that is still strong today.

During that year in Italy, Alex and Leslie fell in love. Erin even witnessed their very first kiss! So yeah, this wedding was a pretty big deal– for me, it just reiterated how important that year was for all of us.

So to take it back to where it all started, the wedding was in Siena. It was so great to be there with them for the wedding, celebrating grand love Italian style- so much amore. They had a gorgeous 4pm wedding overlooking the Tuscan countryside, followed by one of the best meals EVER. The most outrageous part? It lasted 5 hours! Yes, 5 hours. Possibly the most logical way to start off a marriage, if you ask me.

So anyhow, here’s the meal, at a local favorite spot, Osteria Le Loggie. They let the party, all 40 of us, invade the 2nd floor– it’s a truly neat space and the food and service was excellent.

I think that Mirco, in the pink, is the owner of Le Logge. Molto gentile. He was a truly gracious host.

I absolutely adored the art on the walls. Many drawings and watercolors of animals- sorta dark and sinister. Check these out, they were my favorites. The pecorino one is brilliant:

We all got neatly hand-written individual menus for the evening’s meal (of course I took mine home as a souvenir). Very vegetarian friendly, as you will see- all fresh, minimally altered, very simple, very Tuscan.

I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Buon Appetito!

Carciofi al vapore con mandarino e olive
Steamed artichoke with mandarin and olives
(Very modern flavor and beautiful presentation-
the tartness of the citrus balanced well with the artichoke)

Parmigiana di melanzane
Eggplant parmigiana
(Really artistic- cheese elegantly wrapped in paper thin eggplant slices)

Ravioli di ricotta con pomodorini e olive nere
Ricotta raviolis with tomatoes and black olives

Rigatoni con funghi porcini
Rigatoni with porcini mushrooms
(Will never forget this-
pasta perfectly al dente, and the mushrooms were addictive)

Pollo farcito con prosciutto patate e spinaci
Prosciutto stuffed chicken with potatoes and spinach
(By far the best dish of the meal- have never had such succulently cooked white meat chicken, and the prociutto added just the right touch of saltiness)

Tanti auguri Leslie e Alex! Vi vogliamo bene!

When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool
That’s amore

When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet

You’re in love

When you walk down in a dream but you know you’re not

Dreaming signore
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli
That’s amore

PS: Here’s a neat gift from Alex’s Norwegian family- a cake box! I loved this thing!

Osteria Le Logge
Via del Porrione 33
53100 Siena
Tel: +39 0577-48013
Closed Sunday

All photographs by Erin Gleeson.

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Mangiamo 2007: The Best Gelateria

November 7, 2007

Upon arriving in Siena for the wedding, one of the first things I did was visit my favorite gelateria right behind the Campo. It was where I had my very first gelato ever, having just moved there 7 years ago (not counting the very forgettable cone Erin, Leslie and I got in Firenze that cost a small fortune– warning: do NOT get gelato in Firenze, you’ll be so pissed off that you spent $10 for a cup of gelato to enjoy it).

This place is on Via Banchi di Sotto, if you go up the stairs on the right side of the Campo (when you are looking at the tower). I’ve been trying to find the name of the place, as I always just knew it as “Gelateria”, and I think it’s called Gelateria Bibo, although I can’t be sure.

You can choose up to 3 different flavors for a ‘small’ cone. The boys behind the counter are experts in vigorously scraping off the frozen cream from the small tubs and methodically balancing the individual little scoops onto a cone. I had nocciola (hazelnut), pistacchio e fior di latte (milk).

Ahhh, it was nice to be back in Siena…

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