Last Sunday lunch in August al fresco

Last day of August

August 31st: good food, good wine, good weather, good dogs! A fine way to end a summer that didn’t feel much like summer at all, and probably the last chance to have meals outside. While folks across the pond set out to enjoy a long holiday weekend, we celebrated the final days of August with flavors of the season.

Last lunch of August

Left to right: Riparosso by Illuminati, cialledda fredda (cold bread salad), prosciutto crudo and melon, smoked burratina and Paul Robeson toms from the garden, and sauteed portobello mushrooms in the corner. The bread salad is a snap to make. Take stale bread, tear it into pieces and moisten with a little bit of water. Toss together with chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, sliced cucumbers, dried oregano, fresh basil and black olives. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Smoked burratina

Burratina is a petite version of burrata, and this one is smoked instead of the usual plain (still excellent!) version. The smaller size presents beautifully as a single serving – look at that creamy interior!

1st Sagra del galletto americano

Sagra del galletto americano

Hey y’all! Now here’s a fun sagra that should get your tummy rumbling. Tasty grill-roasted galletto americano, taroz (a potato and green bean mash), and french fries – just 10€ and all of it washed down with cold beer. We drove north to Cosio Valtellino (Sondrio province) to see what this festival was all about and to my surprise, the galletto americano (also known simply as americanino) is none other than a Cornish game hen. Taroz is a dish that I tried making earlier this year, but this is the first time I’ve had it at a sagra.

Being that this was the first edition, we weren’t sure what to expect in terms of organization and attendance. It was pretty empty when the kitchen staff started serving at 7:30pm and it only began to fill up an hour later when we left. Still, the delicious food and foot-tapping country western music (Garth Brooks!) was such that I do hope this sagra will firmly establish itself in the community and grow to become a summer event for years to come. Bye y’all!

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