I'm amending the phrase, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" to "When in Codroipo, eat as they do." Just look at what we did for dinner a few days ago! Restaurants are wonderful but nothing beats home cooking.
We started with a branzino fish, aka Mediterranean Sea Bass. If you look at the map below, you can see how close I am to the Adriatic Sea, an off-shoot of the Mediterranean. It's too bad I can't bring this fish home to Vero Beach - it was outstandingly delicious. We steamed it with just-picked-from-the-garden tomatoes, onions, and homemade vegetable broth. So fresh!!
The garden is a treasure and we are here at the exact right time of year to reap the benefits. This salad came right out of the backyard. There is nothing like vegetables, still warm from the sunshine, picked moments before landing on your plate. Even "farm to table" doesn't quite capture the taste and it just plain feels right to eat the food grown just yards from the table. Nothing fancy, just simple and delicious.
Between the fish and the salad, we were feeling pretty healthy, so we decided to fry up some summer zucchini. Zucchini grows abundantly in this climate and breading and frying releases its summer sweetness.
And no meal is complete in Italy without wine, of course! Better still - even the wine is local! Le Celline is around the corner from where we are and we chose a Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon (Blanc) from their sizable selection.
We also pulled these grapes right from the backyard, too. On my next trip to Italy, I will have to learn how to make wine. These grapes we just ate and savored their just-picked goodness.
Pretty much everything we ate that night was super-local. So much better than mass-produced food. I wish I could eat like this every day!