Today we had a chef come in and give us a class in making pizza from scratch—the good kind, with thin crust done in the outdoor wood-fired oven. I don’t envy the guy who had to get the oven going for us on this hot day. Meanwhile, we were inside with the air conditioning on, each making our own pizzas. I went for a pizza con funghi and prosciutto, while Nancy loaded hers up with every kind of cheese they make here. The girls kept theirs simple with tomatoes and mozzarella. Mom and dad jazzed theirs up with some basil, which grows in big bushy bunches along the side of the villa, along with sage and thyme—it’s almost garrigue-like. Almost.
After pulling the pizzas out of the oven, we devoured as much as we could (you work up an appetite doing nothing all day), along with a bottle of Nicolò d’Afflito Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana Castel Ruggero 2004, which was soft and pure with easygoing plum fruit and a hint of herb.
The sun got a bit harsh later in the day, and a well-intentioned bike ride (with thoughts of my disapproving personal trainer back home) was cut short. So with nothing to do after a late day swim, we sipped a Pietracupa Greco di Tufa 2005, which has tasty white peach, green almond and floral notes, and we debated the dinner menu. In a first, we debated the dinner menu for tomorrow night at the same time.
In the end, we settled on some white truffle ravioli followed by some grilled chicken breasts topped with prosciutto and sage for tonight. We haven’t settled on tomorrow’s dinner yet, but as we down a bottle of Castello di Querceto Colli della Toscana Centrale Il Querciolaia 2003 along with a sunset that leads into a fresh, cool evening, I’m starting to see why people like it here.
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